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Victory Live: The Big Repair

Peel back the history of HMS Victory with Victory Live: The Big Repair.  

See conservation in action as the National Museum of the Royal Navy fight to protect HMS Victory for future generations. Victory Live: The Big Repair gives you the chance to see HMS Victory from a completely different perspective.  

From the multi-story scaffolding that encases her to the under-hull walkway, where her 3600-tonne weight is suspended by awe-inspiring engineering, you can see the most famous flagship of the Royal Navy from almost every angle.  

What’s more Victory Live: The Big Rebuild puts you at the centre of the incredible work our experts do every day. Learn more about the ground-breaking conservation and shipwrighting techniques used to preserve HMS Victory with our informative videos and displays. For younger visitors there's paper rubbing spots throughout so they can have fun learning. You might even have the opportunity to meet one of the many craftsmen, conservators, engineers, and shipwrights at work during your visit.  

You can experience this once-in-a-lifetime project and discover what it takes to protect the World’s oldest commissioned ship only at the National Museum of the Royal Navy Portsmouth.  

Additional Notes: Access to the scaffold may be limited due to operational circumstances, where possible we will inform visitors ahead of their visit. The scaffold is accessible via a lift for those with mobility issues. 

Family on scaffolding at HMS Victory Live: The Big Rebuild

Learn more about Victory Live: The Big Repair

Want to know more about the vital conservation work happening over the next 50 years? Our Victory Live: The Big Repair hub has updates, information on HMS Victory, and an in-depth conservation log. Be sure to check back regularly for more updates.  

HMS Victory and Mary Rose Museum aerial shot

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Access to Victory Live: The Big Repair is included with a valid ticket to HMS Victory.  

The scaffold of HMS Victory: The Big Repair is accessible by lift.  

While repair work is ongoing, Victory Live: The Big Rebuild does not require specialist equipment to enjoy. We recommend suitable shoes due to uneven surfaces and hard hats are available should you wish to wear one.  

Further information on the on-going conservation work for HMS Victory can be found on our dedicated Victory Live: The Big Repair Hub