The Museum houses memorabilia from the old Royal Navy shore establishment HMS Ganges, including the ship’s figurehead, honours board and clocks.
From 1905 until 1976 HMS Ganges was a training establishment for the Royal Navy. The museum houses almost 10,000 artefacts, many donated by Ex-Ganges boys or their families. It’s also home to a very large collection of photographs, artefacts and original documents relating to life at Shotley, which are of value to both casual visitors and researchers alike. In addition a small number of documents relating to the original HMS Ganges when afloat are now available to view in the museum. Visitors can also see the original HMS Ganges figurehead (built Bombay 1821) now restored to its full glory.
The museum is manned by volunteers, many of which are former Ganges boys.