Maritime Museums UK List

Maritime and Naval Museums in Britain and Ireland. List compiled by Martin H. Evans and Janet West. © 2015.

This page lists about 290 museums and museum-ships in Britain and Ireland, in alphabetical order of their usual names. The list includes the major 'National' museums with budgets of millions of pounds and also many small regional and village museums that are run by dedicated local volunteers with negligible funding. The list is not a detailed guide to any of them, but primarily a means of locating them, contacting them and obtaining more detailed information from other sources. Some of the museums listed may be closed, either temporarily for refurbishment, or indefinitely. Never make a special journey to any museum without first confirming the opening times. Abbreviations and notes are explained at the bottom of this page.

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Aberdeen Maritime Museum

Shiprow, Aberdeen AB11 5BY (Aberdeenshire) Scotland

Tel: +44 (0)1224 337700; Lib, Edu & GV: 337710, 337713.
Fax: +44 (0)1224 213066

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Tue - Sat, 10:00 - 17:00; Sun 12:00 - 15:00. Closed Mondays.

Aberdeen's relationship with the sea: ship models, paintings etc. Aberdeen shipbuilding, fishing & whaling. North Sea oil & gas production. Aberdeen's port. Temporary special exhibitions. Shop & Cafe. Ongoing programme of refurbishment. ARC, Lib, Edu, GV.


Aldeburgh Museum
The Moot Hall, Market Cross Place, Aldeburgh, Suffolk IP15 5DS

Tel: +44 (0)1728 454666. Archives: 453659 or 452652. Tourism: 453637.

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: April - Oct: daily, 14:30-17:00 (12:00-17:00 in June-August).

Local history & archaeology. The lost port of Slaughden, lifeboat service, the seaside resort. Some ship models, items from Snape ship burial, maps of the coast, seashells & flora of the shore. Whalebone inn sign. Local archives incl photos BA. Edu & GV BA.


Alderney Society Museum
The Old School, High Street, St Anne's, Alderney, Channel Islands GY9 3TG

Correspondence to: Wreck & research correspondence to: Mr Mensun Bound, St Peter's College, New Inn Hall Street, Oxford OX1 2DL.

Tel: +44 (0)1481 823222
Fax: +44 (0)1481 824979

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Apr-Oct. Mon-Fri 10:00-12:00 14:30-16:30. Sat Sun am only. Or BA.

Material recovered from an Elizabethan shipwreck is diplayed, together with other items illustrating local maritime & military history, including the German occupation in WW2. Local history & archaeology. Temporary exhibitions. BA: ARC, DB, Lib, Edu, GV.


Alfred Corry Lifeboat Museum

Ferry Road, Southwold, Suffolk IP18 6NG

Tel: +44 (0)1502 723200, 724484

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: See website, but check by phone (dependent on volunteers).

Pulling & sailing lifeboat Alfred Corry (Southwold, 1893-1918) is being restored in a building once used by the Cromer lifeboat. A Norfolk & Suffolk Class boat, the Alfred Corry is a Core Collection Vessel on the National Register of Historic Vessels.


The American Museum in Britain
Claverton Manor, Bath, Bath & North East Somerset, BA2 7BD

Tel: +44 (0)1225 460503; Edu & GV: 823019
Fax: +44 (0)1225 469160

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Tues-Sun & BH, 12:00-17:00, Mar-Oct, part December. See website.

Part of this huge collection of Americana covers Yankee whaling: scrimshaw, whaling implements & a replica of a Captain's cabin. River traffic, immigration, ship models, trade. Dallas Pratt collection of maps & charts. Special exhibions. ARC Lib Edu GV BA


Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales Collections Centre
Heol Crochendy, Parc Nantgarw, South Wales CF15 7QT

Tel: +44 (0)29 2039 7951. 01792 638992 for Maritime & Transport.
Fax: +44 (0)29 2057 3561

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: BA, Mon-Fri 09:30-16:00. See websites for contact & visit info.

Reserve collection of artefacts, documents, paintings & images, in care of the National Museum Wales. Includes some Welsh maritime material, esp photos of ships & documents on shipping. Items from Bute Street museum. Reference Lib. Guided tours.


