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Going places with the Royal Navy event for Black History Month

08 November 2019

A young family trying to guess the spice in our fun challenge

A young family trying to guess the spice in our fun challenge

The melodic sound of steel pan music played alongside the historic ships and museums of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard recently as visitors were welcomed to a special family fun day event to mark Black History Month.

Going Places with the Royal Navy Family Fun Day was held in partnership with The National Museum of the Royal Navy and the Naval Service Commonwealth Network.

Over 470 visitors took part in family activities, crafts, dress up, artefacts and object holding and the Caribbean waters were explored using special virtual reality goggles. Special artefacts from the National Museum’s collections were on show including a Victorian set of dominoes and archive photographs of Trinidad and the West Indies. There was a “Guess the Spice” quiz to identify ingredients commonly used in Commonwealth cooking.

The spotlight was also put on those who served or contributed to defence and British history including William Hall VC, the first Black person to receive the Victoria Cross.

Jo Valentine, Community Producer at The National Museum of the Royal Navy said: “This is the second year we have run the event. It’s a great way to showcase the essential role the Commonwealth has made to the modern day Royal Navy and to its history and an important part of our Black History Month celebrations.

Chief Petty Office Janine Potts, Co-Chair Naval Service Commonwealth Network said:

“Our growing National Museum wider community annual event programme is a brilliant opportunity for us to join with our wider naval family and celebrate our community. The chance to share interesting hidden stories and personal journeys along with fascinating artefacts with our community and the visitors to the Victory Gallery has been truly wonderful.

“It has been an important reminder of the rich cultural and diverse heritage of all our sailors, some of whom originate from Commonwealth. This event has all been made possible with the support of the National Museum Community Producer and museum volunteers, I hope they understand how much their support has meant to us.”