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  • Thursday, 26 April 2018 - 8:38am

    Artefacts from HMS Invincible that have lain on the seabed floor for over 200 years have been donated to a museum on the eve of a new dive season on the celebrated Solent wreck site.

    A handful of everyday artefacts including shoes, tankard and grapeshot have been gifted to The National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard by Arthur Mack, who found the underwater wreck nearly 40 years ago.

    A keen fisherman, Arthur (83) from Eastney, Portsmouth was on the water in 1979 when his nets snagged on something underwater. He had rediscovered the...

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  • Thursday, 12 April 2018 - 12:54pm

    A campaign run by The National Museum of the Royal Navy to save one of the last surviving Second World War Landing Craft Tanks from D-Day has had a very welcomed boost from the Transport Trust which donated a grant of £1,000 towards the much-needed match funds required to take the project forward and secure funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

    Stuart Wilkinson, Chairman of the Transport Trust said “Our trustees are unanimous in their support for LCT 7074 as a vessel which must be saved.”

    Amy Sturman, Deputy Head of Fundraising at The National...

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  • Tuesday, 27 February 2018 - 10:19am

    The National Museum of the Royal Navy, the team behind the historic HMS Caroline which has been restored into an intriguing and exciting visitor and learning attraction, is launching a fun-filled festival to mark the opening of its new visitor centre.

    The Dockside Festival, running from March 27 to April 20, will give visitors a first look at the newly restored Pump House, adjacent to HMS Caroline in the Titanic Quarter....

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  • Tuesday, 20 February 2018 - 9:16am

    Details of how The National Museum of the Royal Navy is to invest almost £33million in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and the wider city over the next two years were unveiled today.

    Developing major new exhibitions and interpretation alongside finalising major museum projects are at the heart of the investment.  It follows the news of a record breaking year for visitor numbers and economic impact figures that state that Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, which is managed by the National Museum, brings £110million p.a. for Portsmouth.

    The plans were unveiled...

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  • Wednesday, 14 February 2018 - 10:55am

    Seven years of chronicling the construction of the Royal Navy’s newest destroyers and monolithic aircraft carriers are the inspiration for Shipyard, a remarkable exhibition by renowned Scottish artist Lachlan Goudie which opens at The National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard on 17 March.

    This is the first showing of Goudie’s Shipyard in England, following its successful launch in Scotland. The opening follows the much-heralded arrival of HMS Queen Elizabeth into her home port, Portsmouth, during 2017. For the last seven years renowned...

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  • Tuesday, 13 February 2018 - 10:15am

    Theirs was a love affair that scandalised society and continues to grip the imagination and this Valentine’s Day, 14 February, visitors to The National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard have a rare chance to get up close and personal to the betrothal ring Vice Admiral Lord Nelson gave to his mistress Emma Hamilton on the eve of his final departure from British soil.

    The fede gold “betrothal” ring is one of two exchanged by the couple on 13 September 1805, shortly before Nelson returned to active duty. That month he left Portsmouth for the...

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HMS Hermes returning from the Falklands