NMRN Blog

  • Wednesday, 27 September 2017 - 2:19pm

    Alison Firth, Curator (Images) at the National Museum of the Royal Navy talks about The Royal Marines Museum's art collection of stunning watercolours and drawings by a talented amateur artist, Lt Col William Godfrey Rayson Masters. He painted and drew many art pieces over the course of 30 years as a Royal Marines Officer.

    Lt Col William Godfrey Rayson Masters joined the Royal Marines as a Second...

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  • Friday, 22 September 2017 - 9:57am

    LCT 7074 to be focal point of The National Museum of the Royal Navy’s affiliate  Portsmouth’s D-Day Museum thanks to £4.7m from The National Lottery 

    For the first time ever an original Landing Craft Tank (LCT) will be on display at the D-Day Museum in Portsmouth.  This has been made possible thanks to an investment of nearly £5m from The National Lottery and has been planned to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the landings in two years’ time.

    The D-Day Museum is an affiliate of The National Museum of the Royal Navy which is managing the project.  Due to reopen in 2018...

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  • Friday, 22 September 2017 - 9:50am

    The Supermarine Walrus would be highly unlikely to win a best looking or most elegant aircraft contest but for downed airmen and survivors of a sinking ship, it was a thing of true beauty. 

    This aircraft meant the chance to get home rather than a stay in a prisoner-of-war camp or a watery grave.  Many airmen and sailors were eternally grateful to see the solid little Walrus lumbering over the horizon to rescue them....

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  • Friday, 15 September 2017 - 1:45pm

    The 30th anniversary of Victorian battleship HMS Warrior 1860’s return to Portsmouth was the focus for a visit, today, 14 September, by royal patron HRH Princess Alexandra to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
    After being updated on progress on the restoration project she formally launched two years ago, Her Royal Highness met with staff, volunteers and trustees and marked the 30th anniversary with tea and cake.
    She last visited in 2015 to formally launch a Heritage Lottery Funded (HLF) project to conserve and repair the bulwarks and water bar on the deck. The 18-month, £2.6 million...

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  • 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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HMS Hermes returning from the Falklands