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Gwynedd Museum and Art Gallery appeals for HMS Clio memorabilia

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BBC Wales History BBC Wales History | 12:10 UK time, Monday, 17 January 2011

Gwynedd Museum and Art Gallery in Bangor are appealing for families with naval connections to help provide memorabilia for an exhibition currently being curated on HMS Clio.

Bangor Training Ship "Clio"

The HMS Clio is a former naval gunship that was moored off Bangor pier in Gwynedd for over 40 years from 1877. The wooden vessel was then used as a training ship for boys who were orphans or had been in trouble.

The boys would learn how to make their own clothes and shoes, as well as finding out about going to sea. The ship was scrapped in the 1920s.

Assistant curator at the Gwynedd Museum and Art Gallery, Alun Thomas said: "We would be very pleased to hear from members of the public if they have items which could be used for the exhibition.

"The jewel in the crown would be to get one of the uniforms the boys would have worn. They were dark blue, like naval uniforms."

If you have any items relating to HMS Clio, you can contact Alun Thomas at the museum, on 01248 353368 or email Alun at alunthomas@gwynedd.gov.uk.

The exhibition about life on the HMS Clio will run from 12 March until 17 September.

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