Was Jutland the greatest naval battle ever?

We are sorry to announce that this debate has been postponed. Dan Snow, our Chairman, has had to revise his very busy filming schedule to accommodate travel restrictions abroad and is now unable to attend. He passes on his sincere apologies. We will be in touch shortly with a new date later in the year when we will be able to give ticket holders a private view of the exhibition before the debate. We are sorry for any inconvenience and hope you are able to join us for what will be a very insightful evening. However if you are unable to attend on the new date, please contact us on 023 9283 9766 so we can either offer you a full refund or exchange your tickets for entry to the exhibition.
 
•             “Question Time” panel debate on Battle of Jutland chaired by popular TV historian and broadcaster Dan Snow in the run-up to opening of blockbuster exhibition at The National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN)
 
•          Hear from the experts and have your say
 
In the centenary year of the Battle of Jutland, considered the defining naval battle of the First World War, a “Question Time” debate hosted by popular TV historian and broadcaster Dan Snow promises to get to the heart of a battle that has divided opinion for 100 years. 
 
The big debate takes place on Monday, 9th May at 7pm in Action Stations, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
 
The battle was often considered a German victory due to the number of British lives lost, 6,094 to the Germans 2,551 however the British maintained numerical supremacy on the day. 
 
Although the battle had a huge human cost, most British losses were tactically insignificant, with the exception of HMS Queen Mary, and the Grand Fleet was ready for action again the next day. One month after the battle the Grand Fleet was stronger than it had been before sailing to Jutland. By contrast, so shaken were the Germans by the weight of the British response that they never again seriously challenged British control of the North Sea. 
 
The panel will be headed by British historian and broadcaster Dan Snow. He said: “Jutland was the climax of centuries of naval warfare, the last time two fleets of big gunned battleships contested control of the seas.” 
 
Joining him is naval historian Dr Andrew Gordon, author of The Rules of the Game, for many, the definitive book on the battle and Dr Laura Rowe, lecturer at the University of Exeter whose primary research interest focuses on the social and cultural history of the First World War and on the Royal Navy in particular.  
 
Also present will be Nick Hewitt, author, broadcaster and naval historian and The National Museum of the Royal Navy’s project leader for the blockbuster exhibition that opens at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard on May 19th, 36 Hours: Jutland 1916, The Battle That Won The War.
 
Nick Hewitt said: “The Battle of Jutland is the Royal Navy’s defining moment in The Great War, and perhaps the largest sea battle in history. It’s the only event in the national First World War centenary programme which is wholly naval in character. As a naval historian, it’s a great privilege to be involved in a debate like this and I’m absolutely sure our visitors will be as engaged by this epic, tragic story as we are.”
 
Ticket buyers are being urged to submit their questions for consideration before May 2nd. The type of questions that may be posed include who really won the battle? Did the battle win the war? Was it the greatest naval battle ever fought? 
 
Tickets cost £10 and are available online or at the Visitor Centre at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard between 10am – 4pm daily. 
 

Nelson's funeral barge

The funeral barge used to transport Nelson’s body down the Thames is preserved at the NMRN.