• Wednesday, 12 July 2017 - 11:03am

    The board of The National Museum of the Royal Navy has agreed unanimously to keep the Yomper statue where it is on Eastney seafront.

    The resounding “yes” followed a year-long public consultation which gathered over 3000 responses from across the country.

    The Yomper, sculpted by Philip Jackson, has become a very popular feature of the Eastney seafront. It dominates the entrance to the Royal Marines Museum and was originally commissioned as a marker for the museum, the galleries of which are now closed to visitors. It was unveiled by Lady Margaret Thatcher on 8 July 1992 on the...

  • Friday, 7 July 2017 - 10:09am

    As the first dive season on the wreck site of HMS Invincible in the Solent draws to a close this year, it has been announced the project has received initial Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) support to create a three-year programme to bring the excitement of the operation from the seabed to a much wider audience.

    Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, ‘Diving Deep - The HMS Invincible 1744’ Project is a partnership with The Maritime Archaeology Sea Trust (MAST), The National Museum of the Royal Navy and Bournemouth University to archaeologically excavate, record,...

  • Friday, 7 July 2017 - 9:59am

    A rare portrait of a midshipman, a veteran of the Battle of Trafalgar, has been acquired by The National Museum of the Royal Navy with support from Art Fund and an anonymous, generous charitable trust.

    What marks the portrait as out of the ordinary is that it is a very rare depiction of a midshipman, a young junior officer, at the time of Vice Admiral Lord Nelson. The museum only has one other oil portrait of a midshipman within its collections.

    Painted by accomplished portraitist George Henry Harlow (1787-1819) when he was just 18-years-old, the work shows John...

  • Wednesday, 28 June 2017 - 11:38am

    A question we are often asked at the museum is how many men were on board, and who were they?  The muster roll for HMS Victory is held in the archives at the library here at the National Museum of the Royal Navy. It names all the crew of the ship at the Battle of Trafalgar, each man on the list being awarded prize money for the enemy ships destroyed or captured during the battle.  Besides Lord Nelson and Captain Hardy, there are 820 crew on this list.

    This list also includes men who were killed during battle, and their share of prize money would have been paid to their families.  ...

  • Friday, 9 June 2017 - 10:13am

    ‘We are remarkably fortunate in having such generous and constant support in our task of ensuring the survival of this famous ship.” These are the words of our Director General Professor Dominic Tweddle as he witnessed the handover of a cheque for £100,000 from the Society of Nautical Research this week towards the ongoing restoration of HMS Victory.

    Since 1994 the Society’s Save the Victory fund, which was launched in 1922, has given the ship over £1,262,000. Dominic Tweddle continued: “The dedication of the Society for Nautical Research is a great encouragement to us in our...

  • Thursday, 8 June 2017 - 4:39pm

    Although you won't see a 21-Gun Salute you will definitely be able to hear it!

    1. The firing of gun salutes is a very old custom which appears to have originated in the early days of sail. Ships, when on good will visits to foreign ports, discharged all their guns to seaward on arrival thus indicating to the authorities ashore that their guns were empty and their visit peaceful.
    2. Gun Salutes always consist of an odd number of rounds; the firing of an even number of rounds in olden days was always reserved for occasions of mourning. A salute is referred to as, for...

HMS Hermes returning from the Falklands