Secret and Silent: Conference and Exhibition

Event Date: 
Friday, 15 June 2018 - 10:00am to Saturday, 16 June 2018 - 4:00pm

Secret and Silent: Conference and Exhibition 

Location: Royal Navy Submarine Museum

A permanent exhibition and conference marking the 50th Anniversary of the Royal Navy’s continuous at sea deterrent, Polaris, first patrol.

15 June 2018 marks the 50th Anniversary of HMS Resolution, the Royal Navy’s first Polaris SSBN (Submersible Ship Ballistic Nuclear), commencing her first operational patrol. The National Museum’s response is an exhibition focussing on personal accounts and key objects and a conference at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum and Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower, which will explore the history of the British nuclear deterrent.

The exhibition will be a timely opportunity to reveal the challenging nature of working in submarines, highlighting the experiences of those who serve and raising awareness about why there is a nuclear deterrent and the role of the modern Royal Navy Submarine Service. It will also celebrate the mostly unknown achievements of nuclear submarines and encourage a wider debate. The exhibition is included in the Annual All Attraction ticket. For further details visit

Alongside the exhibition lies HMS Alliance, a Cold War submarine commissioned in 1947.  Tours of the boat are often led by former submariners who share their real personal experiences of serving under the waves.

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HMS Hermes returning from the Falklands