What’s on at The National Museum of the Royal Navy in 2014?

First World War Centenary

2014-2018 marks the centenary of the First World War. A major highlight of 2014 will be the unveiling of HMS Hear My Story; our brand new £4.5m permanent galleries covering 100 years of the Royal Navy, and a major exhibition, "Racing to War", devoted to the outbreak of the First World War.

The new £4.5m galleries, entitled HMS – Hear My Story, are the first of their kind for the National Museum; telling the stories of the men and women in the Royal Navy over 100 years. Following themes from War and Peace to Popular Culture; the collection draws from the National Museum’s extensive archive and enduring relationships with Naval personnel over the decades.  A comprehensive interactive timeline and immersive spaces feature, allowing visitors to explore stories and wider themes. An atmospheric cinema showing specially commissioned films will evoke what war at sea was like and provide a sense of the conditions faced by those sent to fight.  

With missiles hanging from above and torpedoes sunk into the floor, visitors will be able to discover in detail the Changing Technology that comes out of conflict. Highlights include the 4-inch gun from HMS Lance, which fired the first British shot of the First World War on August 5th 1914 and a canoe made famous by the Cockleshell Heroes. Also featured are letters, medals and even a bomb-damaged motorbike which sit alongside photographs, contemporary art and film.

The exhibition is sure to rouse debate as you look at The Navy, Now and Future and take the opportunity to sit, ask questions and talk to veterans from a range of Naval conflicts. Take part and share your own family military history and reflect as you pass though and explore the last 100 years of the Royal Navy’s rich history.  

We are very pleased to be able to announce the launch of HMS Hear My Story and the £7m re-opening of HMS Alliance, Gosport on April 3rd 2014.

Previews for members of the Press will be on 18th and 25th March, followed by a launch event on the 3rd April. 

For a full programme of events and contact details for further information, download our leaflet here


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