Category: Events

VE Day 75th Anniversary Street Party

As part of the 75th anniversary of VE Day, The Royal Navy Submarine Museum will be hosting a special street party. Revellers will be able to join in with traditional songs and dances from the era and meet World War Two re-enactors.  To help recreate the VE Day celebrations why not come along in wartime dress and bring along your own picnic.  Traditional family entertainment with games and storytelling will also be on offer. So  join us for what we expect to be the greatest social event of the year!

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The VE 75th Anniversary  Street Party hosted by The Royal Navy Submarine Museum

Friday 8th May 2020

Free entry to the event.


11am – 3pm

2019 AGM

AGM 2019 will take place on Friday 13 September 2019 at the Museum starting at 1800.  The calling notice is here.  To see who is attending click here.

Commonwealth War Grave Commission at the Museum 

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.  Below are the details for any of the Friends who would like to come along with any stories/objects or maybe interested in helping on the day.

Visiting with stories/objects

“Do you have any items related to the First World War?  Would you like to share and preserve these objects and stories for future generations? Bring your diaries, letters, photographs, memoirs, objects or stories about your family’s experience in the war to our Gosport Lest We Forget Roadshow, to be recorded and added to our freely-available, online archive.

“The Commonwealth War Graves Foundation is working in collaboration with Oxford University to create a digital archive of the First World War artefacts stored in bedrooms and attics across the UK. More information can be found here: “

Volunteering opportunity 

“The Commonwealth War Graves Foundation is working in collaboration with Oxford University to create a digital archive of First World War artefacts stored in bedrooms and attics across the UK. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund we will be staging events across the UK, encouraging people to bring along their family heirlooms to be included in the project. We will be holding a Roadshow event with the NMRN at the Submarine Museum in Gosport on the 13th of February.

Volunteering at the Gosport Roadshow is a great opportunity to hear local First World War stories and to see the objects that are associated with them first hand and to be involved in preserving them for future generations. There are a variety of volunteering roles to suit everybody.

Welcome team: you’ll welcome members of the public, explain the process, help them sign in and make sure they are comfortable if they have to wait. There will be roles on the front welcome desk as well as floor managers who will keep an eye on how busy things are and make sure that visitors are shown to interview desks when they become free.

Interview team: you’ll be interviewing visitors about the objects they bring in and their associated stories. There’ll be both interviewers and scribes, making sure that we record all the relevant details about the stories and objects. Like the welcome team, you’ll need a friendly manner to put visitors at their ease, and the ability to write quickly and clearly.

Digitisation team: you’ll be taking photos of the objects or scanning documents. You’ll need good attention to detail while handling fragile objects and making sure we capture everything of interest. You’ll also need some technical skills to operate the camera equipment, but these are easy to learn.

Uploading team: you’ll gather after the event to upload the stories to the Lest We Forget archive and attach the relevant images. You’ll need simple IT skills, but you’ll also have the opportunity to be the first to read through and see these unique stories and objects before they go public!

Training for all of the roles will be provided beforehand by our experienced team who will support and supervise the event. If you want to do more than one role, you will have the opportunity to swap around during the day so that everyone gets a chance to do everything they are interested in! If you are interested in volunteering, please write to, and let us know your preferred role(s). You can also use that email address if you have any questions about this project.

More information can be found here:

U Boats surrender at Harwich – again!

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, on Saturday 17 November.

The town is holding a special themed weekend with lots of special events such as talks, exhibitions and re-enactments to mark the moment 168 German U Boats surfaced off the Harwich shore at the end of the war.

A highlight is the special ‘U Boat train’ which will run from Manningtree to Harwich, where passengers can hear wartime songs and meet a sailor from the Royal Navy in 1918 who will tell them all about the surrender of the U Boats after the armistice on November 11th 1918.

The special trains have been organised by the Essex and South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership and will be decorated for the event.

Community Rail Officer, Terri Ryland, said, “People heading towards the commemoration events in Harwich are advised to travel on one of these trains for an immersive experience which will transport them back one hundred years, bringing the era back to life.”

Greater Anglia’s Community Partnerships Manager, Paul Haynes, said, “We are pleased to work with the Community Rail Partnership in putting on these special trains for this really important community event.”

The trains depart from Manningtree station at 10am and 11am on Saturday 17th November.

Tickets are just £5 return per adult and £3 return for children, under 5s go free”

Remembrance Sunday at the Museum

From our Vice Chairman, Jock McLees
Dear Friends of the Submarine Museum, as you are all well aware, this year is the hundredth anniversary of the end of the First World War and that anniversary falls on Sunday, 11th November 2018. Please remember that you are welcome to attend the service arranged by the Gosport Branch of the Submariners Association at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport. The order of Service includes a reading and the laying of a wreath by two members of the Friends Committee. If you are not already committed to attending a Service of Remembrance in your own area, and live nearby, you will be welcome at Our Museum.
The order of service is here.

Ask the Archives

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

They can help with research, from academic publications, to simply discovering more about naval history.

  • Ask the Archives’ is held every second Wednesday of each month. The next one is on 12 September.
  • Admission to the event is free for Friends
  • No need to book.

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. The event will run from 1030 – 1500.



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.  A programme with details of how to obtain tickets is here.

Society for Nautical Research (South) – Events

Details of events arranged by the Society for Nautical Research (South) are here.  Members are most welcome to apply for places.