BEMBRIDGE MARITIME MUSEUM AND SHIPWRECK CENTRE
Expansion and relocation plans are currently under way for Bembridge Maritime
Museum, which, sadly may mean it having to move out of the village.
The business has outgrown its present site and needs more space having
recently acquired a lot of new material from two other mainland museums that
have recently closed down.
It is also hoped new premises will enable the vintage Bembridge Lifeboats the
Queen Victoria (1887) and the Langham (1922) to be housed in an added lifeboat
Museum owner Martin Woodward said he is also anxious to dispel rumours that
the business is closing down. He said, “I am very sad to be considering moving
out of Bembridge after 26 years of the museum being in the village centre but
there is now no other option.”
“Apart from the expansion limitations of our present premises another
contributing factor is the chronic lack of parking. Visitors won’t stop if
they can’t find anywhere to park.”
It is the intention that the museum will be turned back into residential
housing but only by converting the present building in a way that will leave the
exterior little changed.