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

Today marks the start of National Share A Story Month. Every week, we want to share an inspirational story from our arch...
01/05/2020

Today marks the start of National Share A Story Month. Every week, we want to share an inspirational story from our archives, and ask you to share your stories with us.

Our first story is about the life of Lieutenant Albert Edward Pryke (‘Ted’) Briggs (1923-2010). It is a tale of courage. At only 18 years of age, Ted was one of only three crewmen, out of a total of 1,418, who survived the sinking of HMS Hood after a fatal shell hit from the German battleship Bismark. Briggs attempted to swim away from the vessel but was pulled under by her, as she started toward the ocean bottom.

He remembers struggling, giving up hope, and then miraculously being propelled to the surface. After spending three hours in the water, near dead from hypothermia, he was rescued by HMS Electra. His courage saw him through the D-Day Landings and the Suez Crisis in 1956. His story, medals and personal items are on display in the HMS – Hear My Story exhibition at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Now we want to hear from you: tell us your story of a time you when you were brave and used all your courage to overcome a situation where you were you struggling and close to giving up hope.

#NMRN #NavigateTheNavy

30/04/2020

Our final stop today for #MuseumFromHome is heading to our site National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool and taking you on a walk through of HMS Trincomalee during our daily security checks.

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Another one of our amazing museums is HMS Caroline - and this is the Jutland Experience, recreating the Battle of Jutlan...
30/04/2020

Another one of our amazing museums is HMS Caroline - and this is the Jutland Experience, recreating the Battle of Jutland and showcasing HMS Caroline's involvement.

It is projected across the 88ft hull in the Drill Hall, which was added to the ship in 1924 by legendary Belfast shipbuilders Harland and Wolff, who also built the Titanic, Olympic and Britannic.

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#NavigateTheNavy

30/04/2020

The National Museum of the Royal Navy take on many diverse projects in order to preserve our history for generations to come, and the Fairey Barracuda Restoration project is no exception.

As part of bringing you our #MuseumFromHome, we take a look into this ambitious and exciting project from our curator at Fleet Air Arm Museum

#NMRN #NavigateTheNavy

30/04/2020

Ever wondered what it looked like in a submarine?

As part of the #MuseumFromHome series, we bring you a behind the scenes look at HMS Alliance at our Royal Navy Submarine Museum site from one of our regular security checks we do.

#NMRN #NavigateTheNavy

Congratulations on your promotion to Colonel and Happy Birthday 🥳👏#CaptainTomMoore
30/04/2020

Congratulations on your promotion to Colonel and Happy Birthday 🥳👏

#CaptainTomMoore

In recognition of his incredible fundraising achievements for #NHS charities, Second World War veteran Captain Tom Moore has been promoted and appointed as the first Honorary Colonel of the Army Foundation College, Harrogate.

On behalf of everyone in Defence, happy birthday Colonel Tom!

#CaptainTomMoore

30/04/2020
HMS Warrior Gun Deck Walk Through | #MuseumFromHome

Today celebrates #MuseumFromHome - a whole day dedicated to UK museums across social media, TV and radio. And so we wanted to take you through on a tour of the incredible HMS Warrior's Gun Deck from where she is located at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. We hope you enjoy!

#NMRN #NavigateTheNavy

29/04/2020
HMS Queen Elizabeth departs HMNB Portsmouth

We are pleased to be able to bring you a late addition to #WebcamWednesday. At short notice HMS Queen Elizabeth is departing HMNB Portsmouth to continue her next phase of operational sea training.

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

#NavigateTheNavy #NMRN

29/04/2020
Royal Marines

Royal Marines

Royal Marines from 42 Commando have been drafted in the South-West to assist the running of two Mobile Testing Units as part of the nationwide response to COVID-19. Video credit: British Army
#Coronavirus #CovidSupportForce #InThisTogether

🔗 Read more: https://bit.ly/RM_COVIDPlymouth

29/04/2020
29/04/2020 #WebcamWednesday

#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!

Look out for all this and more:-

8am – the Morning Colours are raised on-board HMS Prince of Wales
9.35am - HMS Explorer and HMS Puncher depart the Naval Base
3.05pm - HMS Explorer and HMS Puncher return to the Naval Base

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

#NavigateTheNavy #NMRN

National Museum of the Royal Navy's cover photo
28/04/2020

National Museum of the Royal Navy's cover photo

National Museum of the Royal Navy's cover photo
28/04/2020

National Museum of the Royal Navy's cover photo

Stand with your Services for #VEDay75. We're joining forces with The Royal Air Force Museum, London and National Army Mu...
28/04/2020

Stand with your Services for #VEDay75. We're joining forces with The Royal Air Force Museum, London and National Army Museum to host a free virtual festival 7 - 9 May bringing VE Day celebrations & WW2 to life, for the nation at home. Full programme to be announced next week!

