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Dover Museum Online Image Collection

More Collections Coming Soon

At present, only the Channel Swimming Collection is available.

The Museum has a large archive of images of the history of Dover and the surrounding areas and is currently digitalising the images for online access.  Please note that the online ordering service is not available at this time. If you wish to order any image files please contact the Museum stating the image reference number(s).


Abilio Couto, of Brazil. His philosophy, "Swimming the channel is like playing cards: the swimmers must hold the four aces for a successfull swim; physical fitness, mental fitness, good pilot, and good weather. But for a record he must hold the joker too; good luck." 
Photograph: Abilio Couto, Dover Straight, 1958.

 Click on image to enter the beta version of our online service.


Dover Museum would like to thank all channel swimmers and volunteers involved with the channel swimming digital  archive and, in particular, Norman Trusty and Joe Smith. The Museum is grateful to Mr and Mrs Johnson for the generous donation of the Sam Rockett collection.

Do you have any photographs or artefacts you would like to donate to our cross channel swimming collection? Please email: museumenquires@dover.gov.uk





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Dover Museum
Market Square
Kent CT16 1PH

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