• Thursday, 29 November 2018 - 3:08pm

    Shipwrights from The National Museum of the Royal Navy have been assessing wood from trees on an Aberdeenshire estate for use in HMS Victory’s ongoing restoration. Ian Setterfield, shipwright at the museum, which is based in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and Will Bullough of Hereford’s Whitney Sawmills visited the Haddo Estate, owned by Lord Aberdeen, this week to assess eight donated elms for use in restoring the ship’s keel. 

    HMS Victory is in the midst of a 15 year conservation project and in need of the very best quality materials to ensure she survives a further 250 years....

  • Tuesday, 27 November 2018 - 3:09pm

    This December, HMS Caroline is opening its doors for free to all National Lottery players as a way of saying thank you for their support.

    From 3rd to 9th December, HMS Caroline will be taking part in the National Lottery’s ‘thanks to you’ campaign, where they will be offering free entry on board the ship to anyone with a valid lottery ticket or scratch card.

    Visitors both old and new can explore the ship’s new Dockside Museum in the Pump House before hopping on board to experience impressively recreated historic spaces and an array of interactive exhibits....

  • Thursday, 1 November 2018 - 9:29am

    Last remaining D-Day tank landing craft to be restored in time for D-Day 75th anniversary year with National Lottery funding.

    Plans to land a 200-foot long D-Day landing craft tank (LCT) on Southsea beach during the 75th anniversary year of the commemorations are secure. The National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) bid to conserve and move LCT 7074 has been backed by a £4.7million National Lottery grant, awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

    LCT 7074 is the sole surviving Landing Craft (Tank) from D-Day.  She is one of more than 800 LCTs that took part...

  • Thursday, 25 October 2018 - 1:25pm

    Hartlepool will be welcoming a unique Second World War survivor, Rescue Motor Launch (RML) 497, after planning permission was granted for her to be located at The National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool.

    RML 497 will undertake her most important journey to date, as she is barged approximately 400 nautical miles by sea from her current resting place on Southampton Water, arriving at Hartlepool marina.
    The 70-tonnes ship will be cradled onto a submersible barge, transported up the east coast and then carefully craned into place alongside the National...

  • Monday, 22 October 2018 - 12:40pm

    The parish register containing the entry recording the marriage of Admiral Lord Nelson has been brought to the UK from its home in the Caribbean for urgent conservation work. The 190-page register is held in the parish church of St John Figtree on the island of Nevis, where the then Captain Horatio Nelson married Mrs Fanny Nisbet, the widow of an island physician, who later became Viscountess Nelson. The marriage took place in the parish on 11th March 1787 at Montpelier House, the residence of the President of the island.

    At that time, Captain Nelson was commanding...

  • Thursday, 11 October 2018 - 9:26am

    A major showcase for most important underwater excavation in decades to begin with a call for volunteers

    Since 2017 the £2million underwater excavation of HMS Invincible 1744 by the Maritime Archaeology Sea Trust (MAST) in partnership with Bournemouth University has grabbed the nation’s imagination. A dedicated team of archaeological divers guided by Dan Pascoe, the site’s licensee, has been working against time in the Solent to reveal the wreck’s secrets in what is the country’s most significant maritime archaeology project since the 1980s.

    Now the chance to share the...


HMS Hermes returning from the Falklands