On 28 September, Jock McLees, Guy Sitwell and Peter Christmas manned a stall at the annual Michaelmas Fayre in Alverstoke, Read more »
Our Christmas Cards are on sale again – this year in mixed packs containing our designs from past years and the two new designs featured above. Read more »
Eric Thompson’s book ‘On Her Majesty’s Nuclear Service’ has proved to be a great literary success. Thanks to Commander Rupert Best’s unsolicited nomination of it to the Maritime Trust, Read more »
The sad story of the loss of Kursk has been turned into a film starring Colin Firth.
Watch the trailer here
The film will be in a number of independent cinemas from 12 July as well as being on the following digital platforms: Read more »
My name is John Bradbury, retired SSBN submariner, founder of the charity We Remember Submariners and part time artist.
I have created this painting which I will be going to the Senior Rates Mess HMS Neptune, Read more »
All Round Look being stuffed at the Museum and coming through your letterbox soon!
The model of a torpedo presented to Lieutenant “Jimmy” Launders DSO*, DSC* Royal Navy, Commanding Officer of HMS Venturer which sank U-864 on 9 February 1945, Read more »
Read more »The Museum hosted a special visitor on Saturday 6th April on the occasion of his 94th Birthday. Gerald Lloyd-Williams, a WW2 X-Craft Veteran arrived with six family members in support,
I know surveys are becoming the bane of our lives but hear me out! We plan to update the website this year and have set aside a sum of money to do this. Read more »
After several years of hard work the HMS Courageous Association has launched its DVD – HMS COURAGEOUS – Hunter Killer of the Cold War. Read more »
Recently Mrs Bridget Dickinson daughter of Lieutenant Commander E P “Tommo” Tomkinson DSO**, and her son, Mr Francis Dickinson, visited Fort Blockhouse to view the historical artefacts connected with her late father, Read more »
The NMRN archivists, including those covering submarine heritage matters, are currently unable to respond to enquiries or requests for access to the collections as they undertake the move of the collection into new accommodation in Portsmouth. Read more »
Please see the following press release from the SSC.
The 2019 UK National Award for Museums + Heritage has shortlisted the Scottish Submarine Centre for its prestigious ‘Innovation of The Year’ Read more »
Which boat is pictured on the ship lift at VSEL below?
On the 13th February we have some representatives from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission at RNSM who are collecting information to create a digital archive. Read more »
In early 2015 (yes, that long ago), the Friends discussed the idea of a project with the staff of the RNSM to upgrade the JFB to make it a more exciting and stimulating place for visitors. Read more »
The following has been sent to me:
People in Essex will be transported back to World War 1 and the surrender of German U Boats in Harwich, Read more »
The Freedom of Blyth was granted to the Submarine Service in 1979 in recognition of the very close links which existed between the town and the service in both world wars where submarines were based and operated from and where many sailed from on their final patrols . Read more »
The Friends are investing heavily in enhancing the remembrance area at the Museum to make it a more fitting space to contemplate the sacrifice made by those whose names are listed on the Wall of Remembrance. Read more »
Especially assembled for the Submariners Association Remembrance Day Service, taking place at the Submarine Museum in Gosport on Sunday 11 November 2018, Read more »
From our Vice Chairman, Jock McLees
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Dear Friends of the Submarine Museum, as you are all well aware,
Compiled by Michael Pitkeathly ex Warrant Officer Tactical System and Edited by Captain David Wixon RN (ret)
This is the story of HMS Courageous (SSN06). Read more »
We have finalised our Christmas Card as you can see below! Orders are now open!!
Can you help identify these items from the Museum archive? They are listed as a pair of measuring tubes, a Wilson’s cloud chamber and a spectroscope. Read more »
The descendants and relatives of Vice Admiral Sir Cecil Ponsonby Talbot KCB KBE DSO* (31 August 1884 – 17 March 1970) paid a successful visit to Fort Blockhouse and the Submarine Museum on Wednesday 10 October. Read more »
Members of the Friends’ committee manned a stall at the very popular Michaelmas Fayre in Alverstoke, Read more »
The Museum Archive will be open to all, with collections officers ready to answer any questions. Read more »
The Friends are again looking to raise funds through selling Christmas cards this year. Is there anybody in the submarine community who would like to have a go at designing the 2018 versions? Read more »
Members who visit the Museum often send us feedback – to make that easier to do we have introduced a visit feedback form. Read more »
Our thanks to ‘PK’ Pitkeathly for sending in this excellent snap which just cries out to be a Caption Competition for all to enter. Read more »
The following is an appeal for help from the NMRN:
National Museum launches appeal to serving personnel and veterans for stories behind their tattoos Read more »
In the past sailor’s tattoos mapped journeys on the sea and through life.