Anderton Boat Lift
Lift Lane, Anderton, Northwich, Cheshire CW9 6FW

Tel: +44 (0)1606 786777. 01606 872868 for GV
Fax: +44 (0)1606 872903

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Varies during the season: see the web-site or telephone.

Restored to original working order, this example of Victorian engineering was built 1875 to transfer canal vessels between the River Weaver & the Trent-Mersey Canal, a 50 ft height difference. Displays & facilities in Visitor Centre. Boat trips. Edu, GV BA.


Arbroath Signal Tower Museum
Ladyloan, Arbroath, Angus DD11 1PU, Scotland

Correspondence to: Museum & Art Gallery, Meffan Institute, 20 West High Street, Forfar, Angus DD8 1BB. Tel: 01307 464123.

Tel: +44 (0)1241 435329
Fax: +44 (0)1241 439263

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Tues - Sat 10:00-17:00. Closed Christmas & New Year periods.

Museum is in Signal Tower, the 1813 shore station for the Bell Rock Lighthouse. Illustrates local fishing & lighthouse keepers lives & history of Stevenson's lighthouse. Optic, bell & signal book from lighthouse. Maritime memorabilia. BA: ARC Edu GV.


Arbuthnot Museum

St. Peter Street, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire AB42 1QD, Scotland

Correspondence to: Aberdeenshire Heritage Education & Recreation Service, Station Road, Mintlaw, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire AB42 5EE

Tel: +44 (0)1779 477778 or (0)1771 622807
Fax: +44 (0)1771 622884

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Mon, Tues, Thurs - Sat. Closed Weds, Sun & BH.

Models of fishing boats: mid-19C scaffies to 20C motor fishing vessels. Models of 19C trading vessels & whalers. Arctic animals, whaling & related artefacts. Important collection of Inuit art. Temporary exhibitions. ARC, incl large photo collection. GV


Arctic Corsair (H320)
Moored behind Streetlife Museum, High Street, Hull HU1 1PS. Visitor Centre at Hull & East Riding Museum.

Correspondence to: Hull Museums Service, Ferens Art Gallery, Queen Victoria Square, Hull HU1 3RA. Tel: 01482 300300.

Tel: +44 (0)1482 300300 or 613902; Edu & GV: 07774 611411
Fax: +44 (0)1482 613710 for Hull Museums Service.

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Guided Tours: Wed, Sat, Sun, BH; mid April - Oct. Edu & GV BA.

Side-trawler, 764 gr. tons, built at Beverley 1960. Fished off Iceland, Greenland, Newfoundland until 1987. Now fully restored to 1960s condition. Visitors are shown main deck, bridge, radio & engine rooms, messroom, galley, fishrooms. Last Hull 'sidewinder'


Arklow Maritime Museum
Bridgewater Centre, Arklow, Co. Wicklow, Republic of Ireland.

Tel: +353 (0)402 32 868

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Tue-Sat 10:00-13:00, 14:00-17:00. GV BA on Sundays & Mondays.

Maritime history of Arklow illustrated by paintings (several by Ruben Chappell). Many ship models. Navigation, safety equipment, shipwrights' tools, fishing & sailors memorabilia. RNLI displays. Torpedoing of the Lusitania. Archs incl photos BA. Edu & GV BA.


Arlington Court

Arlington, Barnstaple, Devon EX31 4LP

Tel: +44 (0)1271 850296
Fax: +44 (0)1271 851108

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily, late March - end October. See NT website for winter times.

Among the displays and furnishings of this mansion are ship models, including Napoleonic PoW work. There is a collection of sea shells. The house was a Victorian period home, set in large gardens and grounds, and now belongs to the National Trust.


Avondale House and Forest Park.

Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow, Republic of Ireland.

Tel: +353 (0)404 46111
Fax: +353 (0)404 46333

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily 11:00-17:00, June-Aug; Tues-Sun + BH, Apr-May, Sept-Oct.

The "American Room" in this Georgian (1777) house is devoted to Admiral Charles Stewart who manned the USS Constitution during the 1812 war. Model of the ship. Birthplace of his grandson, Charles Stewart Parnell. GV Tours BA.


Barmouth Sailors' Institute, and Ty Gwyn and Ty Crwn

Quayside, Barmouth, Gwynedd, North Wales.

