The National Museum of the Royal Navy stars in new radio series

The constituent museums of The National Museum of the Royal Navy play a starring role in the forthcoming Radio 4 “Britain at Sea” series as former First Sea Lord, Admiral Lord West tells the story of the Royal Navy during the 20th century.

Experts from Gosport’s Royal Navy Submarine Museum; Northern Ireland’s HMS Caroline; Yeovilton’s Fleet Air Arm Museum and Eastney’s Royal Marines Museum all feature across many of the 15 episodes, due to start broadcasting daily for three weeks, Monday – Friday from 2nd June at 13.45hrs.

Professor Dominic Tweddle, Director General of The National Museum of the Royal Navy commented: “We are delighted that so many of our experts feature in this series which focusses on the senior service’s role in the 20th century. It demonstrates the impact the Royal Navy had on all aspects of society and politics and how some of our key ships were involved in epic moments in history.”

Those featured include archivist George Malcolmson commenting on the Royal Navy’s first submarine Holland 1 and Gosport’s armaments depot Explosion – now the Museum of Naval Firepower.

Dr Duncan Redford speaks about the RN’s role during WW1 focussing on HMS Caroline at the Battle of Jutland. Recording also took place on M33, a veteran from Gallipoli.

The series also features Graham Mottram from Fleet Air Arm Museum; Ian Maine at Royal Marines Museum and veteran submariner guide Charlie Hayward on board HMS Alliance, the only remaining WW2 era British ocean-going submarine, recently restored after a £7m refit.

HMS Hermes returning from the Falklands