NMRN Blog

  • Monday, 1 June 2020 - 6:16pm

    HMS Caroline is an extraordinary and unique survivor. She was built in 1914 and has had an exciting career which has spanned across two world wars and a long and active life in Belfast.

    Classed as a Light Cruiser, she is one of only three major warships surviving that served with the Royal Navy in the First World War, and the last survivor of the Battle of Jutland, arguably the greatest naval battle in history.

    Today this significant ship is located in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter, her home since 1924 when she served as the floating headquarters for the Ulster Division of the...

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  • Monday, 1 June 2020 - 1:57pm

    This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Dunkirk Evacuation which took place between 26 May and 4 June 1940. The rescue was co-ordinated by Vice-Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsey and was also known as Operation Dynamo, so called because it was planned in a former Dynamo Room underneath Dover Castle.

    When people think of the Dunkirk Evacuation, many remember the small civilian-owned boats known as the ‘Little Ships’ of Dunkirk. After the evacuation these boats and their owners were highlighted by Churchill and the government to emphasise that Nazi Germany was a threat to the general...

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  • Thursday, 7 May 2020 - 4:15pm

    "their diversities of thought and upbringing were forgotten in the all-important task of helping the Navy in it's time of need..."

    As it looked for support during WW2 the Royal Military of Defence searched internationally, offering the women of India new prospects in the work place. Though they were not allowed to go to sea they could become deeply involved in naval life and play a vital role in defeating the enemy. Through confidence, a sense of duty and pride of service these women were able to make a difference, directly confronting issues that still enormously affect us today,...

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  • Thursday, 23 April 2020 - 4:26pm

    The National Museum of the Royal Navy, takes seriously its responsibility to support the local communities that are home to its four museum locations. The current situation has affected every one across the UK. In extraordinary times like these the British have always gallantly come together taking action to support each other and our allies wherever needed. With the United Kingdom always in the top 10 of the most generous countries in the world, the population’s generosity has benefitted both communities abroad and at home.    

    While the sites of The National Museums of the Royal...

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  • Wednesday, 8 April 2020 - 3:23pm

    Since 2015, a dedicated and growing conservation team have been in place at the National Museum of the Royal Navy that look after the collection of historic vessels. The team has grown over the years to include all kinds of specialists whose skills are needed to manage the ships and submarines. Riggers, shipwrights, conservators, painters, shipkeepers, electricians, archaeologists, curators, apprentices and project and team managers all play a part in maintaining the vessels safely, preserving their historic fabric and presenting them to our visitors.

    The way we approach preserving...

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  • Monday, 23 March 2020 - 10:19am

    COVID-19 – CLOSURE OF THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE ROYAL NAVY

    The National Museum of the Royal Navy has made the difficult decision to close its sites in response to the escalating COVID-19 situation. All of our sites in Portsmouth, Gosport, Belfast, Yeovilton and Hartlepool will be closed from 17.00 on 18 March 2020.

    There have been no diagnosed cases of the virus on site, however we felt that like our colleagues across the Museum and Heritage sector, closure of the sites was now the best decision to maintain the health and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers and visitors....

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