Royal Naval Museum


'Sea Your History: 20th Century Royal Navy'

A special exhibition in the 20th Century Gallery from 26th April 2008 until further notice.

A window onto the real experiences of the Navy’s people - in combat and under stress, doing their day-to-day work, at rest and play, at home and abroad, at sea and  on land - during a century of almost continuous conflict and rapid technological and social change.

The exhibition includes colourful, surprising and often touchingly intimate items of both official and personal material selected from the collections of the Royal Naval Museum, the Fleet Air Arm Museum, the Royal Marines Museum, and the Royal Navy Submarine Museum.

On display are many objects which tell stories about Naval life, the uniforms and kit, medals and certificates, programmes and menus, drawings and cartoons, letters and photographs, all typical of the mementoes and private souvenirs that service people and their families gather to themselves.

Visitors to the exhibition can listen to recordings of a variety of people talking about their lives in the Navy. 

The exhibition is supported by funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems.  It is part of a larger project to make the Museums’ 20th century collections available to the public via a new website, Visitors to the exhibition will also have the opportunity to explore this website.

The Sea Your History project is a joint effort by the four Naval Museums, the Royal Navy, Portsmouth Royal Dockyard Historical Trust, and the Mary Rose Trust.

During May 2008, meet some of the veterans featured in the exhibition in person, as they give Gallery Talks to celebrate Museums and Galleries Month.