• Wednesday, 25 September 2019 - 3:52pm

    Yesterday the launch of new exhibition at the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Somerset saw veterans from the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS) gather alongside invited guests to celebrate the work of women in the Royal Navy over more than 250 years – and included a surprise reunion of two veterans after almost 80 years.

    Mary Owens and Eve Warton, both WRNS veterans of the Second World War, were guests of honour at the formal opening of “Pioneers to Professionals: Women and the Royal Navy”, a new permanent exhibition at the Fleet Air Arm Museum tracing the evolving role of women in the...

  • Wednesday, 25 September 2019 - 2:10pm


    Autumn Lectures: Second World War Commemorations (9 October, 6:30pm)

    Join us at HMS Caroline for a fascinating lecture series, commemorating 80 years since the outbreak of the Second World War.
    Our two distinguished speakers will feature Victoria Millar, Senior Curator NMNI & Former Curator of HMS Caroline and Richard Doherty, Military Historian, Author & Trustee at the NI War Memorial.

  • Wednesday, 18 September 2019 - 10:11am

    Tributes have been paid to The National Museum of the Royal Navy benefactor Honorary Vice-Admiral Sir Donald Gosling KCVO who has died.

    In 2012 HMS Victory was transferred from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) into the care of the HMS Victory Preservation Trust, a part of the National Museum. The transfer of Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson’s flagship, which led the fleet to victory at the Battle of Trafalgar 1805 and is the oldest commissioned warship in the world, was made possible by the gift of two endowments: £25million from the Ministry of Defence and an extraordinarily generous £...

  • Wednesday, 7 August 2019 - 3:44pm

    1. William CrickBoy Telegraphist



    William Crick was born in Surrey in 1899 and joined the Royal Navy in 1914. He arrived on board HMS Caroline in 1915, when he was only 16 years old where he became a Boy Telegraphist. His job was to decipher the relentless messages of Morse code coming through to HMS Caroline and write everything down so that the cypher team could decode it. William Crick remained on...

  • Monday, 5 August 2019 - 10:31am

    Mini sailors stormed the new play ship at the National Museum of the Royal Navy as soon as it was launched on Friday 2 August 2019.

    Rope ladders were scaled, swings flown high, carousels whizzed round and pirates escaped down slides as the ship set sail for foreign shores. 

    Toddlers loved their very own mini sailing ship complete with slides and ladders of their own.  The low-level, inclusive carousel which accommodates wheelchairs was also a big hit.

    Emily Wallace (5) from Billingham said: “I liked the big yellow slide because we went very very fast!”.


  • Tuesday, 23 July 2019 - 4:39pm

    1. Engine Rooms

    ‘Our favourite part was the engine room - the darkness, the sound effects and vibrations all felt so real!’

    Did you know that the engine room on board HMS Caroline is still accessible to walk around today? Complete with rumbling sound effects, creative lighting it feels like the engines are still alive today and it really gives you a sense of what it was like for sailors who worked in this space.


    2. Mess Deck Café

    ‘While having a cup of tea in the old mess hall I could almost hear the...


HMS Hermes returning from the Falklands