Collections & Research

Our historic collections, and the research associated with them, are at the heart of the Museum. We wish to share these collections as widely as possible and to support research into them – and into the wider history of the Royal Navy – by Museum staff and visiting researchers.

Researching Collections

The NMRN’s collections comprise those at our headquarters in Portsmouth and at: the Fleet Air Arm Museum, the Royal Marines Museum and the Royal Navy Submarine Museum. You can access these other collections and their research facilities through the links on the Our Museums pages.

Use the navigation buttons on the left to find out more about the material we hold at our headquarters in Portsmouth, how you can access it and the supporting information that is available to assist your research.

Research Activity

The Museum has an active presence within the academic community.   Use these pages to discover the latest research taking place at the NMRN, download recent work presented by visiting researchers and keep up to date with our forthcoming research programme.

The Museum has signed a major initiative to produce up to fourteen different volumes on the history of the Royal Navy, the first of which have recently been published.  The topics covered by these books will reach into almost every area of the Royal Navy’s history.  Written by experts in their fields, these volumes will present the most recent analysis and research in an accessible and heavily illustrated format for a popular – not academic – audience.

Nisbet Alexander medal QV head

Queen Victoria’s head features on the silver Naval General Service Medal.