Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Situated within a working Naval Base, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is the only place in the world to see the Royal Navy past, present and future.
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Notice and take down policy: https://www.nmrn.org.uk/node/1968 Visit world famous ships HMS Victory, the Mary Rose and HMS Warrior 1860. Plus NEW for April 2014, HMS Alliance, the only remaining WW2 era British ocean going submarine. Also including the National Museum Royal Navy Portsmouth, Action Stations and Harbour Tours, there's plenty to see and do. Discover a great family day out at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Situated within a working Naval Base, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is the only place in the world to see the Royal Navy past, present and future - a must see for anyone visiting the south of England. See our website for ticket prices www.historicdockyard.co.uk/tickets-and-offers

Temporarily closed

14/07/2020
National Museum of the Royal Navy

National Museum of the Royal Navy

#WebcamWednesday is back live throughout the day bringing you some incredible views of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth Harbour and HM Naval Base Portsmouth. Don’t forget to tell us where you are watching from!

Remember you can watch 24/7 at https://bit.ly/2VQo1wk

#NavigateTheNavy #NMRN

14/07/2020
National Museum of the Royal Navy

National Museum of the Royal Navy

As you may have noticed HMS Warrior has been without the top of her Mizzen Mast for a few months. The previous mast and rigging which were 35 years old were removed for essential maintenance.

Last week we started the reassembly of Warrior’s Mizzen Mast and have been installing the fighting tops support beams. These support beams are called trestle tress (fore-aft) and cross tress (port-starboard) and they form the foundations for the rigging.

Take a look at our time lapse video which shows them being installed.

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National Museum of the Royal Navy
10/07/2020

National Museum of the Royal Navy

#OnThisDay: 10 July 1940 – The Battle of Britain Begins

After France fell to Germany, Britain knew that it was only a matter of time before Hitler would try to attack Britain.

Bombing raids against the UK began on 10th July and lasted 3 and a half months. The battle began when 120 German bombers and fighters from the Luftwaffe targeted a British shipping convoy in the channel. As well as this an additional 70 German aircraft attacked various dockyard installations in South Wales.

Although the Battle of Britain is regarded as an RAF operation, 57 Fleet Air Arm pilots also took part. Three of the Fleet Air Arm pilots, Sub Lieutenant Dickie Cork, Sub Lieutenant Jimmy Gardner and Midshipman P J Patterson flew Hurricanes in 242 Squadron.

Gardner shot down the squadron’s first enemy aircraft, a Heinkel HE 111, on 10 July 1940. He is credited with shooting down five German aircraft during the intense period of the Battle of Britain.

Meanwhile, Dickie Cork shot down three German aircraft during this time and went on to a total of 13 “victories”, making him the Royal Navy’s highest scoring “Ace”. Patterson was killed in action during a patrol on 20 August 1940.

#NMRN #NavigateTheNavy.

09/07/2020
National Museum of the Royal Navy

National Museum of the Royal Navy

HMS Westminster is returning to HMNB Portsmouth following exercise Dynamic Mongoose. This involved around a dozen warships and submarines and around 2,000 military personnel drawn from Canada, France, Germany, Norway, the UK and US. Read more about it here - https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/news-and-latest-activity/news/2020/june/29/20200629-rn-joins-nato-sub-hunting-in-iceland

Remember you can watch 24/7 at https://bit.ly/2VQo1wk

#NavigateTheNavy #NMRN

National Museum of the Royal Navy
09/07/2020

National Museum of the Royal Navy

HMS Invincible was one of the Navy’s most famous ships. Built in 1744 by the French, she was the perfect balance between size, speed and power with many future ships modelled on the same design.

However in 1758 disaster struck and Invincible ran aground on the Solent in the South of England, where she lay at the bottom undisturbed for over 260 years. However the National Museum of the Royal Navy are now bringing her story back to life. Find out more: https://bit.ly/3gAc6LU

07/07/2020
National Museum of the Royal Navy

National Museum of the Royal Navy

#WebcamWednesday is back live throughout the day bringing you some incredible views of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth Harbour and HM Naval Base Portsmouth. Don’t forget to tell us where you are watching from!

