Community Projects & Roadshows

Community Group on a visit to the Museums

Community Projects

We like to develop our links with the community on our doorstep both in Portsmouth and the wider area. Throughout the year we carry out a number of projects working with a wide range of audiences. These have included:

HMS Hear My Story Poetry Slam: we held our first ever poetry slam working with local poets and students from the University of Portsmouth using the HMS Galleries as inspiration for their work.

A Sea of Poppies – a joint project with the Royal Navy Submarine Museum to commemorate Royal Navy ship and submarine losses during the first world war. We invited local people to knit or crochet poppies which formed an art installation inside the entrance to the HMS Galleries. Some 5000 poppies were created by over 1000 people including those sent in from America, France, Spain, the Netherlands and Canada.

Peoples Stories Coffee Mornings – discover some of the personal stories that are now on display in the HMS Galleries whilst enjoying your morning coffee, these are held on a monthly basis

Naval Tea Club – held on a quarterly basis explore and share memories of the Royal Navy through a wide range of topics.

Behind the scenes tours – get up close to our many objects, documents and records not normally accessible to the public including twilight tours such as Black Tot Day


Working with the Royal Navy

Our links with the Royal Navy often means that they get involved too, giving people the unique opportunity to find out more about naval life. The crew and families from HMS Dragon helped us to create a special film about their departure and a welcome home banner for our new HMS-Hear My Story galleries. Here are a few photos that they sent back to us whilst deployed.

HMS Dragon image montage

Modern Navy image


Flight deck sports activities on modern warships


Sometimes, our projects even become international like the Seaside Yarnscape project with Art Stop .

This project celebrates the history of knitting and embroidery in the Navy and so far it has involved local community members, naval staff and knitters from as far afield as New York, Phuket and Abu Dhabi. The aim was to create a knitted and felted picture of Portsmouth for our family area.

Sealife Roadshows

Twice a year we go out into the community to bring our Museum, HMS Victory and the rest of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard to you! The Sealife Roadshows take place in a community setting and provide a FREE, fun-filled day where children and adults have the opportunity to learn, create and play.

To find out more, contact our Community Engagement Officer on 02392 727595 or

HMS Hermes returning from the Falklands