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HMS - Hear My Story

Meet the Team

It took a lot of people, with a lot of different skills, to deliver this project and create a new gallery like ‘HMS’. Within the Museum everyone from curators, to historians, learning staff and fundraisers were involved. We were lucky to have a fantastic team of volunteers working alongside us who helped by researching collections and assisting at a wide range of events in and outside the Museum.

We were also joined by the professional Design Team who planned every part of the project using their skills as: project managers (Appleyards), architects (Purcell), exhibition designers (Redman Design), mechanical and electrical engineers (Chapman Bathurst), quantity surveyors (Wenham O’Brien), and Structural Engineers (Hamill).

The Design Team monitored the work of the different contractors appointed to deliver the project. The first to join us were Warings Construction Limited who carried out all the shell and core building work required to renovate Storehouse 10.

You can meet more of the team here.

Project Architect for PURCELL describes the challenges in converting an 18th century naval storehouse into a 21st century exhibition gallery


Senior Research Fellow, discusses the relevance of the Royal Navy's modern history in today's world


Community Engagement Officer, talks about her work bringing the Royal Navy’s history to new museum audiences

Baker. Soldier. ‘Sailor’

The story of Alfred Smith as a baker, a soldier and a ‘sailor’ is told in the different items kindly donated by his family. When the First World War broke out Alfred Frank Smith was a baker in Sussex; to 'do his bit' he joined the local Volunteer Training Regiment - a sort of Home Guard - but then in 1916 he opted to join the Royal Navy and go to sea.

However, instead of joining a ship he became an infantry soldier in the Royal Naval Division and, despite being a married man of 26, he was classified as a Boy Sailor! He was assigned to the 'Hood ' Battalion as a Lewis Gunner and sent to fight in the trenches in France. On the 28th September 1918 he was hit in the chest by a German bullet which lodged itself close to his heart. Luckily the bullet was at the end of its flight and it didn't cause serious damage. It was enough though to take Alfred out of the fight and into a convalescent camp at Blandford in Dorset where, wearing his blue hospital uniform, the local people would take him into their homes for meals. Demobilised in 1919 Alfred bought a Newsagent & Tobacconist shop in Lewis. He had 10 children and died in 1974 with the German bullet still lodged close to his heart.