Support Us

Ways you can you help


By donating                                     or  by giving your time and experience.


The Classic Boat Museum is run by volunteers, and we need more! You do not need to know about boats to help us, why not come for a coffee and chat to see how you could make a difference doing something new and exciting.

For all volunteers the Museum offers a fun, exciting and growing opportunity for those interested in helping to preserve and continue the Isle of Wight and Solent maritime story.  With exciting new developments, there is much work to be done.  We have two sites and both need more volunteers to welcome visitors on the front desk. If you would like to be a museum guide, we’ll train you and support you with material. If you enjoy restoring boats, there is plenty to do. We also need more young people to help us with social media, writing blogs and a variety of techie jobs in the gallery. If you are a keen dinghy sailor, come and coach our visitors on the Dinghy Simulator.


Please contact Jan Ford on  for more information and to find out more.

​The Classic Boat Museum relies on the support and sponsorship of local people, organisations and businesses. Visitors and Friends from across the UK and further afield are also very important to the continued development of the museum. The donation or loan of artefacts, paintings and other heritage material is  important in developing the collection and building the marine heritage story so significant in the history of Cowes. Here we recognise many of the supporters and sponsors who have recently helped the museum. Our thanks also to those who those who have supported us anonymously.​