HRH The Princess Royal visits Boathouse 6 in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

HRH The Princess Royal, Patron of The National Museum of the Royal Navy recently visited Portsmouth Historic Dockyard to inspect some of the latest developments on the site and to learn more about future projects including the planned Royal Marines Museum.

As patron of The National Museum, The Princess Royal enjoyed a private lunch on board HMS Warrior, where she thanked supporters and met the team who have recently completed a four-year conservation project.

After lunch, Her Royal Highness visited Boathouse No.6, a short walk away from HMS Warrior and currently the home of Action Stations. Here, she learned more about the museum’s project to open a new Royal Marines Museum at the heart of the Historic Dockyard. She was shown around the converted Victorian boathouse by Professor Dominic Tweddle, director general of The National Museum of the Royal Navy and Matthew Sheldon, director of heritage.

Professor Tweddle commented: “We are honoured to have HRH The Princess Royal as a very active Patron of the museum, and it was a particular pleasure to show her the completed work on HMS Warrior and explain the progress achieved with the new Royal Marines Museum project. Our staff and volunteers really enjoy meeting her and our visitors often catch a glimpse, which adds considerably to their experience on site!”


Calor Corporate Volunteering Day

Every single artefact in our collections and from the Royal Marines Museum is packed up in a very careful process. It involves lots of different materials to help store each item in the best way possible. Every item is also tracked, and its condition recorded so we can monitor each artefact over the years and ensure its long term conservation!

It’s a big process and we’re lucky to have an incredible set of volunteers who help. 

Last week we had extra hands on deck as volunteers from Calor Gas joined our professional curation team and assisted them with wrapping and storing some of our uniforms.

Each uniform is carefully packed in protective film before being frozen and this takes a lot of time, the team from Calor Gas helped us to pack up a whopping 310 uniforms in just one day! 

The volunteers from Calor Gas were fantastic and went above and beyond to support this important endeavor.

If you are interested in volunteering as a company or individual, please contact fundraising@nmrn.org.uk.


Royal Marines Museum feature in Portsmouth News

Our friends at The News, Portsmouth have kindly written this comment piece in support of a new Royal Marines Museum at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Reflecting on this week's earlier report by ITV News Meridian, it's now more important than ever we create a home that both veterans and current serving personnel can be proud of.

Take a look at the opinion piece here: https://bit.ly/2YXNyEr