Twentieth Century Gallery>Dreadnought Exhibition

Dreadnoughts: The ships and the men who built, lived and fought in them

(from 28th April 2006 to March 2007)

This special exhibition tells the story of the Navy's modern battleships from the first, HMS Dreadnought in 1906, to the last, HMS Vanguard, broken up in 1960, and contrasts their building, technology and life onboard with the new generation of warships being built in Portsmouth today by VT Shipbuilding, who are sponsoring the exhibition.

The exhibition celebrates the centenary of HMS Dreadnought.  Launched on 10th February 1906 and completed in December of that year, she was the first truly modern battleship.  With ten 12-inch guns and steam turbines giving a top speed of 21 knots (3 knots faster than her rivals), she gave the Royal Navy a commanding lead over the other naval powers at the beginning of the 20th Century.

The exhibition includes

• ship models from the Museum collection, including a superb scale model of HMS Dreadnought herself.  Some of these models will be on display for the first time



View of HMS Dreadnought model

• the story of how and why HMS Dreadnought was built, including the prodigious efforts of workers in Portsmouth Dockyard to complete such a large and innovative project in record time

• personal memorabilia connected with the ship and life onboard

• details of the service of HMS Dreadnought and her battleship successors, including action in World Wars I and II, the Battle of Jutland, the loss of HMS Hood, and the Navy's last battleship, HMS Vanguard

comparisons with the construction, technology and life onboard the new Type 45 Destroyers parts of which are being built today in Portsmouth by VT Shipbuilding

VT Shipbuilding, the internationally-recognised provider of warships to the Royal Navy and navies worldwide, are now based in Portsmouth Naval Base.  In 2006, the company will be launching HMS Clyde, the first complete warship to be built in Portsmouth since HMS Andromeda in 1967

Click here to link to our online exhibition on HMS Dreadnought and click here to find details of a Study Day on Warship Building in Portsmouth