13 October 2016
As experts on firepower and explosives, this year’s Fireworks at The National Museum of the Royal Navy’s Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower looks set to be even bigger and better than before.
The sky above Explosion at Priddy’s Hard in Gosport will be lit up with an array of colours, timed with music on October 30th for the family-friendly event.
There will be so much to see and do, including a fire-performer, bonfire, fairground, food and drink stalls, bouncy castle, face painters and free entry to Explosion.
Director of Visitor Experience at The National Museum of the Royal Navy, John Rawlinson, said: “This is a hugely popular event. Explosion is the perfect setting for a bonfire and fireworks display and Portsmouth Harbour makes for a stunning backdrop.”
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.
The museum is housed in a group of listed buildings which centre around the original powder magazine of 1771.
The event starts at 5pm and the fireworks start at 7pm. Tickets are £6 for adults, £4 for children (under 5s go free) and £15 for a family ticket (up to two adults and three children). Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets sold on the night will be cash only. All Attraction Tickets and discount vouchers
are not valid for this event.
To book your tickets call 023 9250 5600 or Book online
27 September 2016
• Nelson enthusiast Kate Jamieson taking modern HMS Victory flag to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro
• She is raising money for Guillain-Barré and Associated Inflammatory Neuropathies (GAIN), a charity which supports those affected by Guillain-Barré Syndrome and other associated inflammatory neuropathies
A self-confessed ‘Nelson Nut’ has been handed a modern HMS Victory flag by The National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) to wave when she reaches the top of a Mount Kilimanjaro climb.
Kate Jamieson, 26, who appeared on Mastermind in 2013 on the subject of Lord Nelson, visited Portsmouth Historic Dockyard to be given the flag on board Victory.
“I was told to take something personal with me to the summit. A lot of people take football flags, shirts but I think given my background and love of naval history, and where Victory is where it all began, this is probably one of the few objects that would sum me up as a person!”
Kate visited Victory when she was a child, picking up a museum book on Nelson. She said she found him fascinating.
She added: “For one man, he managed to leave a huge mark in history and he led a very interesting life.”
The NMRN’s Head of Heritage Development, Nick Hewitt, said: “We love to inspire people, like Kate, and for them to take something special away from visiting any of the museum’s attractions.
“It’s fantastic she has chosen to take on this climb for charity and we wish her all the best. We look forward to seeing her with our Victory flag at the summit!”
Kate, who’s living in Eastleigh, will be climbing Mt Kilimanjaro’s summit on October 10. The climb is expected to last around six days from start to finish. She is doing it for charity, in memory of a relative who passed away recently.
She has been doing 10 mile walks and intensive gym sessions to get in shape for the big climb.
She returns in time for Trafalgar Day on October 21.
Kate wants to raise more than £500 for a charity called the Guillain-Barré & Associated Inflammatory Neuropathies (GAIN), which supports those affected by Guillain-Barré Syndrome and other associated inflammatory neuropathies.
14 September 2016
• Discovery of time capsule prompts nationwide appeal for artefacts
• Everyday items of Wren life sought
25 August 2016
• 73% of Brits value new experiences as the most important factor for a perfect day out
• 80% seek a mixture of outdoor and indoor attractions on a day out
• 24% of adults opt for cultural destinations
08 August 2016
The final group of MA students studying fine art are to put on an exciting exhibition at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard from August 19 to September 2.
This year marks the very last fine art exhibition at the University of Portsmouth. The last six MA students wanted to hold the Exodus MA Fine Art Exhibition at Action Stations as a celebration of fine art at the university and the city.