Join us for the following:-

8am - colours are raised onboard HMS Queen Elizabeth
9.05am - HMS Mersey departs
9.35am - HMS Exploit departs
10.05am - HMS Trent departs
1.55pm - HMS Cattistock returns

Remember you can watch 24/7 at https://bit.ly/2VQo1wk

#NavigateTheNavy #NMRN

National Museum of the Royal Navy
07/07/2020

National Museum of the Royal Navy

The RNR or Royal Naval Reserve was founded in 1859. It was originally a reserve of professional seamen from the merchant service and fishing fleets.

In addition to this the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (RNVR) was formed in 1903 and featured a reserve of civilian volunteers. In 1958, these two forces were joined together to form the Royal Naval Reserve we know today.

The RNVR had a wavy sleeve lace and became known as the ‘Wavy Navy’ during the Second World War. This distinctive lace can be seen below.

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06/07/2020
National Museum of the Royal Navy

National Museum of the Royal Navy

This morning, we are transporting you to the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovilton, where you can hear all about the efforts to recreate a Fairey Barracuda aircraft.

Take a look at the video below to find out more.

Have you visited the Fleet Air Arm Museum yet, or is it on your bucket list of things to do?

#NMRN #NavigateTheNavy #MuseumFromHome

05/07/2020
National Museum of the Royal Navy

National Museum of the Royal Navy

HMS Diamond is leaving HMNB Portsmouth as she continues to work up to her return to active service. She has had a period alongside in Portsmouth undergoing essential maintenance.

Remember you can watch 24/7 at https://bit.ly/2VQo1wk

#NavigateTheNavy #NMRN

01/07/2020
National Museum of the Royal Navy

National Museum of the Royal Navy

We are delighted to welcome back HMS Queen Elizabeth to her homeport today. She left on June 8th for further training with the F35B fighter jets in the North Sea and getting her FOST certification. She then moved onto Exercise Crimson Ocean with HMS Kent.

Remember you can watch 24/7 at https://bit.ly/2VQo1wk

#NavigateTheNavy #NMRN

National Museum of the Royal Navy
01/07/2020

National Museum of the Royal Navy

#OnThisDay: 1st July 1914 – The Birth of RNAS

The Royal Flying Corps was established in 1912 with its Military Wing, Naval Wing and Central Flying School. As war loomed on the horizon, the Admiralty took control of the Naval Wing and on 1st July 1914 the Royal Naval Air Service was born.

Naval Air Stations were established around the coast of the UK to defend coastal cities against attack from the sea.

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30/06/2020
National Museum of the Royal Navy

National Museum of the Royal Navy

#WebcamWednesday is back live throughout the day bringing you some incredible views of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth Harbour and HM Naval Base Portsmouth. Don’t forget to tell us where you are watching from!

Remember you can watch 24/7 at https://bit.ly/2VQo1wk

#NavigateTheNavy #NMRN

30/06/2020
National Museum of the Royal Navy

National Museum of the Royal Navy

This morning, we invite you to take a look around HMS Holland I all from the comfort of your own home.

#DidYouKnow that Holland I was the first submarine to be commissioned by the Royal Navy?.

#NMRN #NavigateTheNavy #MuseumFromHome

National Museum of the Royal Navy
29/06/2020

National Museum of the Royal Navy

Many ships throughout the Royal Navy have been revolutionary. One of these ships was HMS Dreadnought.

Dreadnought was commissioned into the Royal Navy in 1906. She represented such an advance in naval technology that her name came to be associated with an entire generation of battleships, the ‘dreadnoughts’. Admiral Sir John ‘Jacky’ Fisher, First Sea Lord of the Board of Admiralty, is credited as the father of Dreadnought.

Dreadnought was the first battleship of her era to have a uniform main battery, rather than having a few large guns complemented by a heavy secondary armament of smaller guns. She was also the first capital ship to be powered by steam turbines, making her the fastest battleship in the world at the time. Her launch sparked a naval arms race as navies around the world, particularly the German Imperial Navy, who rushed to match it in the build-up to the First World War.

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National Museum of the Royal Navy
27/06/2020
National Museum of the Royal Navy

National Museum of the Royal Navy

It’s officially Armed Forces Day, and to celebrate this special occasion we are proud to announce our plans to capture the Royal Navy’s role in the national response to the Coronavirus crisis.

