Royal Naval Museum


Learn about the Royal Navy and the Slave Trade in the Chasing Freedom exhibition

Discover what it was like on board a slave ship

Chasing Freedom: The Royal Navy and the Suppression of the Transatlantic Slave Trade

(in the Victory Gallery from 3rd February 2007 until end of April 2008)

Chasing Freedom is a special exhibition to mark the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the Slave Trade.  It presents for the first time the Royal Navy's role in combatting the trade and its continuing work in defending human rights across the world today.

Find out about family and school events that are taking place during the year and discover more about the Royal Navy and the suppression of the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

Interested in learning more about the transatlantic slave trade from seven leading historians from top UK universities? Join us for the Chasing Freedom - Abolition 200 Conference. Click here for more information.

Task Force South: The Navy and the Falklands War

(in the Twentieth Century Gallery from 31st March 2007 until 29th February 2008)

Task Force South focuses on the crucial role of the Navy in the liberation of the Falklands Islands after the Argentinian invasion in April 1982 and discover more about the events of 1982

Read more about Falklands 25 events at the Museum.

Photographic Exhibition

Not all of our photographs are of ships!

Some of the more unusual images from the Royal Naval Museum's Photographic Collection

The Royal Naval Museum's photographic collection has some 150,000 images. These cover a wide variety of subjects, and by no means all of them contain ships.

This temporary exhibition in the Museum foyer in Storehouse No 11 is a showcase for just a few of the more unusual images. The photographs are mostly from the later 19th and early 20th centuries and have been taken from original prints and photograph albums. The detail that can be seen in some of these images is surprising, and it is worth taking a minute or two to study each one carefully.

There is a small section on ship's pets, always a popular subject for the camera, and other images show the way that sailors entertained themselves with fancy dress, concert parties and sport.

Missed one of our temporary exhibitions?

You can now view summary web versions of our past exhibitions on a page devoted to those exhibitions which are now closed.

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