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Berthon apprentices introduced to the Earl of Wessex at the St Barbe open day

September 29, 2017

Yesterday afternoon Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex re-opened St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery. The museum in Lymington in the New Forest has recently undergone much-needed refurbishment work after being granted £1.78 million by the Heritage Lottery Trust.

Work began last September and has transformed the museum from a cramped space into a bigger and more enticing heritage attraction. The new-look museum includes larger galleries, an area providing access to its extensive archives, museum displays as well as a shop and café.

The museum has been open to the public again since the end of July, but The Earl of Wessex, well-known for his support of the arts, presided over the official re-opening ceremony unveiling a new plaque, to be mounted outside the museum, after taking a tour of the museum and its gallery spaces during his visit.

Brian May, MD of Berthon, introduced the earl to four Berthon apprentices who have all worked on the build and installation of the interactive Search & Rescue wheelhouse, one of the main features in the museum. Dean Murphy and Billy Hamilton, both second year paint application apprentices, Daniel Hamilton, a second year Shipwright apprentice, and Steven Beresford, who at age 30, decided to opt for a Marine Electrical & Electronics apprenticeship as a “mature student. Steven explained to Prince Edward that he had a degree in Biochemistry and then taught English in Thailand for some years, picking up their native language at the same time.

The Berthon installation is intended to introduce and help young people and their parents explore the vast array of careers available with an apprenticeship, not just in the marine industry but in any possible field of interest. Whilst Berthon have installed an interactive screen showing videos and case studies on marine apprenticeships, the plan is to encourage other local companies, schools and colleges to join the fold promoting what they have to offer; this all adds to the overall museum visitors’ experience.

Find out more about Berthon’s marine apprenticeship programme and how to apply. Berthon applications open in January each year and you can apply through the Berthon Jobs page. Berthon have just taken on 11 apprentices and so will have 30 in training for the coming year.

Don’t forget to visit St Barbe Museum website for more information about the visit of the Earl of Wessex and all upcoming events and exhibitions.

Berthon-made Search & Rescue deckhouse with operational radar, dummy Garmin navigational system, search lights etc. to be added soon are rope ends for making knots and a composite lay-up example. The Lymington Scow in the background was also repainted by Berthon apprentices.

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