Friends of Gosport Museum

This is the web site for the Friends of Gosport Museum

The Friends of Gosport Museum are a group of people interested in the Gosport Museum. This includes the Museum on the Mezzanine in the Discovery Centre. Gosport Museum and Art Gallery in the building on the corner of Walpole Road and Clarence Road which is under the name ‘Gosport Museum and Art Gallery’ and is part of the Hampshire Cultural Trust. The members give support to the organizers where they can, which is very important at a time of reorganization and redevelopment.

The Friends of Gosport Museum web site can be accessed using both domains  and .

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Building was built as a Technical Library, used as a Grammar School then a museum, gallery and SEARCH Geology Gallery, and Local Studies Centre   
The Beginning of The Friends of Gosport Museum

Gosport Museum was founded in 1975 to record all aspects of the history of Gosport from the earliest times to the present. It was housed, where the old Central Library had been. The Grammar School was in there before that. (This is building in the photograph above). The Friends of Gosport Museum was created in 1990. The inaugural meeting was held in the Gosport Council Chamber on Monday 22nd October at 7pm for a 7.30pm meeting, which set-up a Steering Committee. After 4 meetings of that committee, the Founder Members Inaugural Meeting was Monday 20th May 1991. I have been advised that the first membership was paid and membership number issued, 9101 on the 15th March 1991 to Margaret Roberts. Thank you to David Moore who gave me that information and cleared up a number of questions I had about the past officers and committee.  I feel the beginning of The Friends of Gosport Museum was that date. 

Current Friends of Gosport Museum (FoGM)

Membership of the Friends of Gosport Museum is open to all at a low subscription. This will remain at £6 for individual member and £9 for a couple for 2020/21, subscription for that year is due from 1st April  2020. If you join from November 2019, your membership continues to the 31st March 2021. You can just be a supporter or do as much as you wish such as volunteering to steward exhibitions, helping visitors and answering questions. They sometimes have events for schools and others to hear about the past, so some members talk about their time when younger to these groups. There is a committee you could join and one post has been vacant for a few years, Project Director, directing research and events.
There is a list of resource items available to lend to FoGM Members.

List of Current Members of the Committee

GDPR General Date Protection Regulations from 25th May 2018

September/ October  Newsletter is now on the Newsletters 2020 Page

Committee Meetings and AGM Postponed

Gosport Gallery now open
There will be a number of changes to conform to CoVid 19 rules.

Virtual Tour of Gosport Gallery Open Art Exhibition

Donations and Requests for Information for Stored Items
The Gosport Museum collections are looked after by Hampshire Cultural Trust. For collection enquiries or donations please contact
Gosport Venue Manager

Meeting Rooms for Hire – Hoping to reopen soon
Rooms for 6 to 70 (or a few more) in the Old Grammar School building housing SEARCH and Gosport Gallery.
For information Wendy Redman Tel: 023 9250 1957

BAfM  Friends of Gosport Museum is no longer a member of the British Association of Friends of Museums.

Hampshire Archive Trust Membership Support Hampshire Records Office

Gosport HGS Family History Group Talks associated with Family History

Gosport Local History Luncheon Club  Group meets around once a month at lunch times for history talks and discussion. Information, Photos, History and Memories of Gosport.

Updated 27th October 2020