NMRN Blog

  • Friday, 15 September 2017 - 12:48pm

    I am a little bit obsessed with gender history, especially men and women in the past who crossed gender expectations and boundaries to do things that would shock their contemporaries. One of my favourite objects is Rear-Admiral Edward Ellicott’s biography. Even though it is written as though Ellicott is telling the stories, it was actually penned by his daughter after his death. I was reading through his tales of fascinating 43-year long career (1781-1846) as a Captain, and came across several stories of women on board ships: including manning the pump and loading the guns, giving birth on...

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  • Monday, 11 September 2017 - 12:47pm

    It’s a proud day for the Royal Navy as HMS Queen Elizabeth will be commissioned in her home port of Portsmouth this week. Join in the celebration by visiting Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, home of The National Museum of the Royal Navy for FREE on Thursday 7 December 2017.

    As Lady Sponsor, Her Majesty the Queen will formally commission her namesake aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, into the Royal Navy fleet. This will be the first time the Queen has visited the UK’s newest aircraft carrier since she formally named her in Rosyth in Scotland, July 2014....

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  • Tuesday, 5 September 2017 - 5:09pm

    Willy Wong, Student Intern from the University of Leicester returns with another article on a new display for an exhibition he’s recently completed. He is a part of a heritage internship programme at the National Museum of the Royal Navy. His work involves working across the National Museum, including the new exhibition, the Making of a Royal Marines Commando which has recently opened in Action Stations at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

    Before the exhibition launched, Willy took an active role in dressing several mannequins, transforming them into Royal Marines Commandos. Each...

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  • Monday, 21 August 2017 - 11:51am

    An 18-month programme to re-support the world’s most famous warship HMS Victory sagging under her own weight is now underway.

    HMS Victory has been sitting in a dry dock in Portsmouth since 1922 supported by 22 steel cradles positioned six metres apart.  It has been well documented that the 252-year-old ship is creeping under her own weight and following a detailed laser scan of 89.25 billion measurements and computer modelling, a new support system has been designed to mimic how the ship would sit in water.

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  • Thursday, 17 August 2017 - 2:35pm

    Barbara Gilbert, Curator (Archives and Images) at the National Museum of the Royal Navy has found a wonderful example of poster art from World War 1 for this month’s star object. It tells the story of Rex Warneford and his connection to an exhibition of memorabilia.

    A Warneford VC 1915 exhibition poster

    Why is this my favourite museum object? It celebrated an amazing pilot and his status as a national hero. It advertised an exhibition of memorabilia – what museum curator can fail to love that? It supported...

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  • Monday, 14 August 2017 - 1:55pm

    In this month's Curators Choice, James Turner looks at Charles II special barge, used to visit his fleet in Portsmouth. James talks about the barge in detail and the link between Nelson and the monarchy. 

    This barge, built in around 1670 began life as a state barge for Charles II. The King used it for visiting the various ships in his fleet, an event which we now called a fleet review. This traditionally took place at Portsmouth. The barge is properly known as a “shallop”. It has rowlocks for five oars at each side.

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HMS Hermes returning from the Falklands