The SeaMore Project



SeaMore, transforming naval heritage.

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) awarded the National Museum £13.85million towards its SeaMore campaign. This is a bold project to transform access to naval heritage. The development is split into two parts. A new museum will open in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard where we can tell the proud story of the Royal Navy and  Royal Marines to nearly a million visitors a year.  And we can do so surrounded by the world famous naval icons of HMS Victory and HMS Warrior 1860 so that people can see how the Royal Marines have been an integral part of the Royal Navy throughout.


The new Royal Marines Museum will explain today’s Corps as well as that of its past, its contribution to the country and how 352 years of history has led to what it is today. Personal stories of duty, loyalty and sacrifice will bring visitors to the heart of our unique operations and ethos, and act as a living memorial to all who have served in both recent and historic times.


The second part of the project is an exciting new Centre for Discovery which will create the country’s newest national museum collection, again in the Historic Dockyard. Over two million artefacts, currently kept in 30 separate stores within 14 buildings across nine sites of the National Museum including the Fleet Air Arm Museum, the Royal Navy Submarines Museum and the National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool, will be relocated and made accessible to visitors. Many of these items, which include everything from unique documents, photographs, medals, paintings and archaeology are currently at risk in buildings and stores not fit for purpose. The Centre for Discovery will not only provide a safe haven for these collections but will be available daily to view and access in a way not previously possible.


If you would like to donate to the project and be part of building a new national museum, please go to our donate page

To find out more or discuss the ways to support the SeaMore Campaign, please contact Head of Fundraising, Paul Elgood at

Royal Marines Museum