Correspondence to: Janet Griffiths, Craig Artro, Llanbedr, Powys LL42 1ET, Wales

Tel: +44 (0)1341 241333

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily, Apr-Oct; times vary or BA. Not Sundays in winter.

An interpretative display on the history of Barmouth and the Tudor house, with a strong maritime theme. Artefacts salvaged from the 'Bronze Bell' 1709 Genoese shipwreck, & other salvage including swivel guns, are on display in Ty Gwyn. Edu BA.


The Beacon

West Strand, Whitehaven, Cumbria CA28 7LY

Tel: +44 (0)1946 592302 (Answer machine AH)
Fax: +44 (0)1946 598150

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Tues - Sun 10:00 - 16:30. Also school & BH Mondays.

Whitehaven's social, industrial & maritime heritage. Displays include fishing, the maritime trade, nuclear power. Ship models & marine paintings. ARC, DB & Lib, all BA. AV, GV, Edu.


'HMS' Belfast (NHF-CC)
Morgans Lane or Queens Walk, off Tooley Street, London SE1 2JH. (South bank of River Thames, opposite the Tower of London)

Tel: +44 (0)20 7940 6300.
Fax: +44 (0)20 7403 0719

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily 10:00-18:00 (10:00-17:00 in winter), some exceptions.

WW2 light cruiser, 11,500 ton, 12 x 6 inch guns. Launched 1938. Much original armament in place. 9 decks open to view, from bridge to boiler & engine rooms, 4 gun turrets & magazines. Many explanatory videos & AV displays. CC. GV, MM/IMM. Edu BA


The Belfast Barge
1 Lanyon Quay, Belfast, Northern Ireland BT1 3LG (on the River Lagan, near Belfast Waterfront Concert Hall)

Tel: +44 (0)28 9023 2555

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily, 10:00-16:00

The floating barge includes a Maritime Exhibition showing the heritage of trade & shipbuilding at Belfast. Archives of plans & photographs. Recorded voices of men & women recollecting the industrial past. ARC, Edu. Also a cafe & entertainment venue.


Black Country Living Museum
Tipton Road, Dudley, West Midlands DY1 4SQ

Tel: +44 (0)121 557 9643; Edu, GV: 0121 520 8054; Curator: 521 5609
Fax: +44 (0)121 557 4242

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily 10:00-17:00 in summer. Wed-Sun in winter - see website.

This 26 acre site includes a boat dock, canal boats, blacksmith & chainmaker, boat-builder's tools, photos & documents. Dudley Canal Tunnel nearby. Site displays all aspects of local work & life: mining, metalworking, engineering & leisure. Edu, GV, BA.


Blake Museum
5 Blake Street, (off Dampiet St), Bridgwater, Somerset TA6 3NB

Tel: +44 (0)1278 456127

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Tues-Sat, 10:00-16:00. April - end October.

Robert Blake, Cromwell's 'General at Sea', was born here in 1598. Marine paintings, photos, ship models, shipwrights tools. History of the docks. Blake & Battle of Santa Cruz. Sailing ship Irene. Displays show history & heritage of the Bridgwater region. GV Edu


Blake's Lock Riverside Museum
Gas Works Road, Kenavon Drive, Reading, Berkshire RG1 3DH

Correspondence to: Reading Museum Service, Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH.

Tel: +44 (0)118 939 9800; Reading Museum: 0118 937 3400
Fax: +44 (0)118 939 9881

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily, 10:00-18:00 Apr - Sept; 10:00-15:00 Oct - March.

Reopened after refurbishment, displays in Turbine & Screen Houses illustrate Reading's relationship with rivers Thames & Kennet. Other displays incl temporary art shows. Run in association with adjacent restaurant-bar.


Bletchley Park
Sherwood Drive, Bletchley, Milton Keynes MK3 6EB [Bucks]

Correspondence to: Bletchley Park Ltd., The Mansion, Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes, MK3 6EB.

Tel: +44 (0)1908 640404 for all info & to book GV.
Fax: +44 (0)1908 272666

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily from 09:30 except Xmas. Groups of 20+ BA. See web-site.

