Events & Workshops

Looking for an interesting and unusual talk for your group or club? The National Museum of the Royal Navy can deliver outreach talks on a range of subjects from the science of submarines to the life and loves of Gosport’s own ‘Canary Girls’ and all linked to the fascinating history of The Royal Navy.
Our list of talks includes the following:

The changing face of HMS Victory

Uncover the story of the making, restoring and use of HMS Victory as a significant object of our heritage. Discover the perils she faced from battle to beetles! Find out why and how HMS Victory has changed over the years. By looking at some authentic artefacts as well as surprising images and items you will get the chance to look under the paintwork and find out how the current restoration project is securing the fabric of this iconic ship for many future generations to come.

HMS -Uncover the Royal Navy

Discover more about how the Royal Navy has changed over the past 100 years.  Listen to people’s stories and real experiences of life at sea through archive clips, sounds, smells and special objects from our collections. Find out why the Royal Navy has shaped the nation’s history in war and peace. The talk includes lots of audience participation and the chance to share stories with the museum.

Priddy’s People – Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower

Discover the stories of Gosport’s very own ‘Canary Girls’ who called Priddy’s Hard their place of work. Get up close to some real objects from the people who worked with the ammunition from the age of the sailing Navy through to the Cold War! Learn more about the women’s experiences of war time working and the friendships they made.

HMS Alliance – Her Story

Hear about the remarkable story of HMS Alliance, Britain’s only surviving WW2 era ocean-going submarine.  Find out how this historic submarine adapted to the demands of the Cold War, supported special operations around the world, tested new equipment and has become a fully restored museum attraction. Listen to oral history clips of submariners and look at evocative objects such as a woolly pullies and long johns. We’ll even bring along the smell of diesel engines for a real experience of what it was like to live beneath the waves! 


To book one of our talks we do ask that you give a minimum donation to the museum of £25.
We will happily travel to your group within a 15 miles radius of the museum.
Our speakers can be booked for both weekday and evening talks.


We like to meet our local community and share our enthusiasm for all things naval so please contact Engagement and Learning office at:
Telephone: 023 92 727 584 or email community@nmrn.org.uk to find out more.

HMS Hermes returning from the Falklands