Dove Marine Laboratory
|Research type||Marine research and teaching|
|Faculty||Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering|
|Location||Cullercoats, North Shields, Tyne and Wear, NE30 4PZ|
The original Laboratory was established in October 1897. It comprised a small wooden hut sited next to the Saltwater Baths on Cullercoats Bay, and was used by Armstrong College to study the waters of the north east UK coastline.
On the 28 March 1904 the Laboratory and Baths were destroyed by fire, but it was agreed that the work of the Laboratory should continue. In 1906 the local landowner, geologist Wilfred Hudleston, FRS, offered not only to make the site of the old Baths available for newer, larger, facilities, but also offered to finance their construction. He was reluctant to publicise his generosity, and asked that the building be named after one of his ancestors, Eleanor Dove, when it was opened by the Duke of Northumberland on 29 September 1908. In 2008 the laboratory celebrated its centenary, where the current Duke of Northumberland led festivities.
The Laboratory became a department of Armstrong College when the building and land were purchased by the college following Hudleston's death in 1909, and soon grew in reputation, acquiring its first boat in 1911. The Laboratory also operated a public aquarium and once housed the coble in which Grace Darling and her father rescued passengers from the SS Forfashire in 1838.
As a research facility the Laboratory is normally closed to the public, but opens for visitors on certain days as part of the European Heritage Open Day scheme. It also has Meeting Room and Small Conference Facilities named the Buchanan Room and the Blue Room. It is easily accessible by public transport with the Cullercoats Metro station being nearby.
Research Vessels of the Dove Marine Laboratory
- The Evadne: 1911 –
- Pandalus: 1950s
- The Alexander Meek: 1950s – 1973
- RV Bernicia: 1973 – 2011
- RV The Princess Royal: 2011 – present
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