Throughout the week, we have been detailing key stories of how the Royal Navy have helped communities in the past and during the present pandemic. We want to continue sharing their story and how they are helping modern day communities in both the UK and abroad, however we need your help to do this.

If you have stories to share about the Royal Navy and their modern day activities then we want to hear from you. We are looking for a variety of images and videos relating to the Royal Navy’s work during Covid-19. As well as oral history recordings and artwork.

To find out more visit: https://www.nmrn.org.uk/royal-navy-covid-19-collection

#NMRN #NavigateThenNavy #ArmedForcesDay

National Museum of the Royal Navy
26/06/2020

National Museum of the Royal Navy

The Royal Navy play a crucial role is helping communities rebuild after a devastating crisis or attack.

In 1932, Greece suffered a tragic earthquake at Ierissos which caused severe damage and killed almost 500 people. During this period the Royal Navy assisted in rescuing and helping any survivors, this included providing much needed supplies such as food and water.

The Royal Navy and its counterparts continue to do this today during the Covid-19 pandemic. Cadet Officer Ben Baily has set up a free delivery service for vulnerable members of his community. Turning up twice a week with a friendly face and supplies.

#NMRN #RNThenAndNow #ArmedForcesWeek #NavigateTheNavy

National Museum of the Royal Navy
25/06/2020

National Museum of the Royal Navy

Throughout history, medical personnel have played a key role in the Royal Navy, serving in both combat situations and humanitarian crises.

Captain Taylor (pictured below) recollects the very different requirements for her nurses in Saudi Arabia where they were dealing with a humanitarian emergency rather than a war situation. She recalls the need for staff to understand the different cultural requirements of Islam and that staff needed to be prepared to deal with thousands of people who would not necessarily be co-operative.

Today is no different, the nursing branch of the Royal Navy is called Queen Alexandra's Royal Naval Nursing Service (QARNNS). Their nurses work worldwide, both on shore or at the scene of a natural disaster. They help to provide essential primary and secondary care. During the Covid-19 pandemic they are helping fight the virus on the front lines in our hospitals.

#NMRN #RNThenAndNow #ArmedForcesWeek #NavigateTheNavy

National Museum of the Royal Navy
24/06/2020
National Museum of the Royal Navy

National Museum of the Royal Navy

While we are delighted that museums have been given the go ahead to reopen, unfortunately we will not be reopening on the 4th July - we are reviewing the guidelines and are now planning how we can reopen safely - read our full statement here: https://nmrn.org.uk/coronavirus-update

23/06/2020
National Museum of the Royal Navy

National Museum of the Royal Navy

#WebcamWednesday is back live throughout the day bringing you some incredible views of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth Harbour and HM Naval Base Portsmouth. Don’t forget to tell us where you are watching from!

Remember you can watch 24/7 at https://bit.ly/2VQo1wk

#NavigateTheNavy #NMRN

National Museum of the Royal Navy
22/06/2020

National Museum of the Royal Navy

#DidYouKnow that this week is #ArmedForcesWeek?

As we cannot mark this special occasion at our sites, we are going digital this year!

Each day this week we will be showcasing the contribution the Royal Navy has made throughout history and during the current crisis.

Keep checking back throughout the week to find out more!

#SaluteOurForces #NMRN #NavigateTheNavy

Image courtesy of UK MOD Crown Copyright 2020

18/06/2020
National Museum of the Royal Navy

National Museum of the Royal Navy

Have you ever wanted to step on board HMS Caroline in Belfast?

As part of our #MuseumFromHome series, you can now have a look around this First World War ship from the comfort of your own home.

#NMRN #NavigateTheNavy

16/06/2020
National Museum of the Royal Navy

National Museum of the Royal Navy

#WebcamWednesday is back live throughout the day bringing you some incredible views of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth Harbour and HM Naval Base Portsmouth. Don’t forget to tell us where you are watching from!

Remember you can watch 24/7 at https://bit.ly/2VQo1wk

#NavigateTheNavy #NMRN

12/06/2020
National Museum of the Royal Navy

National Museum of the Royal Navy

We are excited to welcome History Hit talking all things HMS Warrior 1860 today with our Deputy Executive Director Andrew Baines. You can watch their discussion live today at 4pm on the Timeline YouTube Channel (link below) 🥳

National Museum of the Royal Navy
11/06/2020

National Museum of the Royal Navy

#DidYouKnow that HMS Caroline could reach speeds of up to 30 knots, which is approximately 34mph?