Historic WW2 codebreaking centre. Enigma machines, rebuilt Bombe. Alan Turing gallery. Lorenz cipher. Japanese codes. Independent displays include: Radio Communications, Model Warship Collection. Colossus & Museum of Computing is adjacent. (ARC, Edu & GV: BA)


Boston Guildhall Museum
South Street, Boston, Lincolnshire PE21 6HT

Tel: +44 (0)1205 365954
Fax: +44 (0)1205 356656

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Weds - Sats 10:30 - 15:30

The old Guildhall has associations with The Pilgrim Fathers. It displays local archaeology, social history & art. Most of the maritime items once on display are now in storage. They can be accessed BA. Varying temporary exhbitions - see website. Edu BA.


Bridlington Harbour Heritage Museum
Harbour Road, Bridlington, East Yorkshire YO15 3AN

Correspondence to: Bridlington Sailing Coble Preservation Society, 3 Elma Villas, Bridlington, East Yorkshire YO16 4PA

Tel: +44 (0)1262 809598

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily, 10:00-16:00, Easter - Oct. Edu BA.

Small museum has ship models, dioramas, photos & artefacts to illustrate Bridlington's fishing & maritime past. Works by local artists in gallery. Local historical reenactments for school groups etc. Restored coble: "Three Brothers" (1912) nearby.


Bridport Museum and Art Gallery
South Street, Bridport, Dorset.

Correspondence to: Bridport Museum Trust, The Coach House, Gundry Lane, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3RJ. Tel: 01308 458703

Tel: +44 (0) 1308 458703
Fax: +44 (0) 1308 458704

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Mon-Sat, 10:00-17:00 Apr-Oct or BA. History Centre: Tues-Thurs.

Small museum of local history includes displays on important rope & net manufacture for ships & fishing. Temporary exhibitions. Local history research centre at The Coach House. ARC. Edu & GV BA.


Brightlingsea Museum
1 Duke Street, Brightlingsea, Essex CO7 0EA

Tel: +44 (0)1206 303286, 303384

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Easter - late Sept, Sat 10:00-16:00, Sun & Mon 14:00-17:00.

A small museum of local history. Displays on the Cinque Port Association, the local oyster industry & local ship building. Restoration of the Essex deep-sea smack "Pioneer", built 1864. Artefacts from the Colne Smack preservation Society. Edu, GV BA.


Brighton Fishing Museum
201 King's Road Arches, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1NB

Tel: +44 (0)1273 723064; Edu: 03000 290903.
Fax: +44 (0)1273 723064

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily, 10:00-17:00

Paintings, prints, photos & models show the Sussex fishing and pleasure-boat business. Two fishing boats. DB of fishing families & historical records, ARC, Edu: BA. AV, audio & films.


The Royal Yacht Britannia (NHF-CC)
Ocean Terminal, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6JJ, Scotland

Tel: +44 (0)131 555 5566. 0131 555 8800 for group bookings.
Fax: +44 (0)131 555 8835

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily from 09:30 (10:00 winter). Prebooking advisable in summer.

Most of the former Royal Yacht (launched 1953, decomm. 1997) is now open to view, incl the Royal Apartments, bridge, engine room, Officers' & Yachtsmen's cabins. Audio tours. Visitor Centre has photos of historic events & other information. Edu & GV BA.


Britannia Royal Naval College
Dartmouth, Devon TQ6 0HJ

Correspondence to: Britannia Association, BRNC, College Way, Dartmouth, Devon TQ6 0HJ (Tel: 01803 677565)

Tel: +44 (0)1803 834224 (Tourist Info Centre). 01803 677565 for GV.

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Escorted prebooked tours.

Guided or group tours allow access to parts of this Edwardian RN College. Displays of historic memorabilia: Napoleonic bone ship models & works of art in the Entrance Lobby. Quarterdeck, Chapel& Birley portrait gallery. Refurbished Museum. ARC & Lib BA.


British Military Powerboat Team
was British Military Powerboat Trust, at Marchwood, Southampton. BMPT has merged with Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust.

Tel: +44 (0)23 8066 3030
Fax: +44 (0)23 8066 3030

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: See BMPT website or telephone.

The Trust had many historic powerboats at the Marchwood site from 1999-2005. Some (FMB43957, FMB5004, HSL102, MGB81, ST1502) have gone to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, with archives. Other craft have returned to owners; a few had to be scrapped. See website.


