• Thursday, 6 April 2017 - 3:55pm
    L to R Admiral Sir Jonathon Band, Chairman of The National Museum of the Royal Navy formally welcomes Rear Admiral Neil Latham, Chairman of the Warrior Preservation Trust


    Thirty years after HMS Warrior 1860 returned to Portsmouth, it has been announced that her owners, the Warrior Preservation Trust, merged with The National Museum of the Royal Navy as of 1st April 2017.

    As Britain’s first iron-clad battleship, Warrior is one of the most influential warships ever built and a key attraction at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, welcoming 330,000 visitors a year.  She was...

  • Thursday, 23 March 2017 - 4:02pm


  • Monday, 6 March 2017 - 3:06pm
    Sixteen women from Belfast and Northern Ireland are to feature in a new HLF funded documentary which explores their roles in the Royal Navy from the 1940s to the 1990s. The film, produced by the HMS Caroline’s curatorial and community engagement teams, will be one of the first recorded oral histories to be collected for an archive being established by the ship’s owners, the National Museum of the Royal Navy. 
    A private screening for participants will be held on March 7 at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland in advance of International Women’s Day and...
  • Wednesday, 22 February 2017 - 3:42pm

    English Tourism Week


    As part of the annual celebration of English Tourism, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is going 'all in' to help local residents to discover the delights on their doorstep and to encourage new visitors to come and explore our treasures.

  • Friday, 17 February 2017 - 12:30pm

    By Alan Bush, Jutland Volunteer.

    Originally planned as part of the Jutland Commemorations in the long daylight hours of last summer, the re-scheduled ‘Jutland: The Big Debate’ was held on a dark, blustery Thursday evening this 2nd February bringing together historical experts, members of the public and a virtual audience from all over the world.

    To begin with, guests had a chance to view the exhibition ’36 Hours Jutland 1916: The Battle that won the War’ with a glass of wine and experts on hand to answer any questions. Soon, around the exhibition...

  • Monday, 13 February 2017 - 10:49am
    Just after midnight on 26 August 1914, German light cruiser SMS Magdeburg ran aground in the Baltic. The crew setting off scuttling charges faced a brief engagement with the Russian Navy. The ship was seized and her destruction complete. From the ship the Russians recovered all three copies of her code book, one of which was received by the Admiralty with gratitude. With this book came the facility to ambush the Germans many times during the war, including at the Battle of Jutland.
    By November 1914 a further two code books made their way to a tiny new section,...

HMS Hermes returning from the Falklands