National Museum of the Royal Navy

National Museum of the Royal Navy Our ambition is simple: to be the world's most respected Naval museum, underpinned by a spirit of enterprise and adventure. Notice and take down policy: https://www.nmrn.org.uk/node/1968
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The National Museum of the Royal Navy was created in early 2009 to act as a single non-departmental public body for the museums of the Royal Navy. With venues across the United Kingdom, the museums detail the history of the Royal Navy operating on and under the sea, on land and in the air. We currently have HMS Warrior, HMS Victory, HMS M33 and other attractions at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, aircraft at the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovilton, HMS Caroline in Belfast and HMS Trincomalee in Hartlepool. If you would like to become a member of the National Museum of the Royal Navy and start you maritime adventure please go to https://www.nmrn.org.uk/membership

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✨Happy New Year! ✨On the 1 January 1914, all army airships were transferred from the Military wing of the Royal Flying C...
01/01/2021

✨Happy New Year! ✨

On the 1 January 1914, all army airships were transferred from the Military wing of the Royal Flying Corps to the Naval Wing of the Royal Flying Corps.

Four months later, the Naval Wing of the RFC became the Royal Naval Air Service and three months after that we were at war with Germany.

The Germans had developed airships and their Zeppelin rigid airships made regular bombing raids over Britain from January 1915 to 1918, damaging our infrastructure, wrecking our houses and killing many civilians. It was the first Blitz on Britain.

Meanwhile, the Royal Naval Air Service were ordering, building and operating many different types and sizes of airship.

The RNAS operated more airships than the Germans during the First World War and more airships than any other organisation before or after. At the outbreak of the war, it had six. At the height of the war, it had 103.

The Royal Navy was the most successful airship service.
The advantages of an airship over an aeroplane were the distance it could fly, the length of time it could remain airborne and the height it could attain. Airships were used for convoy escort as ships crossing the Atlantic neared Britain.

They were used for anti-submarine patrols and for general reconnaissance. They were deployed around Britain and in the Aegean in the Dardanelles campaign.

The first naval airship was built in 1911, HMA No 1 (His Majesty’s Airship). It was a large rigid airship. Sadly, it was wrecked during trials at Barrow-in-Furness.

After the failure of HMA 1, most of the Royal Navy’s airships were non-rigid or semi-rigid, North Sea airships, Submarine Scout airships and Coastal airships.

As the war progressed we began to construct larger rigid airships, with the prefix R, as in R.29.

The photographs show the different types operated by the RNAS.

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30/12/2020
30th December #WebcamWednesday

#WebcamWednesday is back live throughout the day bringing you some incredible views of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth Harbour and HM Naval Base Portsmouth.

At 9am the Ensign will be raised onboard HMS Prince of Wales, then watch at just before 4pm when it will be lowered at sunset.

Don’t forget to tell us where you are watching from!

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

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#OnThisDay 29 December 1860 HMS Warrior was launched.Built in 1860 at the Thames Ironworks, HMS Warrior was Britain's fi...
29/12/2020

#OnThisDay 29 December 1860 HMS Warrior was launched.

Built in 1860 at the Thames Ironworks, HMS Warrior was Britain's first ironclad warship and the pride of Queen Victoria's fleet.

She was launched 29 December 1860 and commissioned 1 August 1861.

She could be propelled by either sail or steam and served until 1883.

The ship survived after her sea service days were over, due to her conversion to a floating depot ship for HMS Vernon Torpedo School, and later a fuel hulk.

She returned to Portsmouth in 1987 after undergoing restoration at Hartlepool. Visitors to the ship can see how faithfully she has been restored, following painstaking research by curators.

This woolwork picture shows HMS Warrior as she looked in 1878. The work is by Arthur Lacy Williams, whose initials have been burnt in poker work into the wooden mount.

The woolwork was on loan from 1988 to the Warrior Trust, now part of the National Museum of the Royal Navy.

With the sad death of the owner, the picture has been bequeathed to the National Museum of the Royal Navy.

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Today Amazing War Stories has an exciting podcast release about the Royal Marines and Operation Archery helping to suppo...
26/12/2020
Amazing War Stories

Today Amazing War Stories has an exciting podcast release about the Royal Marines and Operation Archery helping to support fundraising for our #5MillionMission for the new Royal Marines Museum

Find out how you can listen at
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25/12/2020
HMS Prince of Wales Christmas Day Colours

Today, as we celebrate Christmas, the Royal Navy continues its own tradition of Colours, the hoisting of the White Ensign. So join us in raising a glass to all the serving men and women of our Armed Forces, stationed around the world, who continue to serve us 365 days a year. Merry Christmas!

