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Current exhibitions about HMS Daedalus 

Visit the "Aviation history of Lee-on-the-Solent" Exhibition of the Gosport Aviation Society

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presenting an EXHIBITION

Readers may like to know that the 'History of HMS Daedalus Exhibition
                 from 1917- 1996', has now finished at No2 Battery at Stokes Bay, but will re-open at Gosport Library on Monday 22nd October until
                 November 3rd. Admission free. Your last chance, don't miss it!

Displaying the story of

AVIATION AT LEE ON THE SOLENT 1917 - 1996

The exhibition originally opened at No 2 Battery at Stokes Bay. The Mayors of Gosport & Fareham attended a special opening on Friday 25th May 2001. The exhibition was opened by Admiral Bell-Davis. The exhibition reopened at Gosport Library.

The aviation history of Lee-on-the-Solent is the subject of a major exhibition being held this summer. Organised by Gosport Aviation Society the show will cover seventy-nine years of history, from the stations early days in 1917 to its closure in 1996. As well as charting the development of flying along the solents northern shores, the comprehensive display of photo's will help illustrate the development of the Lee-on-the-Solent and Hill Head areas particulary in the pre-World War 2 years.

The exhibition consiasts of 50 panels including photos, recollections by former servicemen and of today's Search and Rescue team and details of different aspects of the airfield's history, as well as a model of the airfield.

The exhibition is in Stokes Bay, with its sweeping line of trees forming an impressive backcloth, has probably the most natural appearance of any urban beach on the South Coast. No. 2 Battery and the remnants of the old fortifications are a vivid reminder of the Bay’s military history and Stanley
Park, together with Bay House and Alverbank House surviving in almost their original settings, ad a sense of grandeur.

No. 2 Battery, Stokes Bay

Next to the westernmost of the 3 car parks on Stokes Bay, No.2 battery was built in the 1860's as part of the Gosport Defences. It mounted 15 64 pounders on traversing carriages trained both eastwards across Stokes Bay, and westwards across Browndown. It never saw action, just being used for barrage balloons and plane spotting in WWII. During the 60's the moats were filled in and it became part of a mobile home park, but recently the 3 eastern casemates have been restored to form a summer exhibition centre.

If you would like further information please contact Joyce Upperton, on Tel: 023 9258 2489, or write to 60 Oval Gardens, Gosport, Hants, PO12 2RB.

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