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Models of Remembrance

Now we’re in the centenary of the First World War, and with the recent anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, it emphasised how much of a role physical objects play in constructing our interpretation of events now lost to living memory. Not just in an historical factual sense, but in…

Ship models – magnificent Mauretania

Today’s post was written by our Curator of Ship History, John Graves. He looks at one of the finest and most intriguing models in our collection – this magnificent model of the Mauretania.  It is easy to take for granted old favourites in the national collection and the National Maritime Museum’s model…

Photo of the Week – HMS Caroline

Emily from our photostudio has been looking at the ongoing work to digitize our amazing collection of ship plans. Often works of art in themselves, they also offer an incredible wealth of information.  The museum has a vast collection of ship plans that get digitized on a weekly basis by…

Can you help identify this mystery vessel?

Our conservation team have been treating one of the many beautiful models in our collection, but can you help identify what it is? Sometimes, even with our wealth of expertise in all things maritime, a model will come along that has us completely foxed.  Perhaps you can help? The conservation department…

Models of War

Nick Ball, our Assistant Curator of Ship Models, gives a fascinating insight into some of the models within our collection.  When I look at the beautifully carved Navy Board ship models of the National Maritime Museum it is often easy to forget that these miniatures represent the incredible power of naval…