This Light Cruiser was designed for speed, as she needed to be able to hunt and destroy enemy submarines and torpedo boats.

Caroline’s purpose was to scout ahead of the fleet, protect it from torpedo-carrying enemy ships and make her own torpedo attacks in return.

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National Museum of the Royal Navy
10/06/2020

National Museum of the Royal Navy

#OnThisDay: 10 June 1921: HRH The Duke of Edinburgh was born

Happy 99th birthday to the Duke of Edinburgh. To celebrate we thought that we would share an image of the Duke opening The National Museum of the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm Museum in Somerset on 28 May 1964, where he was patron until 1995.

10/06/2020
The Bands of HM Royal Marines

The Bands of HM Royal Marines

Happy 99th Birthday to His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, of course long time Captain General Royal Marines. Cheers Sir and thanks for your support throughout your tennure - The big one next year! Buckingham Palace Royal Navy Royal Marines HM Naval Base Portsmouth #opportunities #musicjobsuk

09/06/2020
National Museum of the Royal Navy

National Museum of the Royal Navy

#WebcamWednesday is back live throughout the day bringing you some incredible views of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth Harbour and HM Naval Base Portsmouth. Don’t forget to tell us where you are watching from!

Remember you can watch 24/7 at https://bit.ly/2VQo1wk

#NavigateTheNavy #NMRN

National Museum of the Royal Navy
09/06/2020

National Museum of the Royal Navy

Did you know that today is #InternationalArchivesDay?

Take a look at the images below which show our impressive archive store at Cobham.

Make sure to head over to our Twitter page, where we are having an #asktheNMRNarchives day. Make sure to submit any burning questions you may have for our curators to answer later on this month.

#NMRN #NavigateTheNavy

08/06/2020
National Museum of the Royal Navy

National Museum of the Royal Navy

Have you ever visited HMS Trincomalee at The National Museum of the Royal Navy, Hartlepool?

As part of our #MuseumFromHome series, we invite you to take a look around Jackson Dock from the comfort of your own home.

#NMRN #NavigateTheNavy

National Museum of the Royal Navy
06/06/2020

National Museum of the Royal Navy

#OnThisDay: 6 June 1944 – The first day of the Normandy Landings

On 6 June 1944, the allies launched Operation Overlord, also known as D-Day. This was the allied liberation of Nazi occupied Europe during the Second World War. To this day, it remains the largest amphibious assault landing in history.

The Royal Navy played a vital role in the operation, leading the naval assault phase known as Operation Neptune. This involved the difficult task of landing thousands of British, American and Canadian troops on a defended 50 mile stretch of coastline in Northern France.

The operation was successful and by the end of day, 156,000 troops had landed on Normandy’s beaches. The majority of them arrived by sea using nearly 7,000 ships, the vast majority of which were British-manned.

Neptune continued until early July 1944. By 11 June 1944, the allies had delivered 326,547 troops, 54,186 vehicles and 100,000 tons of supplies to the beaches of Normandy.

These landings marked a key turning point in the Second World War and the beginning of the end for the Nazi regime.

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05/06/2020
National Museum of the Royal Navy

National Museum of the Royal Navy

HMS Queen Elizabeth is all set to depart her homeport of Portsmouth once again. Having arrived on Thursday she has taken on stores and personnel from 617 Sqn ready for her upcoming operational training period with the F35B Lightning aircraft which will join her next week.

Remember you can watch our live webcam stream 24/7 at https://bit.ly/2VQo1wk

#NavigateTheNavy #NMRN

National Museum of the Royal Navy
04/06/2020

National Museum of the Royal Navy

#OnThisDay 4 June 1940 – Final day of the Dunkirk Evacuations

It has been 80 years since the final day of the Dunkirk Evacuation, this mission involved the rescue of more than 338,000 British and French Troops from the beaches of Dunkirk.

The operation was led by Admiral Bertram Ramsey under the code name of Operation Dynamo, so called because it was organised in a Dynamo Room beneath Dover Castle.

