Museum celebrates 25 years

Mayor Kim Forward with museum founder Dr Peter Marsden
Mayor Kim Forward with museum founder Dr Peter Marsden

THE Shipwreck Museum marked its silver jubilee with an event attended by friends and supporters including the Mayor, and MP.

The museum, in Rock-a-Nore, which has had more than a million visitors since it opened its doors in 1986, hosted its 25th anniversary celebrations on Saturday, October 1.

Archaeologist and museum founder Dr Peter Marsden, was presented with an inscribed compass by MP Amber Rudd, in recognition of all his hard work.

She then paid tribute to the commitment and energy of the volunteers.

Jacqui Stanford, chairman of the Nautical Museums Trust, which runs the museum said: “Without the ongoing support of friends and volunteers, the museum wouldn’t be where it is today.”

Around 50 people attended the event, including experts from the fields of diving and marine archaeology. Mayor Kim Forward used a naval sword to cut the 25th anniversary cake, in the shape of the famous shipwreck Amsterdam, on the shore at Bulverhythe. Following the speeches and presentations, guests were given the opportunity to look at plans for the proposed new education wing.