National Maritime Museum Project

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National Maritime Museum Project

Are you, or a member of your family, in the Royal Navy?

Are you interested in the history of the Navy and how it affected people like you centuries ago?

Would you be interested in taking part in a project at the National Maritime Museum?

In 2018 the National Maritime Museum will open a new permanent gallery which will tell the stories of the extraordinary men and women who went to sea 500 years ago.

While the Museum’s collections tell part of this story, we are looking for people to help us better understand the human impact of conflict at sea.

Working with The National Archives, we have identified a treasure trove of material which relates to the women who petitioned the Admiralty for support after their husbands were lost, killed or imprisoned as part of the Anglo-Dutch Wars in the 17th century. These archives will be used to create an audio piece in the gallery where visitors will be able to hear some of these moving stories.

We are looking for volunteers from Naval families to help us select the petitions which will feature in the gallery, and record their own experiences.

This project will involve trips to the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich and The National Archives in Kew.

Reasonable travel expenses will be paid for.

If you would like to take part in this exciting new project please email