• Tuesday, 27 February 2018 - 10:19am

    The National Museum of the Royal Navy, the team behind the historic HMS Caroline which has been restored into an intriguing and exciting visitor and learning attraction, is launching a fun-filled festival to mark the opening of its new visitor centre.

    The Dockside Festival, running from March 24 to April 20, will give visitors a first look at the newly restored Pump House, adjacent to HMS Caroline in the Titanic Quarter....

  • Tuesday, 20 February 2018 - 9:16am

    Details of how The National Museum of the Royal Navy is to invest almost £33million in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and the wider city over the next two years were unveiled today.

    Developing major new exhibitions and interpretation alongside finalising major museum projects are at the heart of the investment.  It follows the news of a record breaking year for visitor numbers and economic impact figures that state that Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, which is managed by the National Museum, brings £110million p.a. for Portsmouth.

    The plans were unveiled...

  • Wednesday, 14 February 2018 - 10:55am

    Seven years of chronicling the construction of the Royal Navy’s newest destroyers and monolithic aircraft carriers are the inspiration for Shipyard, a remarkable exhibition by renowned Scottish artist Lachlan Goudie which opens at The National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard on 17 March.

    This is the first showing of Goudie’s Shipyard in England, following its successful launch in Scotland. The opening follows the much-heralded arrival of HMS Queen Elizabeth into her home port, Portsmouth, during 2017. For the last seven years renowned...

  • Tuesday, 13 February 2018 - 10:15am

    Theirs was a love affair that scandalised society and continues to grip the imagination and this Valentine’s Day, 14 February, visitors to The National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard have a rare chance to get up close and personal to the betrothal ring Vice Admiral Lord Nelson gave to his mistress Emma Hamilton on the eve of his final departure from British soil.

    The fede gold “betrothal” ring is one of two exchanged by the couple on 13 September 1805, shortly before Nelson returned to active duty. That month he left Portsmouth for the...

  • Monday, 12 February 2018 - 11:15am

    A new coffee that shares its name with Nelson’s famous flagship has been launched to raise money for two maritime charities.

    The new HMS Victory BySea coffee is the idea of Hampshire-based Sailors’ Society, in partnership with The National Museum of the Royal Navy.

    Sailors’ Society’s CEO Stuart Rivers said: “As a charity, we’ve been fortunate to receive longstanding support from the Royal Navy and HMS Victory.”

    In the early 1900s, the Lords of the Admiralty donated wood and copper from the Victory to Sailors’ Society. The charity raised funds by making...

  • Monday, 12 February 2018 - 9:27am

    Yesterday’s The One Show featured the National Museum of the Royal Navy at Portsmouth Dockyard with Dan Snow demonstrating the use of shutter signalling during the age of Nelson.

    Shutter telegraph machines were vertical wooden frames with 6 shutters within them, designed by the Reverend Lord George Murray. To make a signal, the shutters were opened and closed in order to spell out different letters. This was a new means of fast communication in the 1790s and meant that the Royal Navy could now send any message between important ports and the capital.



HMS Hermes returning from the Falklands