Sea Your History
The Sea Your History project was a ground breaking partnership to create the leading online resource for the history of the 20th century Royal Navy and Portsmouth Dockyard. It was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The project’s partners were the National Museum of the Royal Navy Portsmouth, Royal Marines Museum, The Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Fleet Air Arm Museum, Fleet Photographic Unit, Portsmouth Royal Dockyard Historic Trust and the Mary Rose Trust.
Sea Your History was made up of different elements; the website, education projects and exhibitions.
Bones of Oak and Iron
The exhibition supported the current restoration of HMS Victory in its early stages, showing wood and copper that was being removed from the ship due to damage from rot or other damage, such as that done by beetles.
There was also an opportunity to see some original shipwright markings on some of the wood, which explained where the piece of timber should be placed on the ship.
Visitors could also see photographs from the later years of HMS Victory's career afloat, following Trafalgar, including images of her being floated into the dry dock where she sits today, and being raised on her cradle.
The exhibition was very interactive, with lots to touch, play with and interact with - the public were even asked to vote to say what they'd like to see happen to Victory in the future.
Chasing Freedom: The Royal Navy and the Suppression of the Transatlantic Slave Trade
A little over 200 years ago Parliament voted to outlaw the slave trade in Britain. A Royal Navy squadron was established that would patrol the seas of West Africa for the next 60 years: searching and detaining slave ships, liberating some 150,000 enslaved Africans, playing a pivotal role in the suppression of the international slave trade.
The Chasing Freedom exhibition allowed visitors the chance to find out about life on the West Africa Squadron through extracts from the original diaries such as those of Cheesman Henry Binstead – an officer on HMS Owen Glendower – as he reported on day to day life patrolling the vast west coast.
The exhibition presented for the first time the Royal Navy’s role in combating the trade and its continued work in defending human rights across the modern world.