In 1863, Warrior undertook a publicity tour of Great Britain, showcasing the ingenuity and technology behind the ship. At a time of change for naval engineering, where ships were beginning to move away from wooden to iron-hulled, it was a chance to show tax payers how their money was being spent.
As soon as you walk towards Warrior, you’ll start to see references to the ‘Tour of Britain.’ Our curatorial team have researched every little detail, from the marketing used to advertise the event to introducing celebratory garlands along the jetty. Inside the ship, new areas are more accessible, artefacts have been added and actors placed to bring the story of the tour to life.
We always recommend seeing the changes in person. From the smallest of details to the largest of changes, you can enjoy brand new additions including access to the captain’s cabin, galley and the officer’s toilet. We’ve dressed each space with artefacts that look correct for the time period, as well as making improvements across the ship, introducing new sensory experiences and information boards where appropriate.
Our Dockyard Alive team will be available in some capacity during your visit. As our team work on a rota basis, not all characters will be available on every visit.
Our Dockyard Alive team are very knowledgeable and will be able to provide insight on their role and area they work in. Our volunteers across the ship also provide information and can help you find out more about the ship’s history.