Royal Naval Museum



Sea Your History

The Sea Your History project is a ground breaking partnership to create the leading online resource for the history of the 20th century Royal Navy and Portsmouth Dockyard. It has been generously funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The project’s partners are the Royal Naval Museum, Royal Marines Museum, The Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Fleet Air Arm Museum, Fleet Photographic Unit, Portsmouth Royal Dockyard Historic Trust and the Mary Rose Trust and more information can be found here.

Sea Your What?

Sea Your History is made up of different elements; the website, education projects and exhibitions.

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The Website

The website, when completed, will contain 15,000 digital assets, made up of photographs of artefacts, documents, images and oral histories.

The oral history gallery is where you can find extracts of over 50 new interviews covering five themes from Women at Sea to Changing Technology. You can listen to these extracts, read the transcripts and see photos of the interviewees.

There are four online exhibitions

The Navy’s People

Portsmouth Dockyard

Conflict and Change

The Royal Navy Home and Abroad

WRNS Despatch Riders and Drivers, Launch of HMS Andromeda, Welding apprentice with instructor

Search the collections!

You can search the online collections and pull up the records of items on the website. Or you can choose to search the catalogue of the Royal Naval Museum and find records of artefacts, manuscripts and oral histories.


As part of Sea Your History three education projects will be developed. They are aimed at and will work with local schools and community groups. The first, Dockyard Then and Now is currently under development and will work with local primary schools to help them explore the dockyard.


On 26th April 2008 the Sea Your History Special Exhibition opened at the Royal Naval Museum. This showcases the online content and will run until further notice.

Further information

Pplease contact Veronica Hartwich, the Project Manager: or telephone: 023 9272 7572.

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