Jutland Exhibition Launch

On the 24th May 2016 HRH The Princess Royal visited The National Museum of the Royal Navy to officially open the new blockbuster exhibition 36 Hours: Jutland 1916, The Battle That Won The War. The exhibition is the most comprehensive on the Battle of Jutland to date and marks the centenary of the largest naval battle of the First World War.

Having unveiled the bell of HMS Hood the same morning, Princess Anne followed the Royal Navy guard which carried the  Hood’s bell down to Boathouse No 5 where the blockbuster exhibition was officially opened. Crowds gathered for the cutting of the ribbon to mark the formal opening and Matthew Sheldon, Executive Director of Heritage at The National Museum of the Royal Navy explained the context of  the exhibition.

This exhibition with its deliberately, deliciously provocative title, ‘The Battle that Won the War’ - there is nothing like overstatement to cause controversy - seeks to use the centenary to raise our understanding of the impact of the Battle of Jutland. Our understanding of what happened in the short, terrible hours in which it was fought, but also our understanding of its later impact – on the course of the war at sea, the course of the war on land, and the lives of those involved on both sides.”

The exhibition is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to view British and German artefacts from The National Museum of the Royal Navy, the Imperial War Museum, private lenders and public organisations together in one exhibition space.

HMS Hermes returning from the Falklands