The history of the Royal Navy dates back over a thousand years to King Alfred's first battle at sea in 882. The Navy has defended Britain from invasion, attacked enemies and eventually established Britain as the dominant world sea power in the 19th century. Today's role involves peacekeeping, fighting piracy and the prevention of drug trafficking. The influence of the Navy can be felt at every level in our society: in our speech, literature, dress, music, character, culture and customs. The history of the Navy is to a remarkable extent the history of Britain.
The Royal Naval Museum, in Portsmouth's Historic Dockyard, is one of Britain’s oldest maritime museums. The Museum’s aim is to preserve and present the history of the 'Fleet' - the ships and the men and women who manned them.
This area is to give you information about the Museum, its history and how it is managed. The current edition of our magazine, Scuttlebutt, produced in association with the Friends can be found here
Gifts and legacies have been vital in creating and sustaining the Museum. Go to Supporting Us if you would like to make a gift to help us in our work now and in the future.
Any vacancies that may arise from time to time are advertised here and potential employees can find all the application documents in this section.