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

#NavigateTheNavy #NMRN #HereForCulture

🎅📅DECEMBER 25📅🎅Your Naval Air Squadron has been posted to Sri Lanka. Your runway is marshland or a jungle clearing.  How...
25/12/2020

🎅📅DECEMBER 25📅🎅

Your Naval Air Squadron has been posted to Sri Lanka. Your runway is marshland or a jungle clearing. How can an airfield tractor operate? How do you move aircraft around on the ground? Forget the tractor, it’s time for some local help!

This elephant, named Fifi, worked at RNAS Puttalam as an aircraft tug. And, being a versatile elephant, she doubled as a Christmas card for the service in 1944!

We hope you’ve enjoyed this year’s advent calendar and seeing parts of our collection not on display. And, of course, we wish you a very…

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

#NMRN #Christmas #AdventCalendar
Fleet Air Arm Museum

24/12/2020
A Christmas Poem | National Museum of the Royal Navy

A little thank you from us to you this Christmas

Thank you for your continued support throughout this unusual and challenging year. We have loved seeing you enjoy all of our museums and we can't wait until we can open our doors once again and welcome you all once again. .

Look after each other and stay safe - wishing you all a safe and relaxing Christmas and New Year.

🎅📅DECEMBER 24📅🎅As we know, Santa Claus must get around the world in super-quick time to deliver presents to all the girl...
24/12/2020

🎅📅DECEMBER 24📅🎅

As we know, Santa Claus must get around the world in super-quick time to deliver presents to all the girls and boys. When the Fleet Air Arm Jungle squadrons were based in Borneo in 1963, a helicopter had to help out because the terrain was unsuitable for reindeer.

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Fleet Air Arm Museum

23/12/2020
30th December #WebcamWednesday

#WebcamWednesday is back live throughout the day bringing you some incredible views of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth Harbour and HM Naval Base Portsmouth.

At 9am the Ensign will be raised onboard HMS Prince of Wales, then watch at just before 4pm when it will be lowered at sunset.

Don’t forget to tell us where you are watching from!

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

#NavigateTheNavy #NMRN #HereForCulture

23/12/2020
23rd December #WebcamWednesday

#WebcamWednesday is back live throughout the day bringing you some incredible views of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth Harbour and HM Naval Base Portsmouth.

At 9am the Ensign will be raised onboard HMS Prince of Wales, then watch at just after 4pm when it will be lowered at sunset.

Don’t forget to tell us where you are watching from!

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

#NavigateTheNavy #NMRN #HereForCulture

🎅📅DECEMBER 23📅🎅Sometimes Santa needs a bit of extra help delivering presents secretly! Luckily submarine HMS Trenchant g...
23/12/2020

🎅📅DECEMBER 23📅🎅

Sometimes Santa needs a bit of extra help delivering presents secretly! Luckily submarine HMS Trenchant goes to the North Pole to help him and the elves out.

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Royal Navy Submarine Museum

HMS Warrior's Webcam will be offline this evening for some scheduled updates. It will be back online tomorrow in time fo...
22/12/2020

HMS Warrior's Webcam will be offline this evening for some scheduled updates.

It will be back online tomorrow in time for Webcam Wednesday - we hope you'll be tuning in!

https://www.nmrn.org.uk/warrior-webcam

🎅📅DECEMBER 22📅🎅Spotted! Santa Claus travels right round the world and even drops in on aircraft carriers on his annual j...
22/12/2020

🎅📅DECEMBER 22📅🎅

Spotted! Santa Claus travels right round the world and even drops in on aircraft carriers on his annual journey to deliver presents. We managed to photo him once arriving at HMS Ark Royal in 1962 – an exclusive even the papers didn’t manage to get!

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🎅📅DECEMBER 21📅🎅How many Christmas cakes do you need to supply the crew of an aircraft carrier?  These two cooks show off...
21/12/2020

🎅📅DECEMBER 21📅🎅

How many Christmas cakes do you need to supply the crew of an aircraft carrier? These two cooks show off their baking in HMS Indomitable at Trincomalee at Christmas 1944. It was hot work!

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🎅📅DECEMBER 20📅🎅Don’t they know there’s a war on?  Royal Naval Air Service personnel take time out for a snowball fight a...
20/12/2020

🎅📅DECEMBER 20📅🎅

Don’t they know there’s a war on? Royal Naval Air Service personnel take time out for a snowball fight at RNAS Dunkirk during the First World War.

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Fleet Air Arm Museum

🎅📅DECEMBER 19📅🎅The North Pole is the place to look for Father Christmas.  The submarine HMS Sovereign found him there pr...
19/12/2020

🎅📅DECEMBER 19📅🎅

The North Pole is the place to look for Father Christmas. The submarine HMS Sovereign found him there preparing for Christmas Eve!

