National Maritime Museums focus on Nelson

Date Posted: 06/06/2013

Nelson, Navy, Nation, a new permanent gallery telling the story of the Royal Navy and the British people from 1688–1815 will open at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich on Trafalgar Day, 21st October.

Nelson, Navy, Nation looks at how the Royal Navy shaped individual lives and the course of British history over the tumultuous 18th century – a period when the Navy became a greater focus of public life than ever before and sea-faring heroes were national celebrities.

Schools visiting the gallery will be transported from the Glorious Revolution of 1688 to the defeat of Napoleon in 1815.

Nelson, Navy, Nation brings together over 250 objects from the museum’s collections, including works of art such as Devis’s Death of Nelson and William Hogarth’s Captain Lord George Graham in his Cabin; little known treasures like Gabriel Bray’s shipboard watercolours; and iconic items such as Nelson’s uniform from the Battle of Trafalgar.

School groups of ten or more visiting the National Maritime Museum should book in advance.

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Pictured: Rear-Admiral Sir Horatio Nelson, 1758-1805, Lemuel Francis Abbott, 1799 (photo credit: NMG).

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