The evacuation was deemed a success and was a great boost to public morale at the time.

#NavigateTheNavy #NMRN #dunkirk80

03/06/2020
National Museum of the Royal Navy

National Museum of the Royal Navy

HMS Queen Elizabeth is returning to @HMNBPortsmouth after 5 weeks away. She has been just off the south coast undertaking Basic Operational Sea Training and returns to Portsmouth for a short stay. She will be taking on supplies and personnel from 617 Squadron before returning to sea for more test flights with the F35.

Remember you can watch our live webcam stream 24/7 at https://bit.ly/2VQo1wk

#NavigateTheNavy #NMRN

02/06/2020
National Museum of the Royal Navy

National Museum of the Royal Navy

#WebcamWednesday is back live throughout the day bringing you some incredible views of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth Harbour and HM Naval Base Portsmouth. Don’t forget to tell us where you are watching from!

We have a lot of movements happening around Portsmouth Harbour including:-

HMS Biter, Puncher and Blazer heading out of the Naval Base at around 9.05am. Joining them at 9.35am is HMS Smiter with HMS Westminster leaving South Railway Jetty at 10am. HMS Magpie also departs at 10.35am.

Then look out for HMS Smiter returning at 13.35 with HMS Biter, Puncher and Blazer returning at around 14.45.

Remember you can watch 24/7 at https://bit.ly/2VQo1wk

#NavigateTheNavy #NMRN

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With 4 ships, 3 submarines, 3 museums and much more, leave nothing discovered as you are taken on an 800-year journey through Britain’s epic story of the Royal Navy, its rich maritime heritage and Tudor History too. With the Ultimate Explorer Ticket, pay once and your ticket is valid for 12 months!

The Ultimate Explorer ticket gives you access to many exciting attractions at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, and now includes the Mary Rose alongside HMS Victory and HMS Warrior.

In addition, this includes the Harbour Tours (currently running at a reduced capacity) and entry to our off-site attractions. In Gosport, there’s the Royal Navy Submarine Museum and HMS Alliance and also Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower. Also including the National Museum Royal Navy Portsmouth, Action Stations and Harbour Tours, there's plenty to see and do. Discover a great family day out at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Situated within a working Naval Base, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is the only place in the world to see the Royal Navy past, present and future - a must see for anyone visiting the south of England.

Remember, entry into Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is pre-book only, and you need to purchase your tickets in advance. See our website for ticket and offers: www.historicdockyard.co.uk/tickets-and-offers

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I had a full ticket from June last year till June this year what is happening with not being able to use the ticket as you have been closed for the past 3 months do I have to buy a new one could you please let me know thank you
any idea when you will be re-opening?
Jill Carlier, if you like ships, have a look at this site, all about the Royal Navy and the ships of England going back to the times of King Henry VIII. I have always been particularly interested in the raising of the Mary Rose that was raised from the seabed in the 1980's and is currently being preserved
Are the annual season tickets being extended by the time closed?
A festive HMS Warrior 1860 taking centre stage in the night Portsmouth skyline. www.shaunroster.com/Aerial/Portsmouth-Historic-Dockyard/
I found this historic admission ticket today in my photo / holiday album. How times have changed!!! Passport ticket: Historic Dockyard dated september 1997. Great memories!!!
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If only we lived closer. We'd be there all the time. Love Portsmouth harbour.
Today my son had his 7th Birthday Party. At laser quest in action stations. He had a fantastic time and the staff were brilliant. We will definitely be back. Thank you for a stress free party!
To the immortal memory of Admiral Lord Nelson and those who died with him.
My family and I visited the dockyards recently, but it would seem that access to England's history belongs to those who can afford it. I think it's a disgrace the prices that people are being asked to pay to visit what should be open to everyone. It's possible to view the Victory from the outside, very impressive I have to admit and I'm happy to have seen it, but didn't go aboard as ridiculously expensive for our family. Didn't get into see the Marie Rose either or any of the museums, again the price for a family is very off putting. I can understand that the upkeep of this historical place is expensive, but everyone is entitled to be able to visit it, not just those who can afford it. Would I recommend a visit here? Not for the prices that are being asked. Shame !
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