Naval Heritage Centenary

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Welcome to our Centenary

Museum staff celebrate the cententary

We are delighted to have received the following message from HM The Queen on the occasion of our centenary celebrations.

A message from HM The Queen

Click here to see a selection of pictures from our celebrations


To help us celebrate this auspicious occasion, Museum staff were asked to select their favourite objects or an object that had made a significant contribution to naval history from the collections.

We have asked a few celebrities to make a selection or tell us what they think about us as well and we would like you, the visitor, to make yours and let us know. Email your selection to and we'll post it up here with your comments and a picture of the object.

Click on the links below to see the choices

Museum staff choices

Celebrity & VIP choices and comments

Public choices

Other messages of congratulations

Centenary Trail

As part of our activities to celebrate 100 years of naval heritage within Portsmouth Dockyard the National Museum of the Royal Navy is offering its visitors a chance to step back in time.  A new trail around the galleries gives them a chance to discover the artefacts which fascinated the first museum visitors in 1911. 

The original museum - known as the Dockyard Museum - was conceived by Mr Pescott Frost, then Secretary to the Admiral Superintendant at Portsmouth.  With a passion for naval history he devoted his free time to spearheading a project to save items for future generations, eventually leading to the opening of a new Museum.  His foresight ensured the survival of many interesting and important artefacts, several of which are still on display today.

Some of the featured exhibits include the figurehead from HMS Bellerophon - the vessel on which Napoleon surrendered following his defeat at Waterloo and a large working model of HMS Vanguard which was used to teach cadets and apprentices how to set sails for varying weather conditions.

The Centenary Trails are available from 28th May until the end of the year and can be collected from the information desks or shop free of charge or can be downloaded here.






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