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History of No5 Battery (Event from 2023)

The Diving Museum, No 2 Battery, Stokes Bay Road, Gosport, Hampshire, PO12 2QU

Come and hear about No 5 Battery, built in the early 1860s as part of the Stokes Bay Lines to defend the western flank of Portsmouth Royal Dockyard, and especially learn of its later use and the record-breaking diving research conducted there…

No 5 Battery is now derelict and inaccessible. However, the speaker, Gavin Anthony invites you along to No 2 Battery (now the Diving Museum) for this illustrated talk which will lead you through the history of the site and its changing purpose from defence to research…

And there are plans for housing development at the site of No 5 Battery, but that’s a story for another day….

Duration 60 minutes.

Event Times

Tuesday 12 September: 1900

Booking Details

No booking required


accesible toilets Toilets steps Service dogs welcome Partially accessible Accesible parking parking Mobility impaired family friendly



Some steps at the entrance to Museum but level once inside. Blue Badge spaces in car park beside venue, close to Museum entrance. A public toilet block, including accessible, just outside the Museum.

Additional Information

Please arrive 10 minutes before start of event to get seating and settled.

Organised by

Gavin Anthony & The Diving Museum