Brixham Heritage Museum
The Old Police Station, New Road, Brixham, Devon TQ5 8LZ

Tel: +44 (0)1803 856267

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Tues-Sat. April-Oct: 10:00-16:00; winter: 10:00-13:00.

Local history, with much maritime material. Models of Brixham- built vessels, local smacks & trawling ketches. Shipbuilding, navigational instruments, reconstructed fisherman's cottage. The Torbay lifeboat. Military archaeology. ARC, Lib, Edu & GV BA.


The Museum of the Broads

The Staithe, Stalham, Norfolk NR12 9DA

Tel: +44 (0)1692 581681
Fax: +44 (0)1692 581681

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily, Easter - end October, 10:30-17:00. See website for events.

The Broads wetlands. Peat digging, reclamation, ecology, tourism. Story of Norfolk boats, wherries, boatbuilding & sailmaking. Reed cutting, eeling, punt gunning. Flood control. Boats, engines, models & photos. ARC, AV, Edu, GV, Lib, BA. Trips on steam launch


'HMS' Bronington (NHF)
Was at Historic Warships at Birkenhead. Now temporarily berthed at West Float, in Birkenhead. Not accessible to the public.

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: The warships collection closed to visitors in February 2006

A 'Ton' Class minesweeper/minehunter ship, launched 1953. Renamed HMS Humber 1954-58. Commanded by HRH The Prince of Wales in 1976. Paid off 1988. Transferred to Birkenhead in 2002. Inaccessible to visitors. In poor condition. Scrapping probable.


The Brunel Institute
Adjacent to Brunel's ss Great Britain, Great Western Dockyard, Bristol BS1 6TY

Tel: +44 (0)117 9260680
Fax: +44 (0)117 9255788

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Tues-Frid, some Sats. See website for ID requirements.

Collection of ship plans, models & photographs. David MacGregor library of maritime books & periodicals. Archive of Brunel items, passenger & crew diaries, films & photographs.The Institute encourages ship conservation, seminars, education. Talks. Edu, GV


Buckhaven Museum
Above Buckhaven Library, 3 College Street, Buckhaven, Leven KY8 1LD, Scotland

Correspondence to: Fife Council, 16 East Fergus Place, Kirkcaldy KY1 1XT

Tel: +44 (0)1592 583202; (0)3451 555555.

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Tue, Thu - Sat (except BH). Times vary with the library hours.

A small museum displaying local history, especially fishing off the East coast of Scotland. Photos, boat models, nets & fishing gear. Also local mining industries. "Working Lives" & "Changing Buckhaven" displays.


Buckie & District Fishing Heritage Centre
The Heritage Cottage, Town Hall Buildings, Cluny Place, Buckie Banffshire, Scotland AB56 1HB (next to the Public Library).

Tel: +44 (0)1542 834702

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Mon-Fri 10:00-16:00, Sat 10:00-13:00, Apr-Sept. See website.

Model boats, fishing artefacts & photos illustrate local history & traditions of fishing & boat building. Lib, ARC, DB of locally built boats. Displayed in enlarged and renovated galleries. Edu.& GV BA. Nearby Peter Anson Gallery displays marine paintings.


Buckler's Hard Maritime Museum
Buckler's Hard Village, Beaulieu, Brockenhurst, Hampshire SO42 7XB

Tel: +44 (0)1590 616203 or 614777. Edu & GV: 01590 614645.
Fax: +44 (0)1590 612624

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily, 10:00-17:30 April-Sept, 10:00-16:30 winter.

Picturesque village was important 18C shipyard. Some cottages now recreate life of 18C shipwright, inn, etc. The museum displays a model of the 18C village, model ships, shipbuilders tools, plans, pictures and memorabilia. Nelson connections. ARC, Edu GV: BA.


Bude Heritage Centre and Gallery
The Castle, Bude, Cornwall EX23 8LG

Correspondence to: Heritage Centre Manager, The Castle, Bude, Cornwall EX23 8LG

Tel: +44 (0)1288 357300; Library & Archives: 357303.

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Sun-Friday, Easter-Oct 10:00-16:00, winter: Mon-Frid 11:00-16:00.