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Royal Navy Submarine Museum

18/12/2020
23rd December #WebcamWednesday

#WebcamWednesday is back live throughout the day bringing you some incredible views of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth Harbour and HM Naval Base Portsmouth.

At 9am the Ensign will be raised onboard HMS Prince of Wales, then watch at just after 4pm when it will be lowered at sunset.

Don’t forget to tell us where you are watching from!

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

#NavigateTheNavy #NMRN #HereForCulture

🎅📅DECEMBER 18📅🎅Is it a bird? Is it a reindeer? No. It’s a Hawker Sea Fury on the deck of a Royal Navy aircraft carrier d...
18/12/2020

🎅📅DECEMBER 18📅🎅

Is it a bird? Is it a reindeer? No. It’s a Hawker Sea Fury on the deck of a Royal Navy aircraft carrier during the Korean War. The winters were bitter.

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Fleet Air Arm Museum

In light of Portsmouth and Gosport moving into Tier 3 from Saturday 19 December, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, and all a...
18/12/2020

In light of Portsmouth and Gosport moving into Tier 3 from Saturday 19 December, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, and all attractions, will temporarily close its doors until the New Year.

National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool and HMS Caroline will continue to remain closed until further notice.

Fleet Air Arm Museum remains in Tier 2 and is open to visitors with social distance measures in place.

For those of you who have already bought your ticket and booked your timeslots – there is no need to contact us as this will all be sorted for you, and you will be able to rebook your slot using your Returner ID once we re-open.

While we are closed, you will still be able to purchase a ticket without booking a day/time to visit, ready for when we open our doors again. Tickets available at www.nmrn.org.uk/book-your-visit

Check out our social media and visit our blog and website, bringing the Dockyard to life while we are closed, as well the place to see re-opening updates.

To keep up to date about our latest news, sign up to our email newsletter: https://bit.ly/2KDZZTe

Please stay safe and we hope to see you again soon.

18/12/2020
HMS Prince of Wales Christmas Day Colours

Today, as we celebrate Christmas, the Royal Navy continues its own tradition of Colours, the hoisting of the White Ensign. So join us in raising a glass to all the serving men and women of our Armed Forces, stationed around the world, who continue to serve us 365 days a year. Merry Christmas!

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

#NavigateTheNavy #NMRN #HereForCulture

HMS Victory Rum, made by Isle of Wight Distillery has won The Craft Distilling Expo London and Thefloatingrumshack.com's...
17/12/2020

HMS Victory Rum, made by Isle of Wight Distillery has won The Craft Distilling Expo London and Thefloatingrumshack.com's Blended Rum of the Year!

This unique rum is sold in our shops and online at...

https://shop.nmrn.org.uk/hms-victory-rum-mini.html

Christmas has come early thanks to The Craft Distilling Expo London who, in partnership with Thefloatingrumshack.com have kindly awarded us with Blended Rum of the Year!

HMS Victory Rum is a blend of aged rum from Guyana, Trinidad and Jamaica, with oak stave from the famous flagship adding complexity and depth of character. Made in association with The National Museum of the Royal Navy the home of HMS Victory, we donate a percentage of our profits back to the ongoing preservation of the Victory herself.

Thanks to The Craft Distilling Expo for the award and recognition. Thirsty for a rum tot? Head here: https://buff.ly/2IzVAAn

🎅📅DECEMBER 17📅🎅A merry Christmas meal in the Dardanelles, shared between officers and men of the Royal Naval Air Service...
17/12/2020

🎅📅DECEMBER 17📅🎅

A merry Christmas meal in the Dardanelles, shared between officers and men of the Royal Naval Air Service with some of the local workforce, though some hat-swapping makes it hard to work out who’s who. Note the mix of navy and khaki uniforms worn by members of the Royal Navy.

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Fleet Air Arm Museum

#OnThisDay 16 December 1957 HMS Thorough returned to HMS Dolphin, Gosport, after the first circumnavigation by a submari...
16/12/2020

#OnThisDay 16 December 1957 HMS Thorough returned to HMS Dolphin, Gosport, after the first circumnavigation by a submarine. HMS Thorough had survived the war and continued in service with the Royal Navy until being scrapped at Dunston on Tyne on the 29th June 1962.

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LCT 7074, the last surviving D-Day Landing Craft Tank, joined our collection thanks to funding from the National Heritag...
16/12/2020

LCT 7074, the last surviving D-Day Landing Craft Tank, joined our collection thanks to funding from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and it is currently celebrating 40 years of helping to save outstanding items of national significance at risk of loss.

