Remains from the Great War lie, largely hidden and unknown, just off our south coast shores. Many are the final resting place of those who lost their lives when the vessels sank.

Fascinating and moving stories of bravery and sacrifice surrounding these sites are being revealed by the Maritime Archaeology Trust through their Heritage Lottery Funded Forgotten Wrecks of the First World War project.

The four-year project aims to bring together personal and family information, artefact records, historic and archaeological research, and tell the stories behind the sites, through exhibitions like the one at Sunken Secrets and via the project website - - educational materials and public events.

The Maritime Archaeology Trust are keen to hear from anybody with links to any of the south coast’s First World War wrecks.

Amanda Bowens of the Maritime Archaeology Trust said: “The project is starting to turn up all manner of personal links and stories connected with these sites, both through research and from relatives of survivors and casualties. People often seem surprised that anybody beyond the family should be interested in what they know.”

There are approximately 700 wrecks off the south coast of England dating to the First World War. They were lost due to torpedo attacks, scuttling, hitting mines, collisions, bad weather, poor communication and misfortune. The ships were of all shapes and sizes and carrying out a myriad of different tasks and activities when they were lost.

The Forgotten Wrecks exhibition will be on display in the Living Coasts Entrance Foyer from 14th September.


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