#StandWithYourServices

https://www.nmrn.org.uk/virtual-ve-day-75-festival

National Museum of the Royal Navy's cover photo
28/04/2020

National Museum of the Royal Navy's cover photo

While the sites of The National Museum of the Royal Navy across the country are currently closed to the public, the team...
28/04/2020
The National Museum of the Royal Navy supports local initiatives during the Covi 19 Crisis

While the sites of The National Museum of the Royal Navy across the country are currently closed to the public, the teams at each National Museum site have been engaging with their local communities to see how they can contribute to the efforts to slow down the spread of the virus and protect the NHS.

As a result, we have made numerous donations to local charities across the country close to each of the sites. Read more about our donations here:

https://www.nmrn.org.uk/news-events/nmrn-blog/national-museum-royal-navy-supports-local-initiatives-during-covi-19-crisis

The National Museum of the Royal Navy, takes seriously its responsibility to support the local communities that are home to its four museum locations. The current situation has affected every one across the UK. In extraordinary times like these the British have always gallantly come together taking....

National Museum of the Royal Navy's cover photo
27/04/2020

National Museum of the Royal Navy's cover photo

On This Day In HistorySaturday, 25th April marks the anniversary of the start of the land phase of the Gallipoli Campaig...
25/04/2020

On This Day In History

Saturday, 25th April marks the anniversary of the start of the land phase of the Gallipoli Campaign in 1915 during the First World War, with the landings at Anzac Cove and Cape Helles on the Gallipoli Peninsula.

HMS M.33 is the sole remaining British veteran of that year’s bloody Gallipoli Campaign, and also of the Russian Civil War which followed. Only three British warships from the First World War still exist and two of these are part of our collection:
HMS Caroline and HMS M.33, restored into dazzle camouflage by our conservation team at our site
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

We partnered with Hampshire County Council to develop the £2.4m project to conserve and interpret M.33 to the public in time for her centenary in 2015. With a grant of £1.8m from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the ship was finally open to all for the first time. When you visit HMS M.33 she brings alive the stories of the men who served on board, and the history of the Gallipoli Campaign.

#NMRN #NavigateTheNavy #OnThisDayInHistory

24/04/2020

It's Fun Fact Friday!

Did you know that even though we are closed, some of the essential maintenance we have to do behind the scenes is check the tyre pressure for each of the planes in our collection?!

Our curator at our sister site Fleet Air Arm Museum takes us behind the scenes to tell us more...

#NMRN #NavigateTheNavy #MuseumFromHome #FunFactFriday

23/04/2020
HM Naval Base Portsmouth

We'll be clapping and watching from home, but let us know if you hear the noise from the harbour if you are near Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

👏 #clapforourcarers #inthistogether

Tonight at 8pm we’re hosting a BBC live broadcast from the base as part of the national #clapforourcarers coverage. Whether you see us on the tele or can hear the noise from the harbour, we hope you enjoying seeing what supporting our carers means to us.

Royal Navy
23/04/2020

Royal Navy

Sailors and dockyard workers in Plymouth are working around the clock to produce components for face shields using 3D printing technology. #InThisTogether

📎Read more: http://ow.ly/GZpQ50zlmZD

Many fans and enthusiasts of William Shakespeare, who was one of England's greatest poets and dramatists, celebrate Nati...
23/04/2020

Many fans and enthusiasts of William Shakespeare, who was one of England's greatest poets and dramatists, celebrate National Shakespeare Day today, April 23rd.

In a wonderful tenuous link, we took that as the opportunity to show off a picture of the 1942 submarine HMS Shakespeare's bell 🔔😊

#NMRN #NavigateTheNavy #NationalShakespeareDay

On this day in history1918 - the Royal Navy launched a plan to place several ships in the canal entrance of the Belgian ...
23/04/2020

On this day in history

1918 - the Royal Navy launched a plan to place several ships in the canal entrance of the Belgian port of Bruges-Zeebrugge to block German U-boats from using the port. HMS Vindictive, along with the requisitioned ferryboats Iris and Daffodil, carried parties of Royal Marines and seamen to quell the German defences located on the mole that protected the harbour, whilst other naval personnel sank three blockships in the shipping channel.

Unfortunately, a change in the wind direction blew the smokescreen out to sea, and revealed the Royal Navy positions which came under intense attack. HMS Vindictive was forced to land in the wrong position.

As a result, the landing parties suffered heavy casualties as they attacked against the mole, and after several gallant attempts, failed to neutralise the gun batteries – causing the canal to remain blocked for a few days.