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National Lottery Heritage Fund

Find out more about the journey LCT 7074 has had from Liverpool via restoration work at The National Museum of the Royal...
16/12/2020

Find out more about the journey LCT 7074 has had from Liverpool via restoration work at The National Museum of the Royal Navy to it's forever home at The D-Day Story in Southsea, Portsmouth...

LCT 7074 had a long and eventful journey to its new home at The D-Day Story. Watch this film to discover its history, including its time as a nightclub and incredible salvage and restoration by National Museum of the Royal Navy https://bit.ly/LCTJourney

With thanks to Tyne and Wear Archives Service, Hebburn & Jarrow Local History Society, Norfolk Museums, Felixstowe Museum, SeaCity Museum and Liverpool Museum. #LCTJourney #LCT7074 #Opening

Made possible with funding from National Lottery Heritage Fund

16/12/2020
16th December #WebcamWednesday

#WebcamWednesday is back live throughout the day bringing you some incredible views of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth Harbour and HM Naval Base Portsmouth.

At 9am the Ensign will be raised onboard HMS Prince of Wales, then watch at just before 4pm when it will be lowered at sunset.

Don’t forget to tell us where you are watching from!

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

#NavigateTheNavy #NMRN #HereForCulture

🎅📅DECEMBER 16📅🎅The aircraft carrier HMS Empress may have been engaged in the Second World War and went on to the Pacific...
16/12/2020

🎅📅DECEMBER 16📅🎅

The aircraft carrier HMS Empress may have been engaged in the Second World War and went on to the Pacific to fight the Japanese, but in Vancouver at Christmas 1943, there was still time to squeeze in a party for local children.

#NMRN #Christmas #AdventCalendar

15/12/2020
16th December #WebcamWednesday

#WebcamWednesday is back live throughout the day bringing you some incredible views of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth Harbour and HM Naval Base Portsmouth.

At 9am the Ensign will be raised onboard HMS Prince of Wales, then watch at just before 4pm when it will be lowered at sunset.

Don’t forget to tell us where you are watching from!

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

#NavigateTheNavy #NMRN #HereForCulture

🎅📅DECEMBER 15📅🎅The Royal Marines Artillery Barracks at Eastney served the corps for many years, from 1876 to 1995. In 19...
15/12/2020

🎅📅DECEMBER 15📅🎅

The Royal Marines Artillery Barracks at Eastney served the corps for many years, from 1876 to 1995. In 1923 the Royal Marine Artillery merged with the Royal Marine Light Infantry and Eastney became the headquarters for the Portsmouth Division of the Royal Marines.

This 1912 photograph shows an Eastney barrack room decorated for Christmas. The Royal Marines still serve Per Mare, Per Terram, by sea and by land. Happy Christmas to all of today’s Royal Marines.

#NMRN #Christmas #AdventCalendar
Royal Marines Museum

The D-Day Story
14/12/2020

The D-Day Story

🎅📅DECEMBER 14📅🎅A winter scene at the Royal Naval Air Station at Luxeuil-les-Bains during the First World War. We know ab...
14/12/2020

🎅📅DECEMBER 14📅🎅

A winter scene at the Royal Naval Air Station at Luxeuil-les-Bains during the First World War. We know about mud on the Western Front, but snow doesn’t feature as much in the collective memory. Here, pilots and ground crew consider the possibility of clearing sufficient snow for safe take-off and landings at Luxeuil, in the east of France, not far from the borders with Germany and Switzerland.

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Fleet Air Arm Museum

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On 28th June 1911, The Dockyard Museum opened in Portsmouth, growing and evolving into the Royal Naval Museum, which then became a part of the newly formed National Museum of the Royal Navy in September 2009.

Since that day, The National Museum has expanded to encompass The Royal Navy Submarine Museum and Explosion! Museum of Naval Firepower in Gosport, Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovilton, HMS Caroline in Belfast, and HMS Trincomalee in Hartlepool.

The National Museum of the Royal Navy has a simple vision; to be the world’s most respected naval museum, underpinned by a spirit of enthusiasm and adventure. Experience all of the museums and ships in our family with one unique annual pass. Whether you are looking to explore solo, with a partner, or with your family, members will enjoy 12 months access to all of our attractions across the UK. We currently have HMS Warrior, HMS Victory, HMS M.33 and other attractions at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, aircraft at the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovilton, HMS Caroline in Belfast and HMS Trincomalee in Hartlepool. Plus receive discounts in our shops and cafes, exclusive invitations to tours and previews and access to our exclusive online members area.

If you would like to come onboard and join as member of the National Museum of the Royal Navy family, please go to https://www.nmrn.org.uk/membership

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