• 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...

  • 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.

  • Tuesday, 8 August 2017 - 9:56am

    Willy Wong is a new intern from Hong Kong and is working alongside the archiving team at the moment. He extends a warm thank you to the Royal Navy who helped shape the development of Hong Kong for future generations.

    During the colonial era (1841-1997) of Hong Kong, the Royal Navy helped to shape the development of Hong Kong. Twenty years ago, the last element of British Forces Overseas Hong Kong, including the Royal Navy, handed the responsibility of defending Hong Kong over to the People’s Liberation Army....

  • Thursday, 3 August 2017 - 12:27pm

    Do you have any photos, letters or printed archives relating to HMS Caroline dating from the 1920s – 2009?  If you do and would be happy for copies to be made, then the team at HMS Caroline would like to hear from you.  Some of these will be displayed over the coming years at HMS Caroline, on the onboard digital display screens and through social media.

    We are holding a series of Share Your Archive days for people to come in, meet our team and show us their HMS Caroline archives. We are specifically looking for printed or paper materials relating to specific decades on the...

  • Wednesday, 2 August 2017 - 2:06pm

    Sarah Morris is a Museum Studies student at Newcastle University and has been volunteering at the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Hartlepool for the last year. She talks about her experience working with the museum team and what it was like to work alongside amazing exhibits.

    As a Museum Studies student at Newcastle University, gaining practical experience through volunteering has been vital to enhance the theory that I have been taught on my year-long post graduate course.

    I’ve always loved history and decided to include this as a part of my American...

  • Wednesday, 19 July 2017 - 11:10am


    Our museum curator, Alice Walsh talks about her discovery of Jane Penroses diary when she was researching for our new exhibition: Pioneers to Professionals: Women and the Royal Navy. Alice discusses her findings and talks about women's roles onboard naval ships. 

    Helping set the foundation for Pioneers to Professionals: Women and the Royal Navy

    I love to read diaries and...


HMS Hermes returning from the Falklands