NMRN Blog

  • Thursday, 2 November 2017 - 9:24am

    The following blog was written by Amy Savage, a volunteer at the Royal Marines Museum, who has been undertaking an audit of the Trophies and Relics store. She says, “it is a big task but one that I find very rewarding. It was during this project that started my fascination with next of kin memorial plaques, or death pennies as they are more colloquially known.”

    Next of kin memorial plaques
    Next of kin memorial plaques were produced to honour those servicemen or women who died during the First World War. They were also produced for those whose deaths between...

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  • Thursday, 26 October 2017 - 5:21pm

    To celebrate Trafalgar Day on 21 October 2017, The National Museum of the Royal Navy has revealed the first authentically recreated replica in diamonds of Vice Admiral Lord Nelson’s fabled lost jewelled chelengk.

    Gifted to Vice Admiral Lord Nelson by Sultan Selim III of Turkey after the Battle of the Nile in 1798, the chelengk became a symbol of Nelson’s prowess, proudly worn on his hat like a turban jewel. The chelengk caused a sensation in England with images of it published in the fashion press and in many portraits of Nelson starting a craze for similar jewels. 

    However,...

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  • Wednesday, 27 September 2017 - 2:19pm

    Alison Firth, Curator (Images) at the National Museum of the Royal Navy talks about The Royal Marines Museum's art collection of stunning watercolours and drawings by a talented amateur artist, Lt Col William Godfrey Rayson Masters. He painted and drew many art pieces over the course of 30 years as a Royal Marines Officer.

    Lt Col William Godfrey Rayson Masters joined the Royal Marines as a Second...

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  • Friday, 22 September 2017 - 9:57am

    LCT 7074 to be focal point of The National Museum of the Royal Navy’s affiliate  Portsmouth’s D-Day Museum thanks to £4.7m from The National Lottery 

    For the first time ever an original Landing Craft Tank (LCT) will be on display at the D-Day Museum in Portsmouth.  This has been made possible thanks to an investment of nearly £5m from The National Lottery and has been planned to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the landings in two years’ time.

    The D-Day Museum is an affiliate of The National Museum of the Royal Navy which is managing the project.  Due to reopen in 2018...

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  • Friday, 22 September 2017 - 9:50am

    The Supermarine Walrus would be highly unlikely to win a best looking or most elegant aircraft contest but for downed airmen and survivors of a sinking ship, it was a thing of true beauty. 

    This aircraft meant the chance to get home rather than a stay in a prisoner-of-war camp or a watery grave.  Many airmen and sailors were eternally grateful to see the solid little Walrus lumbering over the horizon to rescue them....

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  • 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...

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HMS Hermes returning from the Falklands