National Storytelling Week


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National Storytelling Week

National Storytelling Week is celebrated by all ages enjoying- Folk tales, fairy lore, figments, phantoms, dragons, serpents, storms at sea. A good teller will conjure intriguingly. Everyone has at least one story to tell...

Nelson and Emma

Nelson’s affair with Emma Hamilton was the biggest scandal of the age. Their actual liaison lasted only six years, but it transformed their lives, their respective positions in society, and the public's perception of them both.
Horatio Nelson first met Lady Hamilton on 12 September 1793. He was a 35-year-old post captain and she was the 28-year-old wife of Sir William Hamilton, the British Envoy to Naples. Emma was a great beauty and a celebrated artists’ model, and she was also famous across Europe for performing ‘attitudes’, which were performances in which she moved quickly from one dramatic pose to another.
Mired in retirement in Norfolk for the previous five years, Nelson had hardly seen a woman since he had returned to sea six months before their meeting, and he was impressed by Lady Hamilton. He wrote to his wife Fanny that Emma was a ‘young woman of amiable manners who does honour to the station to which she is raised’.

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A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see a piece of jewelled history arrives at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard for a limited time only. Vice Admiral Lord Nelson's famous jewel, the chelengk, has been carefully reconstructed and is now on display for all to enjoy. The diamond was presented to Vice Admiral Lord Nelson by Sultan Selim III of Turkey after the Battle of the Nile in 1798.
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Diana McCormack and Scott of the Antarctic


Shipyard by Lachlan Goudie

For the last seven years Lachlan Goudie, judge on BBC’s Big Painting Challenge, has been sketching and painting in the BAE shipyards on the Clyde and Forth, chronicling the construction of the new generation of Royal Naval ships (specifically the world leading Type 45 destroyers and the monolithic Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers), as well as capturing the people who work to create these giants. This exhibition is the first opportunity to see Lachlan’s drawings and paintings on display in Portsmouth, HMS Queen Elizabeth’s home port.
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Rum, Gin and the Royal Navy

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