New for 2018

New year, new adventures 

Discover what's in store for you at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard in 2018

Enjoy a year full of new adventures at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard as we bring you exciting exhibitions and must-see conferences for every adventurer.

Shipyard Lachlan Goudie

Shipyard by Lachlan Goudie

Opens: 17 March 

For the last seven years renowned artist Lachlan Goudie, who was a 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 a new generation of royal naval ships and the people who work to create these giants.

With the much-heralded arrival of HMS Queen Elizabeth, a new exhibition of contemporary artwork will capture Lachlan’s personal view of these engineering titans.


Tattoo exhibition

Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed

Opens: 30 June 

British Tattoo Art has seen a renaissance in recent years and that trend continues with Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed. This ground-breaking exhibition sheds lights on the long tradition of Royal Navy tattoos as well as cutting edge designers and their designs.

See 400 original artworks, photographs and historic artefacts from across the world. Developed by the National Maritime Museum, Falmouth, this in an opportunity to see these one-of-a-kind exhibitions as it tours the UK.

100 Zeebrugge conference

Zeebrugge: The Centenary Conference

20 - 21 April 

The centenary of the daring Zeebrugge Raid which attempted to blockade the German forces at the Belgian port will be commemorated with a weekend-long conference. It will explore a variety of events surrounding the raid and on the morning of 23 April 1918 itself with a particular focus on its planning, its consequences and the challenges of the unforeseen situations that arise in covert raids. (Conference not included as part of your annual ticket). 

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Secret and silent

Silent and Secret: Exhibition and conference

Opens: Summer 2018 

15 June 2018 marks the 50th Anniversary of HMS Resolution, the Royal Navy’s first Polaris SSBN (Submersible Ship Ballistic Nuclear), commencing her first patrol.

Our response is an exhibition (free with your annual ticket) focussing on personal accounts and key objects and a conference which will explore the history of the British nuclear deterrent. (Conference not included as part of your annual ticket).

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