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New Royal Marines Museum

The New Royal Marines Museum

 

A place where Royal Marines of the past and the present can come to celebrate, commemorate and enjoy their prestigious history

— Mark Ormrod - Royal Marine, 2001 - 2010

 

The National Museum of the Royal Navy is working to create the New Royal Marines Museum, within the architecturally stunning Boathouse 6 at the heart of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. The move will place the singular history of the Royal Marines in its rightful place within the wider story of the Royal Navy.

The best museums are places for people, for remembrance and for belonging that anyone can enjoy and the National Museum aspires to create the very best example in the new Royal Marines Museum. New displays will enable us to more effectively tell the stories behind the collections and bring the drama of the Corps’ history to larger and more diverse audiences.

The experience will allow visitors not only to learn about who the Royal Marines are, but also invite them to partake in a number of activities designed to give a taste of the physical fitness and mental agility required to be a Royal Marine Commando.

 

THE COLLECTIONS

The Royal Marines Museum Collections

The collections of the Royal Marines Museum tell the story of the nation’s vital amphibious force which has fought at sea and on land across four centuries; with artefacts dating from the establishment of ‘The Admiral’s Regiment’ in 1664 to the most recent operations in 2019.

Since its establishment in 1958 as a ‘regimental’ collection, the collection has grown and changed in character to include slightly under 2,000,000 items. The new Museum will draw from the following wide ranging and important collections to develop and tell the story of the Royal Marines:

  • Personal items including 8000 orders and medals from the Royal Marines’ global operations.
  • Boats, equipment and uniform which provide evidence of technological change
  • Material on notable people, global events and conflicts with a national significance
  • 75,000 documents in the archives, 1,500,000 photographs and 300 films.
  • A collection of 2,500 artworks produced by artists, from professionals to officers and men in service.

NMRN Collections 1

NMRN Collections 2

 

MUSEUM AIMS

ROYAL MARINES MUSEUM AIMS

The new museum will radically change the way in which the collections of the Royal Marines are managed, conserved and showcased. We will use the Royal Marines’ historic collections and their continuously unfolding history to inspire, change and challenge new and diverse audiences. The museum will help visitors to appreciate that:

  • Since 1664 the Royal Marines have developed a distinctive capability, tradition and identity - one of ‘soldier and sailor too’.
  • The Royal Marines are the nation’s amphibious force which has made, and continues to make, an impact around the globe at sea and on land, in peace and in war.
  • The versatility of the Corps has enabled it to evolve and embrace many different roles across four centuries.
  • Unique training earns Royal Marines Commandos the Green Beret and creates the ‘Commando Spirit’ – marked by courage, determination, unselfishness and cheerfulness in the face to adversity.

 

OUTCOMES AND BENEFITS

ROYAL MARINES MUSEUM - OUTCOMES AND BENEFITS

Once open, the new museum will;

  • Better protect, conserve and showcase heritage within a nationally significant collection.
  • Improve the reach of the museum, enabling us to welcome 200,000 visitors per year compared to less than 40,000 at the Eastney site.
  • Create a space for commemoration, to allow reflection on the service and sacrifice of countless Royal Marines.
  • To deliver a place of belonging for the serving Corps and the wider Royal Marine family.
  • Support families of serving and ex-Royal Marines through education and engagement, building understanding of what their relatives experience when away from home.
  • Allow people from a more diverse range of community groups to come together for formal and informal events including reunions, performances and concerts.
  • Deliver key social outcomes which will improve well-being through opportunities for volunteering, training and engagement, both in the local area and beyond.
  • Widen involvement of local people, helping to increase their sense of pride in Portsmouth and the heritage of the Royal Marines and Royal Navy.
  • Improve accessibility and increase understanding and empathy for injured service personnel and their role in society.
  • Adopt a flexible design format that will endure, enabling us to share the unfolding story of the Royal Marines now and for future generations.

 

 

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