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  • Thursday, 12 July 2018 - 11:36am

    Image credit: Portsmouth News

    It has lain unseen for the last six years but now HMS Victory’s Trafalgar Sail, the only surviving foretopsail from the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, is set to be unveiled on 21 July for a limited time this summer.

    Measuring the equivalent of two tennis courts when fully laid out, the sail is 80 feet at its foot, 54 feet at the head and 54 feet deep, covers an area of 3,618 feet and lies in The National Museum of the Royal Navy’s Storehouse 10 in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

  • Tuesday, 10 July 2018 - 11:14am

    This July HMS Caroline is having a Photography Competition!

    To celebrate our relaunch as a newly enhanced visitor attraction in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter, we’re inviting visitors to send us their photographs of the ‘Carry’ in order to be in with a chance of winning a £1000 prize.

    The competition is open to photographers of all ages and abilities.

    Enter by either 1) posting your image on Instagram using the hashtag #HMSCarolinepics or 2) by submitting your image to

  • Monday, 2 July 2018 - 2:28pm

    HMS Caroline, the 100-year-old naval vessel and sole survivor of the WW1 Battle of Jutland, docked in Belfast’s Alexandra Dock has been announced as a finalist in the National Lottery Awards 2018.

    The ship, which opened in 2016, followed by the completion of a visitor and exhibition centre in the restored Pump House and refurbishment of Alexandra Dock earlier this year, was the recipient of the largest ever Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £11.5m in 2014. It is the only project from Northern Ireland as a finalist in the Heritage category of the Awards.

  • Wednesday, 27 June 2018 - 12:48pm
    • In the past sailor’s tattoos mapped journeys on the sea and through life.
    • They symbolised to others where you have travelled, your job and who you love- a walking biography on your body

    On the eve of a major new temporary exhibition Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed which opens on 30 June 2018 at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, The National Museum of the Royal Navy want to see if the traditional symbols of anchors, swallows and more are still being used. 

  • Thursday, 14 June 2018 - 12:04pm

    The Port of Milford Haven and The National Museum of the Royal Navy have joined forces to promote and celebrate the Milford Haven Waterway’s rich naval and maritime heritage.

  • Monday, 11 June 2018 - 11:45am

    They have a shared history at the heart of the country’s proud shipbuilding and navy story and now Buckler’s Hard Maritime Museum has been formally welcomed to The National Museum of the Royal Navy’s affiliate partnership scheme.

    The official partnership was marked at a ceremony on Sunday 27 May onboard D-Day veteran HMS Medusa. Medusa, a harbour defence motor launch, saw service on D-Day in 1944 and is another affiliate member of the National Museum. She was visiting Buckler’s Hard for the Whitsun Bank Holiday.


HMS Hermes returning from the Falklands