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Weʼre raising £40,000 to determine the feasibility of establishing a Plymouth based Cold War & Maritime Heritage museum with HMS COURAGEOUS as a prime exhibit

Plymouth, UK

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The Cold War was the open yet restricted confrontation that developed after the end of WWII in 1945 between the West and the Soviet Union across many fronts of the globe; it ended with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. For most of the period it involved a secretive underwater competition and submarine rivalry in the North Atlantic and Pacific oceans involving ships, submarines and maritime patrol aircraft.

The UK has many military museums, but few dedicated to a single period and confrontation. The history of the Royal Navy is curated primarily by the National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) based in Portsmouth.

Plymouth, arguably the port with the longest association with the Navy, has only the small, locally managed, Devonport Naval Heritage Centre as its maritime museum. Space and other constraints mean that it does not include the more recent and technical history of the Cold War.

A campaign to preserve the late 20th century nuclear powered submarine HMS COURAGEOUS has therefore been developed and its scope expanded to propose the creation a Cold War & Maritime Heritage Museum as part of the Oceansgate regeneration project for part of Devonport Dockyard.

The Museum will have a strong theme about Plymouth and the role played by the city in supporting submarines, ships and crews during the Cold War, with HMS COURAGEOUS at the heart of the project on permanent display in its own dock.

Combining modern technology with Cold War artefacts the museum will tell a story about how technology and innovation was and is used in the maritime domain, demonstrating the transition from academic theory, through technical innovation to real capabilities. An exciting and unique proposition that combines STEM with a window to career developments in the Southwest, it also promotes Plymouth as the UK’s Ocean City with a rich maritime history.

Oceansgate architects have created for us a concept design for the proposed museum which can be seen here Concept video . A short video outlining the current COURAGEOUS visitor experience is here Visitor intro .

If our vision can be achieved it would explain the importance of maritime power to the UK, raise public awareness of Plymouth and offer a number of other specific benefits. The objectives of this project are to:

• Illustrate the history of the Cold War through recorded testimonies, and artefacts - ships, submarines, maritime patrol aircraft and their crews.

• Open to the public the preserved nuclear-powered submarine, HMS COURAGEOUS so that they may understand the life and experience of submariners of all nations.

• Explain the unique role Plymouth played during the Cold War in supporting ships, submarines, maritime patrol aircraft, their crews, training and families.

• Explain the significance of maritime power for an island nation like the UK.

• Support the Plymouth Oceansgate regeneration project of Devonport dockyard, by aligning 20th C technology with the planned 21st C Maritime Technology Innovation Centre.

• Promote the Southwest as a central hub in the UK for STEM, innovation and technology.

• Demonstrate the capabilities of industry and businesses in the Southwest.

• Promote tourism in Plymouth and the Southwest.

The first phase of this ambitious project is to complete a rigorous feasibility study in 2021 to determine practicality, costs and timelines. To deliver this will cost an estimated £40K which, with your help, we hope to raise by Christmas 2020. Every contribution, great or small, will help us make this ambition real.

Your support in being able to tell the unique underwater Cold War with the maritime history of Plymouth and the Submarine Service, before it is lost, is greatly appreciated.

The RNRMC have kindly agreed to support this project and handle all initial donations. The Feasibility Study Fund is managed by the Royal Navy Royal Marine Submarine Fund (RNRMC SMF).

Should there be a surplus left in the fund after commissioning the Feasibility Study it will be donated to the Submarine Memorial Fund. If do not manage to hit our target we will aim to carry out much of the feasibility study as possible, liaising with the Oceansgate Project team to maximise 'value for money'.

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  • Ian Whitehouse2 days ago
    Ian Whitehouse

    Ian Whitehouse

    2 days ago

    Very pleased that Friends of We Remember Submariners are supporting us. Their Chairman said: “creating such a museum would present a tangible history of experiences from the sea, in the air and underwater ...... . This aligns with the planned Submarine Memorial for the National Memorial Arboretum which will commemorate the sacrifice of all those that have died whilst in the submarine service. One is to remember how lives were lived, the other to remember lives lost. Two strands, one purpose.

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  • Ian Whitehouse3 days ago
    Ian Whitehouse

    Ian Whitehouse

    3 days ago

    The Cold War was the open yet restricted confrontation that developed after the end of WWII in 1945 between the West and the Soviet Union. For most of the period it involved a secretive underwater competition and submarine rivalry in the North Atlantic and Pacific oceans involving ships, submarines and maritime patrol aircraft. The UK has many military museums, but few dedicated to a single period and confrontation. Our aim is to raise funds & scope a Cold War & Maritime Heritage Museum for Plymouth. Please help us by spreading the word.

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  • Ian Whitehouse16 days ago
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    Ian Whitehouse

    16 days ago

    Thank you for donating toward our£40,000 target. In just 7 days we have already raised £9,135. Your generosity and messages of support are encouraging. Ian Whitehouse and I will do all we can to establish a Cold War & Maritime Heritage Museum with COURAGEOUS its centre. We have also approached potential sponsors in the ’submarine industry’. However, such businesses have processes; help from them will take some time. Please continue to help by spreading the word of this important campaign to friends, colleagues and others. John Weale

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  • Chas Cooke - (Forendy and poor foreplanesman, 1974 to 1978)

    Chas Cooke - (Forendy and poor foreplanesman, 1974 to 1978)

    Sep 24, 2020

    As founder of The HMS Courageous Association I was delighted to learn of this effort to permanently preserve her and to add some well deserved maritime history to Plymouth. Good Luck in your efforts.

    £50.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Sep 24, 2020

    £20.00

  • George Teasdale

    George Teasdale

    Sep 24, 2020

    Great idea

    £20.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Sep 23, 2020

    £100.00

  • Henry the Navigator

    Henry the Navigator

    Sep 22, 2020

    All the best for the project.

    £50.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Sep 21, 2020

    David Griggs Dreadnought Association.

    £20.00

  • Derek Page

    Derek Page

    Sep 21, 2020

    Good luck with the crowd funding.

    £50.00

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Ian Whitehouse

Ian Whitehouse

Plymouth, UK

Joined the Royal Navy in '70, becoming a submariner in '76 serving in - Otter, Sealion, Spartan, Olympus, Onyx (in command), CTF 311, Trafalgar, MoD and Sovereign (in command). Fully retired I am involved in a number of charity and fund raising activities.

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