Museum of local history & geology. Bude as a port, seaside resort & boatbuilding. Figureheads & other salvage illustrate shipwrecks & local lifesaving. Shipwreck photographs. Ship models & trade. Located in former home of Sir Goldsworthy Gurney. ARC & Edu BA.


Burnham-on-Crouch and District Museum
The Quay/Coronation Road, Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex CM0 8AS

Tel: +44 (0)1621 782184

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Easter-Nov: Sat, Sun, Wed, 14:00-17:00. Also BH & School Holidays

Small museum displays local history, agriculture & archeology. Fishing & boat building, the local oyster fishery. Sailing boat on ground floor represents local yachting & leisure sailing. Archives hold documents & photographs. Library. Edu & GV BA.


Burton Art Gallery and Museum
Kingsley Road, Bideford, Devon EX39 2QQ

Tel: +44 (0)1237 471455
Fax: +44 (0)1237 473813

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily. Mon-Sat: 10:00-16:00 (-17:00 in August); Sun: 11:00-16:00

Eight bone PoW ship models. Photos of riverside wharfs, diorama of limestone trade. Other displays show local pottery, pewter & silverwork. Paintings include marine subjects & local interest. Occasional events & temporary exhibitions. Edu & Craft gallery.


Campbeltown Museum

St John Street & Hall St, Campbeltown, Argyll PA28 6BS, Scotland

Tel: +44 (0)1586 559000 or 01546 510278; Edu: 01586 559017.
Fax: +44 (0)1586 552938

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Mon-Fri usually 09:00-12:30, 13:30-17:00. Confirmation advised.

Main collection covers archaeology, social & industrial history of Kintyre. Maritime collection is being expanded, with emphasis on local fishing. Ship models, half hulls, marine paintings. Social history. Lib, ARC. Reopened after refurbishment.


Captain Cook and Staithes Heritage Centre
High Street, Staithes, (near Whitby, North Yorkshire)

Correspondence to: Captain Cook & Staithes Heritage Centre, High Street, Staithes, Saltburn-by-the-Sea TS13 5BQ

Tel: +44 (0)1947 841454

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: daily, 10:00-17:00 from Feb to Dec. Sat & Sun only in Jan.

The life, voyages & death of James Cook, illustrated by prints of his last (1776-79) voyage, charts, models & many other exhibits. Many photos of "Steers" fishing families. Local fishing & mining. Sanderson records (Cook's 1st employer). Lib, ARC, AV, Edu, GV.


Captain Cook Birthplace Museum

Stewart Park, Marton, Middlesbrough TS7 8AT

Tel: +44 (0)1642 311211; Winter months: 01642 813781. Edu: 515656
Fax: +44 (0)1642 515659

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Tue-Sun, 09:30-16:30, April-November.

Displays show Cook's early life & his voyages of exploration in the Pacific Ocean. Ethnographic material from Pacific islands. Models, navigation & scientific instruments. Memorabilia & maritime history. ARC, AV, IMM, GV, Edu Resource Centre & Lib. BA


Captain Cook Memorial Museum
John Walker's House, Grape Lane, Whitby, North Yorkshire YO22 4BA

Tel: +44 (0)1947 601900 for enquiries, pre-booking GV, education etc.
Fax: +44 (0)1947 601900

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily, mid-Feb to early Nov. BA in winter. See website.

The quay-side house celebrates James Cook's life & achievements. Models of his Whitby-built ships. Charts of explorations, letters& personal memorabilia. Paintings by W. Hodges & J. Webber of the voyages. See web-site for Special Exhibitions. ARC, Edu & Lib BA.


Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum
101 High Street, Great Ayton, North Yorkshire TS9 6NB

Tel: +44 (0)1642 724296, Edu: +44 (0)1642 725118

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily, Apr - Oct: 13:00-16:00. (July & Aug: 11:00-16:00 daily).

Reconstruction of early 18C schoolroom, in the Postgate school where James Cook was taught. Displays on his family, early life & achievements. Navigation. Items owned by his widow Elizabeth. GV, Edu, IMM. Recently refurbished. A modern statue of Cook nearby.


Castle Cornet
St Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands GY1

Correspondence to: Guernsey Museums & Galleries, Candie Gardens, St Peter Port, Guernsey, C.I. GY1 1UG Tel: (01481) 726518

Tel: +44 (0)1481 721657. Edu & GV: +44 (0)1481 747265.

