Blyth and HMS Tiptoe

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 »

Museum Remembrance Area

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 »

Call for Assistance

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 »

Vice Admiral Talbot’s Family Visit

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 »

Ask the Archives

The Museum Archive will be open to all, with collections officers ready to answer any questions.

They can help with research, Read more »

Calling all budding artists!

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 »

Wait for me!

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 »

Tattoo Tales

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.

Silent and Secret

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 »

Your Submarine Museum Needs You!

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 »

Silent and Secret


“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 »

Author meets Historian

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 »

WW2 Veteran’s 96th Birthday Party

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,

Perisher 100 – Mountbatten Festival of Music

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 »

Caption Competition

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 Installed in New Home

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 »

Course Photos – Poll

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 »

New Book Added

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 »

All Round Look Archive

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 »

The Submarine Memorial Fund

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 »

Submarine Service Tie – Do you like it?

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 »