The Museum of Island History will be open free of charge tomorrow (Tuesday 13th December) between 10:00-15:00 to allow visitors to view a new exhibition based on J.S. White & Co of Cowes.

This temporary exhibition, which details the influential history of Cowes shipbuilders J. Samuel White & Co. Ltd, will run until April 2017 in The Museum of Island History which is based on Newport High Street in the historic Guildhall. It will be open Monday-Friday 10:00-15:00.

J.S. White & Co was based in Cowes from 1803 until closure in 1981. They built a huge variety of craft including naval ships, yachts, steam barges and paddle steamers. At the outbreak of the Second World War, White’s employed over 3,500 people.

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Staff from the Heritage Service will be at the museum from 10:00-12:30 tomorrow showing items from the archives and collections. See a scrap book dating from 1942 which shows adverts of items built by Whites, plans of the ORP Błyskawica and photographs of ‘Wishbone’, the Uffa Fox designed yacht.

Members of The Heritage Service staff are looking forward to hearing about your memories about the company- White’s of Cowes. Were you or a member of your family employed there?

For more information please contact the Museum Service on 01983 823433 or email [email protected]

Meanwhile at Cowes Maritime Museum, Cowes Library, Beckford Road, Cowes, there is a temporary display which depicts digital copies of advertisements of the many and various items produced by J. S. White of Cowes. This exhibition displays some of these adverts, from naval ships to lifeboats and air-conditioning units to ice-cream machines and will run until March 2017.

Cowes Maritime Museum is located in the rear of Cowes library. It is open FREE of charge and introduces the maritime heritage of Cowes.

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