Learning at the National Museum of the Royal Navy

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Experience all of the museums and ships in the national museum family with one unique annual pass. 

As a member you get unlimited access to all of our incredible attractions.

This includes world famous ships and museums: Nelson’s flagship HMS Victory; the oldest warship still afloat in the UK HMS Trincomalee; First World War veterans HMS Caroline and Gallipoli Campaign survivor HMS M.33; HMS Warrior 1860, Britain’s first iron-hulled, armoured battleship; Second World War-era submarine HMS Alliance at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum; the Fleet Air Arm Museum; The National Museum of the Royal Navy Portsmouth; blockbuster exhibition 36 Hours: Jutland 1916, The Battle That Won The War and Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower.

What’s more, you’ll also receive incredible discounts, exclusive offers and preview invitations to selected events happening at the museum, and a special log in for our exclusive online Members Area.

Women and the Royal Navy, Pioneers to Professionals

To mark the centenary of the formation of the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS) in 2017 the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth, is hosting a special exhibition ‘Pioneers to Professionals. Women and the Royal Navy’. Now open within Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, the exhibition charts the history of women and the Royal Navy from the age of sail to the present day.

"Historically the work of naval women was rarely recorded and often overlooked, yet thousands have actively contributed to worldwide naval operations over centuries."Victoria Ingles, Curator, National Museum of the Royal Navy

This exhibition, which draws on the collections of the National Museum of the Navy together with loans from other museums and private individuals, brings together many surprising and lesser-known stories of naval women stretching back centuries.

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Featuring pioneering women like Hannah Snell who disguised herself as a man to serve in the Royal Marines and naval wives like Ann Hopping (later Ann Perriam), who lived and worked on board warships in the eighteenth century. Through to today’s female personnel who make up 10% of the Navy.

As well as highlighting the inspirational stories of some ground breakers and gallantry medal winners the exhibition celebrates the contribution of all women who have served whether in Queen Alexander Naval Nursing Service (QARNNS), VADs (Voluntary Aid Detachment) WRNS or in the Royal Navy, giving an insight into the realities of everyday life for a women in the Royal Navy.

As part of the exhibition we are also asking visitors to share their own experiences of living and working at sea or onshore to the sporting and social activities. Enabling us to more fully reflect the myriad of ways in which women have contributed to the navy as well as showing the impact the service had on their lives.

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Special Exhibitions Gallery, National Museum of the Royal Navy Portsmouth, opening 18th February 2017.

Nelson's Shipmates

Nelson's Shipmates KS1

History at the NMRN

Who was Nelson? What was it like to sail with Nelson's Navy? In this activity based session pupils discover and explore the life of this famous man. From creating their own replica Nelson medal to handling real Nelson related memorabilia this session helps bring to life a great naval hero.

Price: £50 per 1 hour workshop for up to 35 people

History in evidence: Archive access session

History in evidence: Archive access session KS4

History at NMRN

A unique opportunity to access archives not normally on public display. These sessions are tailored to suit students' requirements and can include topics such as Maritime exploration and the development of England; The Royal Navy and the Transatlantic Slave Trade; The Gallipoli Campaign; The First and Second World Wars; D-Day; the Falklands Conflict and modern conflict post 9/11. 

Price: £80 per half day for up to 35 people

Slavery Through Objects

Slavery Through Objects KS3

History at the NMRN

This session allows students to explore and debate the wider issues and human stories behind slavery. Using artefacts and sources, students work together to explore both the rise and fall of the Slave Trade and the Royal Navy’s role in it.

£50 per 1 hour workshop for up to 35 pupils

Elizabethan Exploration and Discovery

Elizabethan Exploration and Discovery KS2

History/Geography and English at the NMRN

This hands-on investigative session uses ‘Discovery Boxes’ as children follow in the footsteps of the explorers like Drake and Hawkins. The session is excellent for developing children’s natural inquisitiveness and enquiry skills.

£50 per 1 hour workshop for up to 35 pupils.


Shipmates KS1&2

History, Geography and Maths at the NMRN

Join us for an action packed activity session, in which students will be ‘trained’ for a life at sea. From calculating how many ships biscuits are needed to feed the crew each week to object handling and role play, children discover what life was like in Nelson’s Navy.

£50 per 1 hour workshop for up to 35 pupils.

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.

Portsmouth Dockyard: Then and Now

Portsmouth Dockyard: Then and Now  KS2

History and Geography at the NMRN

Pupils become ‘Dockyard Detectives’ investigating clues on a special tour to discover how Portsmouth Dockyard has adapted and grown through time. An excellent introduction to fieldwork investigations and history in evidence, pupils explore how the Dockyard reflects aspects of national history, and the changes that transformed people’s lives in the area.

£80 per 1.5 hour workshop for up to 30 pupils.

Pirates vs. the Navy!

Pirates vs. the Navy! KS1

History at the NMRN

How did the Royal Navy deal with famous pirates? Find out in this hands-on activity session. From handling a real cutlass and flintlock pistol to role play and knot tying, this session will bring to life a sailor’s life on the high seas!

£50 per 1 hour workshop for up to 35 pupils.

Percy Parrot’s Pirate Adventure

Percy Parrot’s Pirate Adventure  Foundation Stage

English at the NMRN

Join Percy as he learns how to be a Pirate’s Parrot. Through singing, object handling, sensory exploration and storytelling your class will discover more about life at sea alongside Percy.

£50 per 1 hour workshop for up to 25 pupils.