Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower

Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower Explosion! is an award winning museum of naval warfare created within 18th century buildings at the Royal Navy's former armaments depot of Priddy's Hard, in Gosport, Hampshire.
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Opening Times:
Summer: 10am-5pm, seven days a week. Winter: Start 5 September

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28/08/2021

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We've got a range of new roles which we share on our website...
www.nmrn.org.uk/jobs-volunteering

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Interested in working for us?

We've got a range of new roles which we share on our website...
www.nmrn.org.uk/jobs-volunteering

And, we share them on our LinkedIn Page...
https://www.linkedin.com/company/2763332

Follow us for all the latest opportunities.

#NMRN #Jobs

Timeline Photos
27/08/2021

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On 27 August 1914, the first Royal Naval Air Service squadron deployed to Ostend under the command of Charles Rumney Samson. The ground party of support staff crossed the channel in HMS Empress, while the pilots flew across in an assortment of aircraft, B.E. 2A, Sopwith, Bleriot, Farman, Bristol and Short.

#NMRN #FleetAirArmMuseum #RoyalNavyAirService #RoyalNavy

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24/08/2021

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In the NMRN’s collection is a matchbox cover made of aluminium salvaged from the wreckage of airship R38 which exploded over the estuary of the River Humber on 24 August 1921. It was made by Henry Beacock, who was working on a dredger that went to the aid of the survivors. The back of the cover shows the airship breaking in half mid-air.

You can read more about the R38 and its fate here: https://www.nmrn.org.uk/news-events/nmrn-blog/r38-disaster

#NMRN #NavigateTheNavy #100Anniversary #FleetAirArmMuseum
Fleet Air Arm Museum

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23/08/2021

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Find out more about Holland 1 on your next visit to Royal Navy Submarine Museum with the new touchscreen in place helping tell her incredible history.

Watch the story of how she was built including imagery of her salvage, conservation and restoration in much more detail.

You'll find the submarine museum across the water from Portsmouth Historic Dockyard in Gosport, which has a rich naval heritage and is also based in Hampshire.

#NMRN #NavigateTheNavy #RoyalNavySubmarineMuseum #Gosport #Portsmouth #Hampshire

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20/08/2021

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More from #BehindTheScenes in #Hartlepool - we've already saved some objects that reflect #RML497's Second World War history, and today we've have also kept hold of a life ring and life jacket to represent its time as a ferry.

#NMRN #TheNationalMuseumOfTheRoyalNavyHartlepool

📅 Book an entry time slot! 📅It's essential to book an entry time slot in advance and you can do that at https://www.nmrn...
18/08/2021

📅 Book an entry time slot! 📅
It's essential to book an entry time slot in advance and you can do that at https://www.nmrn.org.uk/book-your-visit
Newly purchased tickets will prompt you to book your first visit and time slot.
Returning visitors need to use their Returner ID (in your original confirmation email) to book a time slot through the link above.

📅 Book an entry time slot! 📅
It's essential to book an entry time slot in advance and you can do that at https://www.nmrn.org.uk/book-your-visit
Newly purchased tickets will prompt you to book your first visit and time slot.
Returning visitors need to use their Returner ID (in your original confirmation email) to book a time slot through the link above.

Timeline Photos
17/08/2021

Timeline Photos

What did you do in the 18th Century when your hair was flapping in your eyes when you were climbing the rigging?

Life onboard HMS #Invincible1744 was very different, and there was no popping to the supermarket to stock up on hair gel before your trip.

So, sailors used to use tar as hair gel, there was plenty of it about!

Find out weird facts like this and more at the #HMSInvincible Diving Deep exhibition at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

nmrn.org.uk/exhibitions-projects/hms-invincible

#NMRN
Thanks to: MAST, Bournemouth University Maritime Archaeology & National Lottery Heritage Fund

Timeline Photos
16/08/2021

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Rum has long been known as a sailor’s drink - grog, a mix of rum and water, was given out on board #RoyalNavy ships from the 1700s, right up until 1970.

In 1850 rum rations were diluted with more water, and other options were offered, such as tea, coffee and cocoa; this went a long way to solving issues of discipline on ships which were usually caused by the men saving up their rations to get drunk.

📸: A Royal Navy rum tub used for serving the rum ration, on board HMS Trincomalee

#NMRN #NavigateTheNavy #InternationalRumDay

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12/08/2021

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The first air-launched torpedo attack on an enemy ship was made on 12 August 1915 by Flight Commander C H K Edmonds flying a Short 184 aircraft from HMS Ben-my-Chree. HMS Ben-my-Chree was a seaplane carrier converted from a Manx packet steamer. At the end of 1915 she became the flagship of the Egypt and East Indies Seaplane Squadron operating in the Eastern Mediterranean until she was sunk early in 1917 by Turkish artillery fire.

#NMRN #NavigateTheNavy #OnThisDay #FleetAirArmMuseum

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10/08/2021

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Preserving artefacts from HMS #Invincible1744 sometimes required special chemicals to help look after them.

What's the downside? The mixing process in the treatment tanks made the whole wet lab smell like baby sick!

