• Thursday, 29 October 2020 - 10:07pm
    • The National Museum of the Royal Navy has launched a bid to save 10 incredibly unique that plot the defeat of the Spanish Armada
    • The defeat of the Armada is a defining point in the creation of England’s identity and a decisive moment in English history
    • The National Museum needs to raise £600,000 to prevent their loss overseas

    The National Museum of the Royal Navy has stepped forward to lead the campaign to stop the export of the Armada maps to an overseas buyer. The maps tell the story of the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588 and the origins...

  • Tuesday, 27 October 2020 - 5:06pm

    In 1815 a woman boarded the HMS Queen Charlotte, not as an on-board wife, a passenger or a nurse, but as a sailor. 

    Following an alleged dispute with her husband, ‘William Brown’ (her birth name unknown) made history by becoming both a cross-dressing sailor and the first black woman to join the Royal Navy, just eight years after the passing of the Act for the Abolition of the Slave Trade.

    Cross-dressing, historically considered a perversion, had seen the involvement of women since the Middle Ages; a strategic decision for some who wanted to participate in the wider world....

  • Thursday, 22 October 2020 - 3:00pm

    Recently at the museum we have been looking into the history of our local sites.

    With Halloween coming up, the more weird and wonderful stories start to come out of the woodwork across all of our museums.

    One of the first stories we came across was the haunting history of The Haslar Tramway which has the local gruesome nickname of ‘the river of blood’

    The Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport has a section of land that runs from HMS...

  • Wednesday, 30 September 2020 - 5:44pm

    Guest blog post from: Dr Mary Wills, Honorary Research Fellow, Wilberforce Institute (University of Hull)

    As part of our series taking a closer look into black history within the Royal Navy, Dr Mary Wills discusses the role of black Africans in the West Coast of Africa Squadron.

    The West Coast of Africa squadron was a key force in the efforts to enforce the abolition of the Transatlantic slave trade after 1807.

    Sailors of African ancestry have for centuries played a significant part in Britain’s maritime world. This was particularly the case in the...

  • Wednesday, 23 September 2020 - 5:56pm

    No one would have ever expected a ship to last as long as HMS Trincomalee has, let alone a ship’s figurehead. This one stayed on the vessel for over 150 years, and saw every kind of weather and climate whilst the ship sailed the world.

    The figurehead in 1906

    We can see the figurehead in photographs from the early 1900s, by which time the ship had been sold by the Royal Navy to a private owner and had been renamed...

  • Monday, 21 September 2020 - 3:31pm

    National Museum of Royal Navy statement on redundancy consultation

    It is with deep regret that the National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) is announcing that today we have started a consultation on proposed redundancies and restructuring.

    We fully understand that this consultation continues a difficult period for our staff, many of whom have supported the Museum by taking furlough leave, returning to work under flexible furlough and working incredibly hard to re-open our sites in Portsmouth, Gosport, Yeovilton and Hartlepool. We also recognise that other staff have worked...


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