By Chief Correspondent Rob Thomas
AN INTEGRAL part of the Gosport Past and Present exhibition is the chance for people to share their memories of the town and influence future displays at the revamped museum.
More than 60 paintings adorn the walls of the Gosport Gallery and on Thursday, Friday and Saturday next week – 10th to 12th of June – a video booth will be in the Gallery ready to record reminiscences of living in the borough.
Extending an open invitation to take part in adding to local history, the Gosport Gallery and SEARCH Venue Manager, Wendy Redman, said: “We would like people to come along and share their memories of Gosport by recording them in the booth. It will help to shape the content of the new museum.”
“People don’t need to prepare. What we want are the stories that make Gosport special.”
Wendy also confirmed that it need not just be personal memories but can include stories passed down the generations from grandparents to parents.
For those who do not fancy video recording themselves or cannot get to the exhibition next week, there is a survey sheet available at the Gallery and online.
The paintings on display are by local artists Neil Marshall and David Whitson – Neil depicting Gosport Past, and David concentrating on the Present.
The town’s maritime links are prominent in the works of both artists especially those by David. He only moved to Gosport three years ago and has found, “the harbour a constant source of inspiration”.
And he added: “The skies around here are phenomenal – especially wonderful skies over the Solent.”
The Gosport Past and Present exhibition will be at the Gallery in Ordnance Road, off the High Street, until August 28. Entry is free and the doors are open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm.
In these Covid times, visitors to the Gallery are asked to book in advance using the Gallery’s website, and to wear a face mask when inside the building.