• Wednesday, 6 March 2019 - 1:41pm

    A brand new exhibition retells the epic battle between the Royal Navy and pirates from centuries past will open on 6 April 2019 at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Known for its vivid colour and deadly reputation, the Jolly Roger flag features a skull and crossbones design, striking fear in to all that see it. However, the history of its use by the Royal Navy who flew the flag from First World War submarines is lesser known.

    The tradition began in 1914 in a response to a comment that submariners should be ‘hung like pirates’ because of their role in sinking civilian ships. The...

  • Thursday, 21 February 2019 - 2:44pm

    Curators at The National Museum of the Royal Navy have uncovered the unpublished memoir, Me by Me: Memoirs of a Nobody, by Royal Navy serviceman Les Parkinson. It has now been brought to life by one of the actors from the museum’s “Dockyard Alive troupe to coincide with the move of Rescue Motor Launch RML 497.

    Les Parkinson volunteered to serve with the Royal Navy in 1942 during the Second World War. His unpublished memoir details his life serving in the Royal Navy from 1942, including his training at Portsmouth’s naval base and his posting to RML 497, and subsequent missions...

  • Monday, 18 February 2019 - 9:02am

    The relationship started with a partnership to work on the excavation of the most important maritime archaeology project in decades, the excavation of the wreck HMS Invincible. Now the collaboration between The National Museum of the Royal Navy and the Maritime Archaeology Sea Trust has got the official seal of approval following a formal agreement signed this month.

    The partners will work regionally, nationally or internationally to develop the awareness and understanding of naval heritage. As the popularity of maritime archaeology continues to grow, this...

  • Thursday, 14 February 2019 - 9:10am

    Supporters of the campaign to open a new Royal Marines Museum in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard are being given a rare opportunity to adopt an object from the collection in a scheme launched today, Thursday 14 February. 

    Initially twenty special artefacts have been selected from the museum’s vast collection of over two million items. The scheme gives the chance to put a name to some of the most interesting, informative and educational items in the collection.

    Adopt an Object kicks off with a Portsmouth-related item, a Lewis machine gun purported to have been used by Sgt Norman...

  • Wednesday, 30 January 2019 - 2:12pm

    In October 2018, we heard from the Heritage Lottery Fund that we were unsuccessful with our bid for the new Royal Marines Museum.

    Read the official statement from The National Museum of the Royal Navy

    Official statement from The National Museum of the Royal Navy:
    We have heard from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) that we have been unsuccessful in our bid for a new Royal Marines Museum. The Heritage Lottery Fund has been an amazing supporter of our work across the country and particularly in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. We are very disappointed that our...

  • Tuesday, 29 January 2019 - 9:43am

    From 4 pm today, (Monday 28 January) we’ll be changing the way you buy tickets online for the better.

    As part of The National Museum of the Royal Navy, we have grown to encompass 14 different attractions across the UK. To reflect this, we’re making two distinct changes to how our ticketing system operates online.

    When you next visit our ticketing page, you'll notice that we’re now co-branded with The National Museum of the Royal Navy. This means, wherever you’re online, you can be confident knowing who you’re buying your tickets from.

    Other National...


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