The Town Hall (Entrance opposite The Discovery Centre), High Street, Gosport, Hampshire, PO12 1EB
As part of the Heritage Open Days, the council is throwing open its doors. Visitors can look at the silverware, paintings and other gifts presented to the council over the years.
There are some wonderful items displayed in the Civic Wing, but unless you are going along to a Council meeting or perhaps coming to see the Mayor, you won’t get to see them. There are paintings and items on display in the Mayors Parlour and in the vast cabinet outside, plus many others outside of the Council Chamber. Due to a lack of space, many items have to be kept in storage, but this event will give the public the chance to see and enjoy the wonderful things presented to the Borough over the years.
Some are valuable, others sentimental, but all have been given in friendship to the Borough. As a town with a great Naval and Military history, there are also, as you might expect, many unusual and unique items. These include a naval grog tub, a pair of brass cannons, a magnificent Royal Marines Light Infantry (RMLI) drum, a 200 year old RMLI crest (which was originally displayed in Egypt before being returned to Forton Barracks), and a statue of Horatio Nelson.
There are also ships plaques, silver trophies, gifts from our Royan Twinning visitors, beautiful pictures which include everything from a Limited Edition print of the D.Day Overlord to original Snape paintings. All are truly magnificent and special and important to our history.
The tour will be guided by former mayors Cllr John Beavis and Geoff O’Neil.
Tours last 90 minutes.
Please note that this an Event from 2016
‘Pay & Display’ in nearby car parks. Free disabled parking nearby. On the main bus route. Ramped access at entrance. Stairs or lift to upper floors. Rest points. Refreshments are available in nearby Discovery Centre.
Virtual Tour: http://www.gosport.gov.uk/sections/your-council/virtual/