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Hands on HMS Victory!

Hands on HMS Victory!

Location: Upper Gun Deck HMS Victory

From sailors to surgeons to marines and midshipmen uncover the lives of the real men who lived, worked and fought on HMS Victory. This hands-on investigative session will use ‘Discovery chests’ to help pupils learn more about the crew, revealing for the first time their names, what they did and how they lived on-board the ship. It is excellent for developing investigative and enquiry skills culminating with pupils presenting their findings to the ‘ships company’

Price: Discovery visit £4 per pupil + £50 per one hour workshop for up to 25 people

IMPORTANT information for teachers

  • Due to the continuing restoration work on HMS Victory school workshops have relocated to the Upper Gun Deck.
  • Maximum numbers  up to 25 people
  • Upper Gun Deck is not accessible for people with limited mobility. An alternative accessible workshop is available in the Learning Centre, Victory Gallery.

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World first for HMS Victory as ambitious engineering project resupports flagship

An 18-month programme to re-support the world’s most famous warship HMS Victory sagging under her own weight is now underway.

HMS Victory – her crew at the Battle of Trafalgar

A question we are often asked at the museum is how many men were on board, and who were they?  The muster roll for HMS Victory is held in the archives at the library here at the National Museum of the Royal Navy.  It names all the crew of the ship at the Battle of Trafalgar, each man on the list being awarded prize money for the enemy ships destroyed or captured during the battle.  Besides Lord Nelson and Captain Hardy, there are 820 crew on this list.

HMS Victory KS3

HMS Victory  KS3

History at HMS Victory

Students have a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes and access the museum archives linked to HMS Victory, Nelson and the Battle of Trafalgar. Through a series of investigative activities focused around these primary sources students will discover more about the ship, the battle and the men who served on board.


Price: Discovery visit £4 per pupil + £80 per half day for up to 30 people

Discovery Visits

Discovery Visits ALL

A Discovery Visit is a teacher-led, self-guided visit to one attraction within Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

£4.00 for 1 attraction, £6.50 for two attractions and £8.50 for three attractions per student.