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Temporary Exhibition Programme

More than 100,000 people have visited a Forgotten Wrecks Temporary Exhibition at one of the venues along the south coast. Through these exhibitions you can discover more about the project, the war at sea off the south coast of England, and First World War shipwrecks local to the host county. 


Forgotten Wrecks Temporary Exhibitions can currently be seen at:

Rochester Guildhall, Kent

29th November 2016 - 30th March 2017

Cornwall Services, St Austell, A30

Now until 19th March 2017

Shipwreck Museum, Hastings, Sussex 

8th December 2016 - 3rd April 2017

Barnstaple Museum, Devon

28th February 2017 - 26th April 2017


Current confirmed future exhibition dates and locations:



Cornwall at War Museum, Camelford (August - October 2017)



Lynmouth National Park Centre (Exmoor)  15th December 2016 - 28th February 2016 & November 2017

Barnstaple Museum March/April 2017

Totnes Guildhall  May-Oct 2017

Teign Heritage Centre (1st March 2018 - 31st May 2018)



Calshot Castle, Hampshire (1 April - 30 September 2017)

Hurst Castle, Hampshire (30th September 2017 - May 2018)





Margate Museum (April 2017)

Defence of the Nation Museum and Education Centre, Ramsgate (May and June 2017)

Dover Museum (July 2017 - January 2018)



Look and Sea, Littlehampton, Sussex (May - September 2017)

Worthing Museum (5th December 2017 - 27th February 2018)



Potential venues

If you would like to host an exhibition, or have suggestions for future venues PLEASE CLICK HERE



The Maritime Archaeology Trust is grateful to Martin Woodward and Dave Wendes for the loan of the artefacts that are being used for the Temporary Exhibitions.

More of Martin’s extensive collection can be seen at the Shipwreck Centre, Arreton Old Village, Isle of Wight.
Dave Wendes of Wight Spirit Diving Charters has published his extensive research in South Coast Shipwrecks: East Dorset and Wight 1870-1979 which is available from Amazon.

Previous venues for the Forgotten Wrecks Temporary Exhibitions

Please note, the exhibition is no longer at these venues:


Porthcurno, Cornwall -18th September 2015 - 21st March 2016

Heartlands, Cornwall 16th March - 18th September 2015

Mount Edgcumbe, Cornwall - 18th March - 21st October 2016



Devonport Naval Heritage Centre, Devon 15th February - 3rd June 2016

Collumpton Services (M5 Junction 28), Devon, 18th June - 18th December 2015


Devon Heritage Centre, Exeter, Devon 18th December 2015 - 15th February 2016

Overbecks, Devon 3rd June - 31st August 2016

Torquay Zoo, Devon (14th September - 16th November 2016



Look and Sea,  Littlehampton, Sussex - 3rd November 2015 - 14th March 2016

Look & Sea, Littlehampton

Seven Sisters Country Park Visitor Centre, Sussex - 3rd June - 3rd November 2015

Sussex Express Article

Eastbourne Redoubt, Sussex (21st March - 14th November 2016)



Thanet Visitor and Information Centre, Kent

Folkestone Library, Kent - 2nd February - 15th March 2016

St Peter's Church, Folkestone [Shepway HEART]

About the Opening: Hawkinge Gazette

About the Exhibition: a personal view 

 16th November - February 2016

St Peter's Church, Kent 

Romney Marsh Visitor Centre, Kent, 5th August - 15th November 2015

Reculver Visitor Centre and Country Park, Kent (26th May - 5th August 2015)


South Foreland Lighthouse, Kent (15th March -  11th November 2016)



Sunken Secrets, Isle of Wight 25th March - 2nd November 2015

The Forgotten Wrecks Temporary Exhibition at Sunken Secrets, Fort Victoria

Bursledon Brickworks, Hampshire 29th March - 20th July 2016