36 hours: Jutland 1916, The Battle that Won the War

 “36 Hours: Jutland 1916, The Battle That Won The War” 

One hundred years after the Battle of Jutland where the fleets of the Imperial German and Royal Navies clashed in the North Sea, the new exhibition will have the largest collection of Jutland artefacts in one place, ever. On May 31st and June 1st 1916, 150 British and 100 German warships fought for supremacy. When the battle was over, 25 warships were on the seabed and more than 8,500 sailors were dead – more than two thirds of them were British. It is arguably the greatest naval battle of all time and the exhibition will be a timely reminder to emphasise that the Great War was won as much at sea, as it was on land.  

“The English were beaten. The spell of Trafalgar has been broken. You have started a new chapter in world history.” – Kaiser Wilhem II, at Wilhelmshaven, 5 June 1916.

This Battle of Jutland exhibition is being developed in partnership with the Imperial War Museum and NMRN will be incorporating a significant amount of material from their collections as well as borrowing material from other sources. The exhibition is in fact a once-in-a-generation opportunity to bring the national collection together. We intend to put our visitors at the heart of the action, incorporating audio visual experiences alongside displays of our historic collections.  We want our visitors to understand the awe inspiring scale of the battle, the drama and confusion of warfare at sea as well as encouraging reflection on the impact of the battle and the sacrifices that sailors from both sides made. The exhibition will be the most significant on the subject in 2016 and a key component within a wider programme of commemoration activities in this country and Germany.

HMS Lion hit on Q Turret at the Battle of Jutland 1916

“I saw a large plate, which I judged to be the top of a turret, blown into the air…my attention was drawn from this by a sheet of flame by her second funnel, which shot up about 600 feet” - Commander Alan Mackenzie-Grieve, HMS Birmingham, observing the hit on HMS Lion









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