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HMS Victory: The Big Repair Information Hub

Join us as we voyage through this once-in-a-lifetime conservation project 

Want an in-depth look at the incredible restoration work happening right now on HMS Victory? Discover key conservation updates, see the restoration milestones, and learn more about the science and stories that make up HMS Victory Live: The Big Repair.

Join us for a front-row look at conservation in action. We are allowing unprecedented access to the three storeys of scaffold surrounding HMS Victory, where experts are working on one of the largest restoration projects in the UK. 

What's more, not only can you see the work as it happens at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard but you can follow along at home as well! Our HMS Victory: The Big Repair Information Hub is home to everything you could want to know about the essential restoration of the Nation's flagship.    

As the project evolves, find out more about the latest analysis results and see our plans for the future. You can also get a sense of how far HMS Victory's restoration work has come from the past with our Conservation Log - covering everything from when she was built to now. 

Conservation Stories

HMS Victory: The Big Repair Milestones

Early 2022

The work to Victory will focus on replacement of the decayed planking of the hull and the damaged frames of the ship. Looking at HMS Victory in early 2022, you might think that she was in good condition. However, in reality a thin skin of paint and filler masked planking that was almost entirely rotten on the ship’s starboard side. 

As soon as the outer, sound, layer was removed, the team of shipwrights were confronted with material that no longer resembled timber and was much closer to potting compost. Carefully removing that layer of decayed material revealed that rot had spread to the frames to a much greater extent than had been assumed, meaning more repair and replacement activity would be necessary.

May 2022

Conservation work began to the hull of HMS Victory. An enormous scaffolding structure has been erected over the central section of the ship. This structure fulfils three critical roles: it protects Victory from the British weather; it provides physical access to the hull for works, and it allows the public to view the works as they progress. 

The protective roof over the ship has allowed Victory to start to dry out – and the ship is now drier than she has been at any other stage in her history

Family sitting in front of HMS Victory at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

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