Despite this, the boldness of the operation won favour with British authorities and the public.

#NMRN #NavigateTheNavy #OnThisDayInHistory

22/04/2020
Live From Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

This week we are bringing you a #WebcamWednesday with a difference. We will be 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!

Look out for all this and more:-

8am – the Morning Colours are raised on-board HMS Prince of Wales
8.40am – HMS Chiddingfold enters Portsmouth Harbour
12.40pm – HMS Dauntless enters Portsmouth Harbour

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

#NavigateTheNavy #NMRN

Happy Birthday Her Majesty The QueenHere we show a snapshot of a couple of our favourite images from our collection we h...
21/04/2020

Happy Birthday Her Majesty The Queen

Here we show a snapshot of a couple of our favourite images from our collection we have to celebrate The Queen's 94th Birthday.

The first is an image of a Royal Navy Aircraft Carrier spelling out a message for the Queen's birthday in 1954 as was tradition of the time. And the second is of Captain Richard Smeeton escorts Her Majesty the Queen to a Fleet Concert in the hangar of HMS Albion in 1957.

#HappyBirthdayHerMajestyTheQueen
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#NavigateTheNavy

21/04/2020
HMS Prince of Wales Dress Overall

Join us live as the Royal Navy 'Dress Ship Overall' for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Birthday, on-board HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Lancaster. The occasion, which happens as part of Morning Colours at 8am, is one of seven the RN marks throughout the year, with the others being:-

Her Majesty’s Official Birthday (a Saturday in June)
HRH Duke of Edinburgh's Birthday (10th June)
HRH Prince of Wales' Birthday (14th November)
Accession Day (6th February)
Coronation Day (2nd June)
Commonwealth Day (second Monday in March)

www.nmrn.org.uk/warrior-webcam

21/04/2020
Dress Ship Overall - HMS Prince of Wales

Join us live as the Royal Navy 'Dress Ship Overall' for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Birthday, on-board HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Lancaster. The occasion, which happens as part of Morning Colours at 8am, is one of seven the RN marks throughout the year, with the others being:-

Her Majesty’s Official Birthday (a Saturday in June)
HRH Duke of Edinburgh's Birthday (10th June)
HRH Prince of Wales' Birthday (14th November)
Accession Day (6th February)
Coronation Day (2nd June)
Commonwealth Day (second Monday in March)

www.nmrn.org.uk/warrior-webcam

20/04/2020

Today at 11.00, Band Colour Sergeant Nick West will be hosting an hour-long free music masterclass on Instagram @rmbrandservice

He will share a little about his career and how he got started in music before hosting his tutorial and hosting a Q&A from followers.

Just something a little different for your Monday morning, and a timely follow on from the virtual showing of the Mountbatten Festival of Music 2020 where he took centre stage at the Albert Hall along with others who have featured in this series.

18/04/2020

Today is International Day for Monuments and Sites, but is also known as World Heritage Day!

Designed to raise awareness about the preservation of the worlds culture, man made monuments and heritage sites, we felt that it was the perfect time to take you on a walk through our very own Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

We can't wait to welcome you back when our doors open again!

#NMRN
#NavigateTheNavy
#WorldHeritageDay
#MuseumFromHome

17/04/2020
Mountbatten Festival of Music 2020 Virtual Concert | Royal Albert Hall

Join The Bands of HM Royal Marines on Saturday, 18th April 2020 at 6.30pm for a virtual concert stream on their page or the Royal Marines YouTube page of the Mountbatten Festival of Music 2020; filmed at the Royal Albert Hall 6-7 March.

Join Prince Harry & Megan to watch one of the worlds leading military bands, the Massed Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines. There’s an exciting programme of music, including Tom Jones, Gloria Estefan, Two Steps from Hell, and music from the critically acclaimed film Gladiator – definitely worth a watch!

The Royal Albert Hall concerts have been running with the Massed Bands of The Royal Marines since 1973, and was titled after the death of Life Colonel Commandant Royal Marines, Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten in 1979 in his honour.

A wonderful concert and definitely one not to miss from the comfort of your own home!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WV9YohPS6M&feature=youtu.be

Join the Massed Bands of Her Majesty's Royal Marines, Prince Harry and Meghan for the Mountbatten Festival of Music 2020. From the comfort of your living roo...

On this day in 1963 HMS Dreadnought, Britain's first nuclear-powered submarine, was commissioned after being launched by...
17/04/2020

On this day in 1963 HMS Dreadnought, Britain's first nuclear-powered submarine, was commissioned after being launched by Queen Elizabeth II on Trafalgar Day in 1960.

In 1971 she became the first British submarine to surface at the North Pole and in 1973 she took part in the Royal Navy's first annual Group Deployment, two important milestones in her lifetime.

