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Blakes: An Elson Grievance (Event from 2020)

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Gosport Museum and Art Gallery, 50 Clarence Road, Gosport, Hampshire, PO12 1BU

There were lots of protests in Gosport in the 1890s – over education, water, and drainage. But why were local ratepayers and the military so enraged by plans to build a hospital in Elson…?

Follow this illustrated talk given by retired museum curator, Dot Bedenham, and hear the story from the purchase of the land through to the final building of the hospital in 1898 and its conversion to a maternity home in the 1940s.

The talk will last approx. 1 hour





Pre-booking: RequiredYou can self-book via our web link. But, for people who may experience difficulty with booking online, we can help. Either pop into the Gosport Tourist Information Centre at the bus station (Mon-Sat 1000-1600) or call our Assisted Booking line: 07849 399 823.

Booking opens:
29 August 2020 10:00
Booking closes:
9 September 2020 16:00


Some Blue Badge and on-road parking alongside Museum. Large car park close by in South Street – charges apply. The Discovery Centre close by (open Mon, Wed, Thur, Sat 10-4) has a cafe and a ‘Changing Places’ facility. The venue is on E1 bus route.


COVID-19 Considerations

This event will be subject to local & national government guidelines at the time of the festival. Hand sanitiser will be provided on entry. All visitors will be required to bring and wear a face mask. Seating for the talk will be socially distanced for individual people. On booking please advise if you are attending with anyone else in your ‘Bubble’ so we can seat you closer together. Track and Trace information will be gathered at the point of booking, but please advise us of any alterations to such information. Please do not attend any event if you feel unwell or have been in any contact with anyone who has displayed Coronavirus symptoms.


We hope to video this live event and make that available on the Gosport webpage link for anyone unable to attend in person.


Dot Bedenham

MAP/DIRECTIONS (Approximate) 

Entrance is at the front of the building (in High Street) through the green double doors.