HMS Hood bell unveiled on 75th anniversary of sinking
HRH The Princess Royal strikes eight bells at midday
Official opening of Battle of Jutland exhibition gives first sight of conserved bell from “The Mighty Hood”
19 May 2016
• A Major Heritage Lottery Fund grant will create the country’s newest national collection at The National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
• Access to naval heritage will be transformed as key artefacts from five museums across the National Museum will be relocated to one Centre for Discovery
• The grant allows for the much-needed move of The Royal Marines Museum, broadening the massive appeal of the Royal Marines story to visitors at the heart of naval heritage
21 March 2016
• New Battle of Trafalgar colours and greatly improved visitor route around Admiral Lord Nelson’s flagship are a revelation
• Visitors can now access never-before-seen areas of the ship, including the Poop Deck and Nelson’s Great Cabin – increasing the space visitors can walk around by a massive 80%
National Museum of the Royal Navy launches an innovative digital project to map stories of the people at the Battle of Jutland
Timber has long been a vital backbone for shipbuilding and famously HMS Victory was built from over 5,500 oak trees, 250 years ago. It even inspired the Royal Navy’s anthem Hearts of Oak. That strong tradition will now continue with a generous donation of timber from three estates in Aberdeenshire that will ensure that the ship survives for the foreseeable future.
Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower in Gosport is asking residents to raid their attics and dig out old photographs and items as part of an exciting new project.
The new project – Priddy’s People – aims to bring to life the stories of local men and women who worked at the 18th century Royal Navy Armament Depot, Priddy’s Hard, which is now Explosion Museum.
The collection of handling artefacts will feature as part of a free street party event held in the museum grounds on Bank Holiday Monday, 2nd May.
Community Outreach Officer at the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Jo Valentine, said: “We use handling artefacts in a number of ways with community and school groups at our museum. They could be a starting point for a discussion, inspiration for an artwork and simply help tell the story of the workers at Priddy’s Hard.
“An artefact isn’t just something that you would put monetary value on – they aren’t always made of gold or the finest china. Often they are quirky and not always over 100 years old. They could simply be a worker’s manual, a clocking in card or a Priddy’s Hard football trophy made of scrap tin won by someone’s Grandad.
“Artefacts are a snapshot in time and reflect the people and the social change at a certain period. Artefacts can be used to unlock memories of a time gone by, an emotion, be it joy or even anger and help someone connect with the past. They are incredibly valuable in telling the human story of an historical site such as Priddy’s Hard.”
Drop-in sessions for people to bring in items and photographs of Priddy’s Hard have been organised for the following dates at Explosion:
Tuesday, 16th Feb, 11am – 1pm
Thursday, 7th April, 2.15pm- 4.15pm
25 January 2016
‘36 Hours: Jutland 1916, The Battle That Won The War’ Blockbuster Exhibition to open at the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, 19th May 2016.
26 November 2015
Guns that saw action at Jutland are travelling from Orkney to be shown as part of the main UK exhibition on the key naval battle of the First World War.
24 November 2015
This November the Mary Rose will embark upon the next stage in her long and remarkable history.
This exciting chapter of the Mary Rose Museum will see an extraordinary transformation in visitor experience. The walls that currently separate visitors from the ship will be replaced with glazing to provide unrestricted views of the hull from bow to stern in all nine galleries and on all three levels. For the first time since she was raised from the Solent in 1982 visitors will also be able to share the same space as the Mary Rose, entering the upper deck through an air lock, allowing visitors to experience the full splendour and magnitude of the Mary Rose.
05 November 2015
• Descendant of Admiral Lord Nelson visits his famous ship HMS Victory at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
• Fourth great granddaughter of Nelson moved to tears after experiencing story of Nelson at Battle of Trafalgar first hand
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard has been crowned the best tourist attraction in the UK in a prestigious poll.
We triumphed at the Group Leisure Awards after being voted Best UK Attraction by readers of the travel title.
16 October 2015
The National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) is excited to announce its major contributions to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of Jutland for 2016, highlighting the pivotal role played by the Royal Navy.
02 September 2015
The Mary Rose Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of a new Chief Executive, Helen Bonser-Wilton. Helen will take over the post from Rear Admiral John Lippiett who retires this September after twelve and a half years in the position.
