At the top of the stairs is the elements gallery and here you can find out through interactive displays about the weather, tides, currents and other natural forces with which sailors have had to contend over the centuries.
The tide in Jersey can rise up to twelve metres, and such local peculiarities are highlighted throughout the museum. A giant computer generated on-screen tidal sequence shows the ebb and flow of the tide around the Bay of Mont St Michel.
Throughout the museum the visitor is introduced to the language of the sea through verse, sayings and word art. In the elements gallery the myths and stories associated with the sea are told using a mix of automata and sculpture - you can even listen to a giant dog whelk or a John Dorey spinning a yarn while in the background the Phantom Shantyman plays his hurdy-gurdy.
New for 2014 is the spear fisherman created in steel by Brian Fell, one of the UK’s leading artist metalworkers in the style of Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1527-1597). Made up of over 20 different varieties of edible sea creatures, the diver treads water at the top of the stairs in the Elements Gallery searching for his next target. Meanwhile around the corner, we have replaced the small aquarium with a knitted reef created by a team of craftspeople co-ordinated by the Jersey Arts Centre.