The National Museum of the Royal Navy is fully committed to providing exciting and stimulating learning opportunities to visitors of any age. We currently work with a number of community groups across the local area to deliver both one-off activities and longer term projects.
SUBMISSIONS FOR THE SEASIDE YARNSCAPE ARE NOW CLOSED! Thank you to everyone who has taken part, we have had over 1900 knitted, sewn and felted items for the project!
The project was created in response to discovering 1940’s patterns from ‘The Department for Knitted Garments for the Royal Navy’ in the collection along with wool pictures created by sailors in 1850’s, embroidered slippers, naval collection of mascots and even toys made by the sailors themselves for their children. There is a long history of crafts in the Navy and the project is a way of drawing people’s attention to this cultural heritage. One of the aims of the project is to continue this tradition by asking anyone who is currently posted on a ship to knit or crochet a sea creature for the artwork.
Over 350 people took part from 40 different places in the UK and from 5 different countries. The finished artwork is now on display at the Victory Gallery Cabin Area.
Our Community Curators project aims to increase access to our collections by local groups. We work with them creatively both across the city and in the museum enabling them to investigate areas of interest and develop new skills.
Activities range from behind the scenes tours and object handling sessions to photography workshops and reminiscence sessions. Outcomes include community magazines, photographic exhibitions and trails.
For details and dates of all forthcoming events see the Events & Programmes section in the left-hand column.
Throughout the year the Museum participates in national campaigns such as Heritage Open Days, Family Learning Week and Black History Month. We also offer a regular programme of special events, gallery talks and lectures throughout the year.
Heritage Open Days
Each year in September heritage attractions and museums around the country invite members of the public to explore areas and buildings which are not normally accessible! We offer behind the scenes tours and talks giving fascinating insights into the history of the buildings and the museum.
Talks & lectures
The museum covers 400 years of Naval History so there is never a shortage of fascinating subjects for talks and lectures!