Find out more about the exhibition at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard at nmrn.org.uk/exhibitions-projects/hms-invincible

#NMRN #BehindTheScenes
Thanks to: MAST, Bournemouth University Maritime Archaeology and National Lottery Heritage Fund

Timeline Photos
09/08/2021

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#OnThisDay 9 August 1952, during the Korean War, Lieutenant Peter ‘Hoagy’ Carmichael, flying a Fleet Air Arm Sea Fury of 802 Squadron, HMS Ocean, shot down a MiG-15 jet fighter. This was a real “Top Gun” manoeuvre and was the first instance of a jet being shot down by a propeller aircraft. You can see both a Hawker Sea Fury and a MiG-15 at the #FleetAirArmMuseum

#NMRN #NavigateTheNavy

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06/08/2021

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On 6 August 1940 it was reported that the training ship, HMS Foudroyant (now HMS Trincomalee) had received minor hull damage following a German air raid on Portsmouth, leading to a suspension of training due to the risks. The Director of the National Maritime Museum, Geoffrey Callender, was quoted to have said that the ship and her training partner, HMS Implacable, ‘fought against Hi**er as they did against Napoleon and dictators of that time.’ This statement could hardly be more inaccurate as Trincomalee was built after the Napoleonic wars, and Implacable had been captured from the French, having previously fought on their side at the Battle of Trafalgar!

📸: Foudroyant and Implacable in the 1940s

#NMRN #NavigateTheNavy #OnThisDay #Hartlepool
National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool

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05/08/2021

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Built in Devonport Dockyard, battlecruiser HMS Lion was launched tomorrow on 6 August 1910, going on to participate in the Battles of Heligoland Bight, Dogger Bank and Jutland from 1914 – 1916. The cost of building HMS Lion was £2,083,999 in 1910; the equivalent of £251,035,046.21 today. Though a significant cost, she would be a cheap build today compared to our two Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carries, HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales, who between them were estimated to cost £6.212 billion in 2018.

#NMRN #NavigateTheNavy #HMSLion

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04/08/2021

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Last week on the 29 July 1987 Foudroyant (HMS Trincomalee) was towed into Hartlepool docks for restoration, after being transported on a barge with another of the NMRN’s vessels, HMS M.33 (HMS Minerva), to have work done before returning south.

#NMRN #NavigateTheNavy #Hartlepool

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02/08/2021

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The Gulf War began on 2 August 1990 with the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. Operation Granby was the British contribution to the liberation of Kuwait. As the Iraqis retreated ahead of coalition forces, they set fire to Kuwait’s oil wells. Here a Sea King of 846 Naval Air squadron and a Lynx of 829 NAS from HMS Brilliant fly across the desert with a blazing oil well providing a backdrop.

#NMRN #OnThisDay #NavigateTheNavy #FleetAirArmMuseum #GulfWar
Fleet Air Arm Museum

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30/07/2021

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Did you know the men on HMS #Invincible1744 were #superstitious and carved a witches mark (compass rose) under the lid of ammunition boxes to bring good luck when handling explosives?

See other exciting finds from the wreck at the exhibition now at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Find out more at: nmrn.org.uk/exhibitions-projects/hms-invincible

#NMRN
Thanks to: MAST, Bournemouth University Maritime Archaeology, National Lottery Heritage Fund

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27/07/2021

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The wreck of #HMSInvincible is subject to time and tides - 18th Century wine bottles end up next to old fizzy drink cans!

Visit the exhibition at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard to see what we found and is currently on display...
nmrn.org.uk/exhibitions-projects/hms-invincible

#NMRN #Invincible1744
Thanks to: MAST, National Lottery Heritage Fund and Bournemouth University Maritime Archaeology

Timeline Photos
26/07/2021

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#BehindTheScenes news to share from National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool today...

Our shipwrights continue work onboard RML 497 and we're pleased to report her bilges are fully dried out the and team is measuring up to install some additional supports.

The ship wrights are also measuring for a new main hatch cover for #HMSTrincomalee - it's a busy summer ahead for the team!

#NMRN

25/07/2021

Congratulations Mr & Mrs Bryant. It was a pleasure to host your special day yesterday. Best wishes for the future
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Photos from National Museum of the Royal Navy's post
23/07/2021

Photos from National Museum of the Royal Navy's post

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22/07/2021

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Tomorrow in 1847, HMS Trincomalee set off on her first commission to the North America and West Indies Station where she undertook anti-slavery patrols in the West Indies and protected fisheries off Newfoundland.

The Captain was Richard Laird Warren who was a harsh disciplinarian and punishment by flogging onboard was recorded 25 times: drunkenness was the main reason behind the punishments, suggesting that the crew was not particularly content.

📸: The ship’s watch bill for the first commission. The little handwritten book outlines the crew’s duties and this page names those who manned two of the ship’s boats, the cutter and the Captain’s galley.

#NMRN #NavigateTheNavy #OnThisDay #NationalMuseumOfTheRoyalNavyHartlepool #Hartlepool

World of Warships | Longest Night of Museums 2021
20/07/2021
World of Warships | Longest Night of Museums 2021

World of Warships | Longest Night of Museums 2021

Reaching a truly global audience and being part of a live 17-hour online showcase of naval museums, were just two of the benefits for the National Museum of ...