20 August 2015
Thursday 10th – Sunday 13th September 2015
Free events but must be booked in advance
• Go under HMS Victory and the newly-opened HMS M.33 for an exclusive tour
• See submarine HMS Alliance in a different light
• Learn about artefact conservation at the Mary Rose Museum
On 6th August The National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) will open HMS M.33 to the public for the first time in her history, following a distinctive and extensive conservation project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
On behalf of all stakeholders operating within the Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust is pleased to announce Latz & Partner as the winner of its Architectural Competition for the Hard Landscaping of this internationally renowned historic site.
The National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN), Portsmouth has announced a historically accurate re-painting of HMS Victory, the most celebrated ship in naval history, in collaboration with expert conservators Crick Smith, University of Lincoln.
The historic ships and museums of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard are celebrating winning this year’s Excellence Award from global internet media company Travelzoo.
Princess Alexandra yesterday visited HMS Warrior 1860 to formally open the Heritage Lottery Funded (HLF) Project awarded to undertake vital repair works that will secure the future of HMS Warrior 1860, one of the most influential warships ever built. This formal visit also marks the recent retirement of Chairman Rear Admiral Bawtree CB & Trustee Lord Wakeham. HRH Princess Alexandra visited the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard on 23 June 2015.
This summer, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard will host the world premiere of an ambitious new dance theatre production.
The Seafarers is by internationally acclaimed Stopgap Dance Company, which has toured around the world. It has been commissioned by Portsmouth Festivities with funding from Arts Council England and The Portsmouth Grammar School, to celebrate an important part of the city’s heritage.
02 April 2015
Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust (PNBPT) in partnership with the International Boatbuilding Training College Portsmouth (IBTCP), Highbury College and Ampersand Catering are seeking sponsors to help change the lives of unemployed young people in Portsmouth.
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded £2.6million to the HMS Warrior Preservation Trust to undertake vital repair works that will secure the future of HMS Warrior 1860, one of the most influential warships ever built and one of the principle attractions at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
05 March 2015
A new exhibition focusing on the role of the Royal Navy’s submarines during the First World War opens on Thursday 2nd April at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum.
A new exhibition promising to challenge the historical perceptions of a major First World War campaign is to open at the National Museum of the Royal Navy this March.
17 February 2015
The Mary Rose Trust has been shortlisted for two awards by The News Business Excellence Awards in the categories of Community Contribution of the Year and Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism.
15 December 2014
The Mary Rose Museum has been nominated for the European Museum of the Year Award 2015. This prestigious award was founded in 1977 and recognises excellence in European museums.
20 November 2014
The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded £1.75million to the National Museum of the Royal Navy to restore and open to visitors for the first time in its history, HMS M.33.
02 September 2014
The cannon has been chosen as one of the objects included in the British Museum’s Teaching History with 100 Objects online resource, a project made through collaboration with museums across the UK.
HRH The Princess Royal, Patron of The National Museum of the Royal Navy, officially opened the Museum’s new Babcock Galleries, home to the newly opened ‘HMS Hear My Story’ exhibition.
The Mary Rose Museum, is one of six finalists selected for the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2014. This prestigious award celebrates the achievements of the best UK museums and galleries.
The man who rediscovered the sunken Tudor warship, Mary Rose, is being commemorated with a bronze bust twenty two years after his death. The bust will go on permanent display at the Mary Rose.
Warrior Preservation Trust Limited has received initial support of £89,000 from The Heritage Lottery Fund for its £3.6m project 'Revealing the Secrets of Shipwrights and Sailors' it was announced today.
26 February 2014
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited the Mary Rose on Wednesday 26th February for their first view of the purpose-built Mary Rose museum within Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
09 December 2013
HMS Victory at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is to be featured in Heston Blumenthal’s Great British Food, the chef’s latest show for Channel 4.