The John Gibbins Gallery – a space for creativity and exploration

The John Gibbins Gallery overlooking the workshop in the Longshed provides an excellent venue for events, creative projects, performances, exhibitions, or just to watch what is going on.  We want people to use the Gallery as a space to explore ideas and find out about all aspects of maritime heritage and culture, for example:

  • the heritage and science of ship design and construction
  • how rivers and the sea influenced people’s lives, from Roman times to the twenty first century – looking from boats that are being constructed or maintained in the workshop, along the River to the Thames estuary, North Sea and beyond
  • what factors are important in building boats for different purposes and how boat construction has changed over time
  • how boats have been used as transport for produce and for people
  • where people travelled to and from Suffolk in boats
  • songs, music and stories of the River Deben and the sea

The photos below show the sorts of things that go on in other Maritime Heritage centres.  If you have ideas for using the Gallery please let us know.  Contact Clare Perkins:

Vikingeskibsmuseet Roskilde

Amsterdam Maritime Museum



Boatshed 4 in Portsmouth