WELCOME TO OUR COLLECTION.

IT IS OPEN TO VISITORS, BUT BEING IN THE MIDDLE OF A HIGH SECURITY NAVAL ESTABLISHMENT, CERTAIN CONDITIONS APPLY.

These are as follows.

Step 1. The initial contact.

SECURITY IN HMS COLLINGWOOD IS VERY HIGH!

Make telephone contact with me or write to me seeking an appointment to view.

a.  My home telephone number is 01329 843929

b. The CHC telephone number is 01329 332535 Mondays only 1000 to 1500

c. The CHC address is:-
Lt Cdr C.J.C. Kidd RN Rtd
Curator Collingwood Historic Collection
HMS Collingwood
Newgate Lane
Fareham
Hampshire
PO14 1AS

d. State the size of your group.  There is no minimum but a group of twenty is the maximum number we can accommodate. We very much regret that we have few facilities  at the CHC, and no facilities for the disabled.

e. Please supply the vehicle registration of all vehicles requiring access.  If a previously nominated vehicle is unserviceable/unavailable  on the day of the visit, please remember to 'phone in an alternative registration. THIS IS IMPORTANT FOR SECURITY REASONS.

f. Any support for the visit [food etc] will be discussed in the initial stages of the contact.

STEP 2. My Response

a. If contacted by telephone, most of your questions will be answered during our conversation

b. If contacted by letter,, I will respond as soon as I can to send you all necessary details.  Please be aware that I am often absent from the CHC.

STEP 3. The Day of the Visit

a. Security is High in HMS Collingwood.

b. On arrival at the main gates you will be directed to a wait area, from where you will be collected and escorted to the CHC.

c. You will be escorted to different parts of the establishment relevant to the nature of your visit.

d. It is always helpful if you have some form of photographic ID, although this is not a prerequisite.

e. Please obey all speed limits in the Establishment which is normally 20 mph. When you see marching sailors on the same road as you are on, stop your vehicle until they have passed your stationary position.

f. Although a rare occurrence for CHC visitors, if you are given any instructions or orders please obey them.  If given, they will help rather than hinder your visit.

STEP 4. The Cost

a.  As stated there is no charge to visit the CHC. However, cash donations [see separate section for other donations] however small are always welcome, and are used to purchase radar and communication equipment's relevant to/necessary to our CHC.

b. Non cash donations are always welcome and, if having viewed our exhibits, you can see a place for a piece of equipment you were about to throw away, then consider our Collection first. Thank you. We will either display it, or if a duplicate, we will refurbish the better of the two and sell on the unwanted piece. This generates a small cash flow for us.

Thank you and we look forward to your contact and subsequently your visit.