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  20% Discount for Friends at the Museum Shop


With Christmas just around the corner did you know that your membership gives you a 20% discount at the Museum Shop? If you cannot visit the store in person then search for what you want online at shop.nmrn.org.uk, selecting submarine merchandise on the left hand column and phone your order through on 023 92510 354 ext 240.  Be ready to give your Friends membership number to claim the discount. 

Friends send thank you letter to Vice Admiral Sir Tim McClement as he retired from the Museum Board

The text of the letter from our Chairman

Dear Tim

The Friends of the RN Submarine Museum – to the man, woman and child! – are saddened at your departure from the Board of the Museum. Nevertheless, we are – at the same time – very grateful  for the stunning achievements of the Alliance project under your leadership. Those Friends who have followed the progress of the Alliance refurbishment from Heritage Lottery bid to royal opening recognise the magnitude of the task, know that there were difficult times and dark days but also understand that your leadership was hugely significant in bringing about a great result. We would also wish to acknowledge the work of Trevor Spires and the Project Management Team, who have worked tirelessly in pursuit of the best possible standards.

We are also grateful to you and to the Board, and to Chris Munns and the museum staff, for steering a steadfast path through the sometimes troubled waters of integration into the National Museum of the RN. That work will continue for some time yet and the Friends are conscious that their role must adjust to that change and believe that the Society’s involvement will broaden in support of the reduced number of on-site staff. Indeed this is already happening.

You leave the Submarine Museum in a good material state that, given good management by the NMRN, should enable it to prosper in the future. Thanks once again for all that you have done for our Museum, and good luck with whatever future ventures you undertake.

  Over £280,000 Raised for the Museum since 1995

In the last financial year The Friends donated over £15,000 to the Museum - a list detailing those and other recent donations is here.

HMS Alliance - Photo Gallery

Check out our exclusive photos of the newly refurbished interior of Alliance (many thanks to the Museum).  Just click the throne below!

Welcome to the website of the Society of Friends of the Royal Navy Submarine Museum.

I am really amazed at the transformation that has taken place in the museum. The fantastic changes and improvements that have been made over recent years combine to make the museum a truly first class attraction. 

That is not only my perception but is supported by the really significant increase in the number of visitors that choose to spend some time there; an increase of nearly 200% this year compared to last.  So what is attracting this number of people?  Well, the fact that ALLIANCE has undergone the most fantastic refit and is undoubtedly the main attraction is a major draw but the whole museum is a really great family experience.  This transformation is the work of many but the Friends have been major contributors and I commit to ensuring that remains the position.

There are issues the museum will face over the short and long term, not least the consolidation of its position within the overarching National Museum of the Royal Navy.  The Friends also face a number of challenges and maintaining current and increasing future membership, particularly from the serving submariners and the younger community, is an area that I personally see as an immediate focus and is why I encourage existing members to stay with the society and new blood to join.

I would ask all exisiting members to register for electronic delivery by completing the form here.

Jon Westbrook
Chairman

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Last update 5 Dec 14  -  Dits and Bits updated with HMS Unsparing interview.