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  • Friday, 9 April 2021 - 12:40pm

    Statement from Professor Dominic Tweddle, Director General of the National Museum of the Royal Navy. 

    We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

    Professor Dominic Tweddle, Director General for the National Museum of the Royal Navy, said:

    “HRH The Duke of Edinburgh was a staunch supporter of the museums which make up The National Museum of the Royal Navy.  In his role as Captain General, Royal Marines, he was patron of the Royal Marines Museum.  He laid the foundation stone and opened the Fleet Air Arm Museum and was a regular visitor...

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  • Friday, 9 April 2021 - 9:00am

    Conservation Placements

    The National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) is very lucky to be able to offer placements to students who are looking to learn more about conservation.

    Often the roles are very different and varied but, we asked latest PhD student Isabel to share her experience to offer you some insight into the things she worked on.

    About Isabel

    Hello, my name is Isabel and I’m a PhD student in Archaeology at the University of Bristol. But for six weeks in January and February 2021, I was doing a placement at the National Museum of the Royal Navy...

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  • Friday, 9 April 2021 - 8:00am

    On the 10 April 1940 the German Cruiser was sunk, here's a brief description of what happened that day.

    The German Navy used the deep water Fjords of Norway to great advantage during the Second World War. Withdrawing back into the relative safety of the Fjords allowed the ships to be refuelled, repaired and re-armed before sailing back out into the North Sea where they could maintain control of these waters.

    Lt William ‘Bill’ Lucy, Commander of 803 Naval Air...

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  • Wednesday, 7 April 2021 - 6:20pm

    Part Two of the Torbay Move

    In part one Ed explained the first stage of moving collections from the Torbay store at Royal Navy Submarine Museum to the new facility at Storehouse 12 at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

    When we left him the quarantine store was full and the team managed to take a short well deserved break before the next stage.

    Before reading Part Two, you might want to read Part One to find out what's happened so far.

    Making Space

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  • Tuesday, 6 April 2021 - 11:30am

    Franklin's Arctic Expedition 1845-1848

    Many of you will be familiar with the true-life unexplained fate of the Royal Navy’s exploration vessels HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, Captained by Sir John Franklin to the Arctic in 1845-1848.

    These Royal Navy ships became stuck in the Arctic ice while seeking the fabled North-West Passage.

    The story was fictionalised in a series by Ridley Scott that has been broadcast on Amazon Prime in 2018 and BBC Two in 2021. The television show The Terror’s first series is based on Dan Simmons' 2007 horror novel which has been inspired by...

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  • Wednesday, 31 March 2021 - 6:00pm

    Behind the Scenes at the NMRN

    Often we have some very large projects behind the scenes here at The National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) which are a bit harder to share with you.

    As the new storage facility was finished at Storehouse 12 in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard in 2020, it now means the museum is able to move many of its artefacts into a much more suitable home.

    If you followed us in 2019 and 2020 on social media you might be aware that the first big move of artefacts was the Royal Marines Museum (RMM) collections.

    Once those items were moved our...

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