In May 2016 it was announced that the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) had awarded The National Museum of the Royal Navy a £13.85 million grant to create the country’s newest national collection at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard for the SeaMore project. This will transform access to naval heritage as key artefacts from five museums across the National Museum will be relocated to one Centre for Discovery.
Key to the successful outcome of the project is the much-needed move of The Royal Marines Museum from its current base at Eastney. This was supported by a £2 million award from the Chancellor's LIBOR fund for military charities in 2015.
The announcement has prompted the question “What will happen to the Yomper on The Esplanade at Eastney?”
The Yomper, sculpted by Philip Jackson, has become a very popular feature of Southsea seafront. It dominates the entrance to the Royal Marines Museum and was originally commissioned as a marker for the museum. It was unveiled by Lady Margaret Thatcher on 8 July 1992 on the 10th anniversary of the Falklands conflict.
No decision has been made about the location of the Yomper.
We want to hear your thoughts about where it should be and why you want it there.
We will run this online consultation until early 2017, so please share it with friends and family. We are keen to hear from everyone.
Individual replies are not possible but please be assured we will read and consider every submission.
We look forward to hearing from you.
This is your chance to have your say. Just click on the Yomper to continue