Maritime history ‘first’

S51542H13 The Marlipins Museum will open for the new season on May 1
S51542H13 The Marlipins Museum will open for the new season on May 1

SHOREHAM’s maritime history will be explored at the Marlipins Museum when its full collection of ship paintings goes on show for the first time.

The exhibition, called Maritime, will launch the new season on Thursday, May 1.

Liza McKinney, from Friends of Marlipins Museum, said: “The exhibition displays for the first time the museum’s wonderful collection of around 80 ship portrait paintings.

“This unique exhibition depicts Shoreham’s historical maritime history.”

Emma O’Connor, the Sussex Archeaological Society’s senior museums officer, has curated the exhibition with the help of custodians drawn from the Friends.

The collection illustrates Shoreham’s rich maritime and shipping past, distant lands visited and remarkable voyages embarked upon by sailors from the town.

There are also captivating personal accounts of surviving wrecks off Chile and on-board accounts of surviving German air raid attacks in the Channel.

Mrs McKinney added: “The paintings illustrate vessels that sailed from Shoreham across the world. There are tales of wrecks, a miraculous escape for a pig and canary.”

The Museum is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10.30 am to 4.30pm. Admission is £2.50 and £1 for children. There will be talks to accompany the exhibition and summer holiday children’s story and art activity workshops.

The Friends of Marlipins Museum are responsible for the day-to-day running, opening and management of the museum.

Mrs McKinney said: “The Friends contribute extraordinary hours, in excess of 3,000 annually, and resources to support the museum.”

They are continuing their campaign to raise awareness of Marlipins Museum and secure funds for roof repairs.