Learning

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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Victorian Shipmates

New course: Victorian Shipmates

Location: HMS Warrior 1860

Join the Victorian Navy and explore life on board the mighty HMS Warrior.  Through a range of interactive activities pupils will find out what jobs sailors did as well as seeing first- hand what the living conditions were like for the crew. What did they eat? How did Victorian medicine help them stay healthy… or not?

Pupils will have the opportunity to try out a hammock, handle real artefacts and take part in role play and dressing up which will bring the past to life.

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Special event for British Science week 2018

Tale of Two Ships

HMS Victory and HMS Warrior

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Code and Cipher Workshop

Code and Cipher Workshop ALL STAGES

Working in teams, students are issued with a code and cipher book, a cipher wheel, a linear scrambler and a scytale. Their task is to figure out numbers which have been fiendishly enciphered by the Action Stations Spy Master.

£8 per student

Nelson's Shipmates

Nelson's Shipmates KS1

History and Science at the NMRN

Who was Nelson? What was it like to sail with Nelson’s Navy? In this activity -based session pupils explore the life of this famous man and will be ‘trained’ for a life at sea.

From object handling a life mask of Nelson, role -playing jobs on board, to investigating if diet then was healthier than today, pupils discover first-hand what life was like for sailors in the past.

Price: £50 per 1 hour workshop for up to 35 people (fully accessible)

Information Communication & Technology

Information Communication & Technology 

Allow us to show you how this 1840s Boathouse was converted into an interactive tourist attraction. Students will learn about the hardware and software that goes into running our exhibits and displays on a daily basis. The behind the scenes tour offers an extensive insight into how technology had advanced and changed over the past decade and how a modern tourist attraction has to keep refreshed in order to stay up to date. Students will also take an in-depth look at our Laser Quest arena, exploring the technology that powers it and the ins and outs of the arena itself.  

Suitable for all Key Stages

£9.00 per student.

Team Challenge

Team Challenge ALL STAGES

Physical Education at Action Stations

Pupils work together in teams to complete different challenges that are scored to produce a winning team. There are a variety of challenges that can be adapted to the group – we will be happy to design a bespoke programme to suit.

All Key Stages

£8.00 per student.

Spy Workshop

Spy Workshop KS1&2

History at Action Stations

A look at the world through the eyes of a spy, focusing on a Portsmouth based story that resulted in a not so happy ending! In this workshop, students will be sent on a secret mission around Action Stations, be put to the challenge of deciphering codes, taking part in our code and cipher workshop and exploring both modern and historic methods of espionage.

£8.00 per student.

Pirate life!

Pirate Shipmates KS1

History at the NMRN

What would it have been like to be a famous pirate like Blackbeard?  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 swashbuckling pirate life on the high seas!

£8.00 per student.

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.

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.

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.