• Wednesday, 5 August 2020 - 10:48am

    We’ve swabbed the decks and are ready to welcome you back on board!

    Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and the Gosport sites will be reopening on Monday 24 August 2020. Tickets will be available to pre-book from Thursday 6 August at 12 noon. However, that’s not the only news we have to share!

    When the Dockyard reopens, it will be in collaboration with the Mary Rose Museum, and with an exciting new ticket offer which will enable visitors to explore all of the dockyard’s extraordinary ships galleries and maritime experiences with one, simplified...

  • Tuesday, 4 August 2020 - 11:50am

    It’s been all hands on deck but today we are delighted to announce our reopening dates for The Fleet Air Arm Museum and the National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool.

    They are:

    The safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff is our number one priority and therefore we will be...

  • Thursday, 30 July 2020 - 9:48am


    Last week we discussed the exterior of RML 497. In this blog, we will have a closer look at the interior of the boat and the evidence it retains from its wartime history, with a focus on some conservation problem areas.
    The main spaces below decks (inside) RML 497 are:

  • Thursday, 23 July 2020 - 9:24am

    • The National Museum of the Royal Navy has been advised that it will receive emergency additional government funding to secure its future. The closure of the Museum has left a shortfall of £6.35million in its income leaving it on the verge of insolvency
    • The additional funding means the Museum can now plan to reopen its sites in Portsmouth, Gosport, Hartlepool and Yeovilton, with exact dates to be confirmed in the coming weeks. However, HMS Caroline in Belfast will not reopen this year.
    • NMRN’s funding does not mirror that of its National Museum peers and therefore has...

  • Thursday, 16 July 2020 - 9:44am

    RML 497 Conservation

    In this follow up blog post about RML 497, Curator Clare Hunts tells us more about the fascinating restoration that has been ongoing to restore this unique Second World War survivor.

    RML 497 is one of several hundred Fairmile B motor launches built for the Second World War. The first job to do when RML arrived in Hartlepool was to clean her hull before the various marine growths such as barnacles dried up...

  • Wednesday, 8 July 2020 - 4:22pm

    Diving deep - HMS Invincible

    HMS Invincible is one of the Royal Navy’s most famous ships. The original Invincible was an innovative Georgian war ship which originally belonged to the French Navy. This famous ship revolutionised warfare at the time with many ships in the Royal Navy being modelled after her and a total of seven carrying on her name.

    L’Invincible as she was known in the French Navy was built in Rochefort in 1744. She had two long...


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