The new exhibition at the Museum – Silent and Secret – is open!
It will explore the history of the deterrent and reveal the “challenging nature of working in these submarines”, Read more »
The Museum is looking for volunteers and is holding a drop in event in Torbay Block (in the Museum car park) on on Wednesday 18th of July 2018 on how you can help Your Museum by contributing some of your time and your specialist submarine knowledge. Read more »
UPDATED WITH NEW PROGRAMME
“Silent and Secret”, a conference marking the 50th anniversary of the Royal Navy’s Continuous At Sea Deterrent will take place on 15/16 June 2018 at the Historic Dockyard. Read more »
The photo below was found scrunched up in the staff rest room at the Museum. Can anyone help answer these questions:
Who are they? Read more »
Last week Eric Thompson, whose new book On Her Majesty’s Nuclear Service is published on 28 February, met historian Dan Snow at the Museum who interviewed him about the book. Read more »
Australia’s first submarine HMAS AE1 has been found, after 103 years, read the story here.
Read more »The Friends of the RN Submarine Museum facilitated a visit by Michael Tibbs, his wife, Anne, and 14 family members to the RNSM on Saturday 25 November to celebrate his 96th birthday,
Leading Telegraphist Victor Crosby was shot dead by German military police and buried in an unmarked grave when he was barely 20 miles from Allied lines. Read more »
We are proud to announce that the new book HMS RORQUAL – Commanded by Lennox Napier DSO DSC June 1941-December 1943 by Christoper Napier OBE has been published on our website, Read more »
Last week, QinetiQ’s Graham Thorley, together with Lt Nick Groves RN helped raise awareness of the ‘Friends of the Royal Navy Submarine Museum’ by establishing a new promotional banner in the Supermess at HM Naval Base Clyde. Read more »
Announcing Gift Membership! The perfect present for the son or daughter who has it all! The Easter Present for those who, Read more »
These 360° pictures from the Museum were taken by Peter Jeanneret and are of The Remembrance Garden and HMS Alliance Control Room. Read more »
The Mountbatten Festival of Music was streamed live for the very first time last Saturday (25 March 2017). The Submarine Service featured heavily this year with two new pieces in the first half specially composed for us: Deterrence, Read more »
For those who got excited about the new Submarine Service tie I offer, with some trepidation, news of the new tartan! Read more »
The photo below of HMS SPRAT from Mary Thompson just begs a caption competition. No prizes, I’m afraid, just add your suggestion as a comment below. Read more »
X51 arrived at the Scottish Submarine Centre on time and was swiftly removed from the trailers. The Verslifts set to work to slip her into the building, Read more »
Good story here with recollection of Perkins Diesels involvement in the X Craft. Click on the picture to go to the story. Read more »
Would you like to see a section on the website containing old course photos? This might be a powerful testament to those who have served in boats over the years and fun too! Read more »
Capt John Edgell OBE, one-time C.O of HMS Tireless, Teacher etc and myself are currently engaged in the early stages of producing a film about Courageous. Read more »
Members can now read the first attempt at a comprehensive description of Submarine operations in the First World War. Submarine and Anti-submarine by Sir Henry Newbolt and published in 1919 is available in the reference documents section here. Read more »
As part of our plan to build up the reference content of the Friends website we have now published an archive of the past 10 years of All Round Look available from our Reference Documents page here. Read more »
Few people know of the Submarine Memorial Fund but it exists, as part of the RNBT, to support serving and former submariner ratings and their families. Read more »
Friends who still wear ties might we be interested in the new official Submarine Service Tie. As it says on the website: “…bringing together the colours of the White Ensign and the gold of the Submarine Service’s prestigious Dolphins badge. Read more »
Check out our new Reference Section telling the story of Submarine Victoria Crosses here