• 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...

  • 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.

  • 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...


HMS Hermes returning from the Falklands