Due to uncertainty around changing COVID regulations and the potential impact of sickness within our teams; NMRN may be required to adjust opening hours or close sites at short notice. Whilst all efforts will be made to avoid this and to contact ticket holders ahead of visits we do ask you to check our Facebook and Twitter accounts for details of closures. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your understanding. 

Pre-booking is advised, and visitors must wear masks for their safety and the safety of others, unless exempt.

HMS Caroline remains temporarily closed. Find The Latest COVID-19 Updates Here.


Southsea Seaside Yarnscape Unveiled!

Our Southsea Seaside Yarnscape

Our Southsea Seaside Yarnscape Community Art exhibition is now on display at the Victory Gallery. The artwork celebrates not only the history of knitting in the Navy, Portsmouth (the home of the Navy!) but also the talent and creativity of local people.

The NMRN worked with Katrina Henderson from the Art Stop Café and their knitters, to create a yarnscape of Southsea seafront including a knitted pier, Spinnaker Tower and HMS Victory. As part of the project the public were asked to send in knitted fish and creatures from specially created patterns (you can downlad these from our Learning pages of the website). The response from the public was phenomenal; over 1900 knitted creatures were sent into to the Museum. The aim was to make the project reach as far and as wide as the Navy does - we succeeded! Fish and seahorses came from Australia, Florida, Abu-Dhabi and 40 places across the UK. As a result the National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) has created a special under the sea wall, which now lives opposite the Yarnscape in the Museum’s Cabin Area.

NMRN Community Engagement Officer, Jo Valentine visited local groups to talk about knitting and embroidery in the Navy along with artefacts.  Men and women took part in the project from ages 8- 92 years old! Many of our fish were made by ex-Wrens, ex-sailors and even Naval personnel onboard HMS Victory's sailors knitted for the project. People also sent us photos of themselves to go along with their artwork. For some people this was the first time they had picked up their knitting needles for over 20 years as they couldn't resist trying out these little fishes!

The project was created in response to discovering 1940’s patterns from ‘The Department for Knitted Garments for the Royal Navy’ in the collection along with wool pictures created by sailors in 1850’s, embroidered slippers, naval collection of mascots and even toys made by the sailors themselves for their children. There is a long history of crafts in the Navy and the project is a way of drawing people’s attention to this cultural heritage.  The public have also knitted balaclavas and other items from the Ministry of Knitted Goods handbook for people to try on in our new 20th and 21st Century Galleries HMSHear My Story opening in 2014.

To visit the Yarnscape come to the Victory Gallery at the National Museum of the Royal Navy and you can see if for free. All of the knitted creatures are on our Facebook page along with other images of the final Yarnscape.

Create your own Yarnscape at home by downloading the knitting patterns from out Resources page


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