To celebrate, these images from our collection show HMS Dreadnought on the actual day of her commission, and a tankard from the first commission, showing that at this time, sailors were still allowed to have their rum tot!

#NMRN #navigatethenvay #MuseumFromHome #onthisdayinhistory

16/04/2020
Royal Navy

Royal Navy

To all our carers and NHS workers we stand with you. Thank you.

Turn up your speakers to hear HMS Dragon!

#ClapForCarers #InThisTogether

While doing a check at our sister site Fleet Air Arm Museum, our wonderful curator Dave, a volunteer field monitor for t...
16/04/2020

While doing a check at our sister site Fleet Air Arm Museum, our wonderful curator Dave, a volunteer field monitor for the Hawk and Owl Trust, spotted our resident pair of kestrels nesting in our nesting box installed on the north side of our Cobham Hall facility and managed to get some wonderful pictures. There was high excitement when they were spotted, as for the last 3 years they have been ousted from their nesting home by Jackdaws!

The nesting box was installed in January 2000 when the facility was completed, and these beautiful birds have made an appearance nearly every year since. They even have a connection to some of our collection stored inside, as it is where we house the prototype Harrier aircraft, known as the 'Kestrel'.

Keen to protect the nature we have around us, keep an eye out over the next few weeks and months where we bring you some of the wonderful flora and fauna that make their home at our sites.

#NMRN #navigatethenavy #museumfromhome

16/04/2020
Conservation at the National Museum of the Royal Navy - Caulking Part 1

Our Shiprights have been hard at work undertaking essential maintenance of HMS Victory to ensure she continues to be cared for while our doors are temporarily closed.

Caulking is the technique of making the seams between the deck planks of a ship watertight. This is a big job and important to do while the weather is dry. We managed to catch up with our shipright Jim to tell you a little bit more about the process.

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#navigatethenavy
#musueumfromhome

Music: BenSound

15/04/2020
HMS Prince of Wales Sunset Colours

Welcome to #WebcamWednesday! Every week we will be live from the main mast of HMS Warrior to bring you the hoisting and lowering of the Colours, from HMS Prince of Wales, the Royal Navy’s newest aircraft carrier. This ceremony, which involves the raising and lowering of the White Ensign and Union Jack, was formalised in the Royal Navy in the late eighteenth century. The morning Colours ceremony takes place at 8am with Sunset colours, as the name implies, taking place at sunset, or at 2100 when sunset falls after that time, when it is referred to as Evening Colours. Ships at sea fly the White Ensign, with the Union Flag only flown when the ship reaches land (alongside in harbour, or when anchoring).

At Colours or Sunset, all naval personnel on the upper deck, or out and about in the establishment and dockyard will face the nearest ensign and salute (if in uniform) or stand to attention if not.

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HM Naval Base (PP66)
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short walk from Portsmouth Harbour train station, bus station and the Gosport Ferry.

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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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Re Silas George Mewes - my paternal uncle. I believe, during his service in the Fleet Air Arm, that he spent time in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka).
Good evening. Due to Corona lock down I have been looking through some of my stored pictures. I have a photograph from HMS Fledging, Mill Meece, 1943 I would like to share with you. It was given to me by a former WRNS member whom I knew all my life until she died. It is Course Group L9 (Electrical Mechanics). Thanks Richard Burgess.
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My maternal uncle George (Silas George Mewes) joined the RN on his 16th birthday in 1935 and became an airframe technician in the Fleet Air Arm throughout the war. He rose to the rank of Chief Petty Officer. His record shows that he mainly served at RN/FAA land bases but had a period of service on HMS Victorious in Norwegian/Arctic service. In June 1942 he was 'Mentioned in Despatches' whilst serving at Lee on Solent (HMS Daedalus). I have a copy of the notice he received and the relevant page of the London Gazette, but cannot find any description of the event(s) that merited this award. Any thoughts as to where I might find the 'despatch'? Thanks.
would it be possible to tell me what ship this is some people are telling me its the victory but i am not sure
thought you might be interested in this my great grandfather was serving on HMS cygnet 1933
Dad was in the Royal Navy from 1938 - 1946 First three years he served in the Med. Like many young men he had his moments of good a bad behaviour. At the museum is there information on ships in the Med 1940-1943, disciplinary measures and detention centres used and general facts available that are not easily found on the internet. Thank you Bob
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To the immortal memory of Admiral Lord Nelson and those who died with him.
I'm not sure if this is the right forum. I'm looking for a picture of the minesweeper HMS Felixstowe (J126) launched in 1941. I haven't been able to find one on the web. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.
Enjoying a visit to #HMSTrincomalee with Denise Clark
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