Naval History at Historic Dockyard

Date Posted: 27/01/2015

A new maritime exhibition will offer pupils the chance to explore the origins of Britain’s most iconic warship.

First floated out of Chatham’s Old Single Dock in 1765, the HMS Victory will be commemorated at Chatham’s Historic Dockyard with its new exhibition: HMS Victory: The Untold Story. 

In an exploration of the history of admiral Nelson’s famous flagship, the exhibition will examine the ship’s many voyages, from leading fleets during the American War of Independence and the Napoleonic War, to the scene of her greatest victory at the Battle of Trafalgar. 

Running from 14th February until 31st May, the exhibition features a collection of objects on loan from the National Maritime Museum, including a decorative sword and original letters and plans.

There are also a number of special artefacts on display such as the Nelson Bullet, lent by Her Majesty The Queen from the Royal Collection, in addition to the exhibition’s centrepiece: Victory’s figurehead, which is on loan from the National Museum of the Royal Navy.

Dr Robert Blyth, senior curator of World and Maritime History at the National Maritime Museum said: “The National Maritime Museum is delighted to contribute to this exciting exhibition at The Historic Dockyard Chatham.

The story of Victory – from her launch at Chatham 250 years ago, through her dramatic and glorious active service, to her present-day iconic status – is a perfect entry point to the wider naval and maritime history of Britain.”

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