Exhibition: - J. Samuel White & Co. Ltd.

Monday 28 November 2016 - 31 March 2017

The Museum of Island History
The Guildhall, High Street, Newport. PO30 1TY

A new exhibition has opened at the Museum of Island History, Newport.

Come and discover the story of one of the most important shipyards in the country and find out which ship was launched with a coconut.

This exhibition explores the history of the shipbuilder J. Samuel White & Co. Ltd. of Cowes, whose work force numbered around 3,500 by the outbreak of World War II.

In 1803 Thomas White began to take over shipyards on both sides of the River Medina at West and East Cowes. Over the following years, Thomas and his sons ran various shipyards, eventually combining under the name 'J Samuel White' in 1860.

During their history, White's built: naval ships, floating bridges, lifeboats, paddle steamers and aircraft. They even produced ice cream machines and in the 1950s created an early form of jet-ski the "ski-ter".

White's built their last ship in the mid-1960s and in 1981 the yard finally closed.

On Tuesday 13 December 2016 there will be a free entry day to the museum. Come and see the exhibition and meet members of staff, we would be pleased to hear your memories of J. S White's.

Opening Times:
Monday - Friday 10.00am - 3.00pm
Closed on Saturday and Sunday.

Further information - 01983 823433
Email: museums@iow.gov.uk
Web: www.iwight.com/museums or for opening information please contact the Visitor Information Centre 01983 521555.

Museum admission
Adult      2.00
Children 1.20
Family    5.00

Exhibition produced by the Isle of Wight Council Heritage Service.



Display: - The advertisements of J. Samuel White's.

November 2016 - March 2017

Cowes Maritime Museum
Cowes Library, Beckford Road, Cowes. PO31 7SG

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

Come and view the temporary display which depicts digital copies of advertisements of the many and various items produced by J. S White of Cowes the famous Island ship builder.

The Isle of Wight Council Heritage Service holds a collection of J. Samuel White's guard books (bound scrapbooks) containing magazine cuttings of the company's advertisements from 1942 to 1971.

This exhibition displays some of these adverts, from naval ships to lifeboats and air-conditioning units to ice-cream machines.

Opening Times:
Monday, Tuesday, Friday 10.00am - 5.00pm (closed 12.30 - 1.30pm)
Saturday 10.00am - 4.30pm
Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday CLOSED

Further information - 01983 823433
Email museums@iow.gov.uk
Web: www.iwight.com/museums or for opening information please contact Cowes Library 01983 293341.

Museum entry - FREE

Display produced by the Isle of Wight Council Heritage Service.