• Friday, 15 September 2017 - 1:45pm

    The 30th anniversary of Victorian battleship HMS Warrior 1860’s return to Portsmouth was the focus for a visit, today, 14 September, by royal patron HRH Princess Alexandra to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
    After being updated on progress on the restoration project she formally launched two years ago, Her Royal Highness met with staff, volunteers and trustees and marked the 30th anniversary with tea and cake.
    She last visited in 2015 to formally launch a Heritage Lottery Funded (HLF) project to conserve and repair the bulwarks and water bar on the deck. The 18-month, £2.6 million...

  • Friday, 15 September 2017 - 12:48pm

    I am a little bit obsessed with gender history, especially men and women in the past who crossed gender expectations and boundaries to do things that would shock their contemporaries. One of my favourite objects is Rear-Admiral Edward Ellicott’s biography. Even though it is written as though Ellicott is telling the stories, it was actually penned by his daughter after his death. I was reading through his tales of fascinating 43-year long career (1781-1846) as a Captain, and came across several stories of women on board ships: including manning the pump and loading the guns, giving birth on...

  • Monday, 11 September 2017 - 12:47pm

    Find the perfect view of HMS Queen Elizabeth from three different vantage points when you visit us.

    The new Queen Elizabeth class carrier is 35 times the size of Nelson’s famous flagship HMS Victory and four times her length. Visitors will get the very best view of Britain’s largest aircraft carrier ever built this summer now she has arrived in her home port.

    A new exhibition
    To coincide with the carrier’s arrival into Portsmouth, there is a new Aircraft Carrier exhibition in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard’s Storehouse Number 9.


  • Tuesday, 5 September 2017 - 5:09pm

    Willy Wong, Student Intern from the University of Leicester returns with another article on a new display for an exhibition he’s recently completed. He is a part of a heritage internship programme at the National Museum of the Royal Navy. His work involves working across the National Museum, including the new exhibition, the Making of a Royal Marines Commando which has recently opened in Action Stations at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

    Before the exhibition launched, Willy took an active role in dressing several mannequins, transforming them into Royal Marines Commandos. Each...

  • Monday, 21 August 2017 - 11:51am

    An 18-month programme to re-support the world’s most famous warship HMS Victory sagging under her own weight is now underway.

    HMS Victory has been sitting in a dry dock in Portsmouth since 1922 supported by 22 steel cradles positioned six metres apart.  It has been well documented that the 252-year-old ship is creeping under her own weight and following a detailed laser scan of 89.25 billion measurements and computer modelling, a new support system has been designed to mimic how the ship would sit in water.

  • Thursday, 17 August 2017 - 2:35pm

    Barbara Gilbert, Curator (Archives and Images) at the National Museum of the Royal Navy has found a wonderful example of poster art from World War 1 for this month’s star object. It tells the story of Rex Warneford and his connection to an exhibition of memorabilia.

    A Warneford VC 1915 exhibition poster

    Why is this my favourite museum object? It celebrated an amazing pilot and his status as a national hero. It advertised an exhibition of memorabilia – what museum curator can fail to love that? It supported...


HMS Hermes returning from the Falklands