19/07/2021

In this week's blog we look at the Tondern Raid which took place #OnThisDay in 1918, here's a brief overview of what happened on the mission, the ships, aircraft and the men involved...

www.nmrn.org.uk/news-events/nmrn-blog/tondern-raid

#NMRN #FleetAirArmMuseum

16/07/2021
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14/07/2021

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What takes...
🎨 600 litres of primer
🎨 115 litres of black paint
🎨 50 litres of white paint
🎨 10 litres of green paint
🎨 10 litres of maroon paint
🍁 2500 gold leaves
📅📅📅📅📅 five weeks
AND
👩‍🎨👩‍🎨👩‍🎨👩‍🎨👩‍🎨👩‍🎨👩‍🎨 seven painters?

🥁 Drumroll please...

⚓ HMS Trincomalee's re-paint! ⚓

It has spruced up her exterior while making small alterations, creating a look even more accurate to when she first launched nearly 205 years ago. This work has also made the ship less vulnerable to the weather, making it crucial to her preservation.

Spare a thought for three of the painters that had to use rope access to hang over the edge to paint the sides of the ship! 👀

Want to know more...
https://www.nmrn.org.uk/news-events/nmrn-blog/europes-oldest-warship-afloat-gets-fresh-look

#NMRN #BehindTheScenes #Hartlepool
National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool

13/07/2021
#OnThisDay 1980 the day of the Sea Harrier dawned for the Royal Navy with the commissioning of HMS Invincible, the first...
11/07/2021

#OnThisDay 1980 the day of the Sea Harrier dawned for the Royal Navy with the commissioning of HMS Invincible, the first aircraft carrier to be fitted with a ski-jump for the take-off of STOVL fighters (Short take-off and vertical landing). The Sea Harrier became the Royal Navy’s fixed-wing fighter for the next 25 years.

#NMRN
Fleet Air Arm Museum

#OnThisDay 1980 the day of the Sea Harrier dawned for the Royal Navy with the commissioning of HMS Invincible, the first aircraft carrier to be fitted with a ski-jump for the take-off of STOVL fighters (Short take-off and vertical landing). The Sea Harrier became the Royal Navy’s fixed-wing fighter for the next 25 years.

#NMRN
Fleet Air Arm Museum

Timeline Photos
09/07/2021

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The first Royal Review of the Fleet that included aircraft took place #OnThisDay 1912. Commander C R Samson RN demonstrated a Short Type 41 floatplane, RNAS H1 and took off from a crowded Weymouth beach to fly over the fleet off Portland.

#NMRN #FleetAirArmMuseum

Address

Heritage Way, Priddy's Hard
Gosport
PO12 4LE

By Rail: Mainline route London to Portsmouth Harbour. Take the frequent ferry service across to Gosport (3mins). From the Ferry at Gosport, turn right and follow the Millennium Promenade to Explosion! at Priddy’s Hard (20mins walk) or taxi to Forton Lake Bridge (3mins). By Bus: (from Gosport Bus Station or connected routes) Service 29 or Service 30. Service running from the bus station to Royal Clarence Yard and Weevil Lane. Visitors are advised to utilise the Weevil Lane bus stop, leaving a short walk across the Millennium Bridge to Explosion. By Water: Arrive in style on board our NEW Waterbus Service linking Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower and Royal Navy Submarine Museum.

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Explosion! Museum of Naval Firepower

The story of naval warfare is told in dramatic style at Explosion!, an interactive museum housed in the Royal Navy’s former Ordnance Depot at Priddy’s Hard, centred around the powder magazine designed in 1771.

Priddy’s Hard was far enough from the main dockyard for the safe storage of up to 6,500 barrels of gunpowder. In the Napoleonic Wars, this was where all Royal Navy warships including HMS Victory came to load up their guns and ammunition, collecting them from small boats called ‘powder hoys’ which had in turn collected barrels of gunpowder carried in barrows down the Rolling Way to the harbour edge.

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Comments

Can I redeem a planet radio voucher for a family annual pass to the historic dockyard at the Explosion museum?
Do you still have paranormal nights at the museum?
Are there any fireworks this year?
Will you be doing a fireworks display this year?
I find it absolutely ridiculous i still haven't had a answer to my complaint from 31st of october last year!
Do you ever reply to messages or emails, feeling very unloved.
Hi, I sent you a private message on here over a month ago but haven't had a reply. There was an automated message saying that someone will get back to me soon? Thanks
Fireworks were way too close. I had a bit go in eye. Luckily it was washed out straight and now only a bit sore. It scared alot of the children and people had to move away. Was a health and safety assessment done before hand?
Think the fireworks were a bit too close ... we had to move as everyone was getting covered in bits ... was hard to see with bits flying into the eyes I literally had sparks hit me not good ! Felt extremely unsafe!!
Hi would like to buy some HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH souvenirs and postage to malta
Don't forget the wargames event this Saturday and Sunday at Explosions. Come along and watch or take part. 8th 9th July 2017