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Our Naval Heritage

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Protecting our Naval Heritage: Conservation projects

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Making a donation

How You Can Help To Protect Our Naval Heritage

Donations and sponsorship directly help the Museum in its work of protecting and promoting the heritage of the Royal Navy.

General donations are particularly welcome as they will enable us to direct resources where they are most needed at any given time.

Specific needs at present include :

  • Conservation

    Following the successful completion of new storage for our collections under Phase I of our Development Plan, the need now is to conserve the artefacts, paintings, manuscripts and other items in the Research Collections.

    Individual items include :

    Repair of 3 bone ship models, made by Napoleonic prisoners of war; cost 1,500
    Restoration of damaged photographic albums; cost 800
    Repair of Admiral Vernon's settee; cost 1,000

  • Environmental monitoring equipment

    The new storage areas require environmental monitoring to ensure they are maintained at the appropriate temperature and relative humidity. We would like to install the latest equipment using remote sensors linked to a central computer; cost 6,500

Dedicated Controlled Store

Details of how to make a donation are given under 'Making your donation'

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Help us provide access for all

We should welcome donations and sponsorship in support of our work to bring the Museum and the story of the Navy to the widest possible audience. Support is particularly welcome in two areas :


We wish to develop a range of materials to assist teachers to use the new exhibitions in support of their class teaching and to help children and parents get even more value from their visits.

Specific items include :

  • Literacy-based exhibition guides: these would interpret the new exhibitions in a format that will also promote literacy teaching. It is anticipated that this will be a popular combination with schools, particularly at Key Stage 1; cost 1,500 per exhibition.

  • activity packs based on the new exhibitions, to assist family learning; cost 1,500

Special Needs

Making our new exhibitions and research facilities accessible to visitors with special needs has been and remains one of our priorities.

Specific items towards which we should welcome support include :

  • a textphone, to enable the deaf and hard of hearing to contact the Museum for information; cost 250

  • an information leaflet for visitors with special needs, in large print; cost 750

  • audio-guides to the new exhibitions; cost 1,000 for each exhibition

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Making your donation

Acknowledgement of gifts

The names of all donors will be listed in the Museum's Benefactors Book and in our Annual Report (unless notified to the contrary). Donors may also wish to associate their names with specific items, and Julian Thomas, our Development Manager, would be pleased to discuss the opportunities that are available over a range of gifts.

Donations from the United Kingdom

As the Museum is a registered charity, if you pay income tax you can make your donation tax-effective - increasing its value to the Museum by almost one third, at no extra cost to you.

This can be done using :

  • Deed of Covenant - spreading payments over 4 years
  • Gift Aid - for single gifts over 250

  • Other tax-effective methods include giving through a tax-exempt charitable trust or by direct transfer of assets.

    NBIt is understood that covenants are likely to be abolished under new measures to be announced.

Companies may benefit from corporation tax relief on covenants or single gifts by Gift Aid.

Cheques should be made payable to 'The Royal Naval Museum'.

Donations from outside the United Kingdom

If you are resident outside the UK, but pay UK income tax, you may benefit from the tax-effective methods of giving outlined above.

If you do not pay UK income tax, your help will still be welcomed. Please send a Sterling cheque so that your donation does not incur bank charges.

A donation form can be found by
here. Donations and requests for further information should be sent to :

Julian Thomas
Development Manager
Royal Naval Museum
HM Naval Base (PP66)

Telephone : 023 9272 7567 | Fax : 023 9272 7575
Outside UK
Telephone : 44 23 9272 7567 | Fax : 44 23 9272 7575

E-mail : visitor.services@royalnavalmuseum.org

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Looking to the Future: Continuing the Development of the Museum

With Phase I of its Development Plan now complete, the Museum is turning its attention to the next phase of the programme. This comprises the restoration and redevelopment of Storehouse No 10, the middle one of the three Great Georgian Storehouses. The building is currently empty above the ground floor and it is planned to make use of the space available to create :

  • A series of popular and innovative displays on the theme of The Story of the Royal Navy, aimed at the general visitor and in particular families

  • A special Twentieth Century Navy Gallery, aimed especially at veterans and enthusiasts, but with a strong educational component

  • An Educational Suite with classrooms and associated support facilities, for use in conjunction with the Museum's developing educational programmes

  • A spacious and welcoming Main Entrance to the Museum, with related visitor services including a Royal Naval Museum shop

It is hoped that, subject to funding, work will start on Phase II in 2001 and be completed in 2003/4.

For further information, please contact

Julian Thomas
Development Manager
The Royal Naval Museum
H M Naval Base (PP 66)

Telephone : 023 9272 7567 | Fax : 023 9272 7575
Outside UK
Telephone : 44 23 9272 7567 | Fax : 44 23 9272 7575

E-mail : visitor.services@royalnavalmuseum.org

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Created 26 June 1999
Last modified 4 November 2000