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily, end of March - beginning of November. Usually 10:00-17:00

Mediaeval castle includes a maritime museum with marine art, ship models, tools, navigation instruments & figureheads. Finds from a Gallo-Roman period shipwreck & later wrecks. Admiral Saumarez regalia. Castle also has military & other collections. Edu, GV.


HMS Cavalier (D73) (NHF)
Chatham Historic Dockyard, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TE

Tel: +44 (0)1634 823800; Info-Line: (0)1634 823807.
Fax: +44 (0)1634 823801

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily, mid-February - end-November, from 10:00. Check website.

Cavendish class destroyer. Launched 1944, served with Arctic & Atlantic convoys. 2106/2530 tons, 362 ft. Decommissioned in 1972. The last surviving British WW2 destroyer, preserved as a memorial to the 142 RN destroyers & their crews lost during WW2. GV.


Ceredigion Museum
Coliseum, Terrace Road, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 2AQ, Wales

Tel: +44 (0)1970 633088
Fax: +44 (0)1970 633084

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Mon - Sat; 10:00-17:00 in summer, 12:00-16:30 in winter.

There is a Seafaring gallery in this interesting museum, in a restored Edwardian theatre. Many paintings of local sailing ships and information about Ceredigion ports. Other displays on local crafts & industries. Periodic art exhibitions. Edu & GV BA.


Chatham Dockyard Historical Society
The Museum of the Royal Dockyard, Chatham Historic Dockyard, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TE

Tel: +44 (0)1634 832028

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily, 10:30-16:30, Feb to late October. Weekends in November.

The Museum incorporates the CDHS collection of dockyard & naval artefacts, from the Society's independent museum, with the Historic Dockyard's own collection. Models, weapons, ships' badges, photos & memorabilia. Royal Dockyard Library BA.


Chatham Historic Dockyard
Dock Road, Chatham, Kent.

Correspondence to: Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TE

Tel: +44 (0)1634 823800; Info line: 823807; Lib: 823840
Fax: +44 (0)1634 823801

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily, mid-Feb to end-November, 10:00-16:00/18:00 (see website)

Ex-naval dockyard buildings house "Hearts of Oak" shipbuilding display, Victorian ropewalk, new gallery in Smithery, Lifeboat! etc, on 80 acre site. 3 warships (Cavalier, Gannet, Ocelot; qv). ARC Edu GV Lib. See also: Chatham Dockyard Historical Society.


The Classic Boat Museum
Albany Road, East Cowes, Isle of Wight PO32 6AA

Tel: +44 (0)1983 290006; gallery: 01983 244101

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Tues-Sat 10:00-16:00. Winter: Tues, Fri, Sat 10:30-15:30.

More than 50 classic rowing boats, canoes, small sailing boats & power-boats, still used at events. See website for named list. Model boats & photo archive. Art Gallery nearby in Columbine Road. ARC, GV, Lib. Edu BA.


Collection of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers
Was at: The Clock Room, Guildhall Library, Aldermanbury, London.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7332 1865 or 1868 (The Guildhall Library).
Fax: +44 (0)20 7600 3384

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Closed, while the collection is moved to the Science Museum.

Collection includes some marine chronometers, 18-20C. Harrison's H.5 Longitude watch (1770) & replica of his first (c 1730) Marine Timekeeper. Others include Sully (France 1724), Emery (1792) Croucher (1830) & recent marine chronometers.


Clydebank Museum
Town Hall, Dumbarton Road, Clydebank, Dunbartonshire G81 1UE, Scotland

Tel: +44 (0)141 562 2400. Edu: 01389 772 137.
Fax: +44 (0)141 952 8260

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Usually Mon-Sat 10:00-16:30 but phone for confirmation.

The collection of local social & industrial history includes material on ship-building & engineering. Ship models. Large collection of Singer sewing machines. Local history video tapes available BA. AV, Edu, GV BA. Temporary exhibitions - enquire.


Cobh Museum
High Road, Cobh, Co. Cork, Republic of Ireland

Tel: +353 (0)21 4814240
Fax: +353 (0)21 4811018

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: April-Oct; Mon-Sat: 11:00-13:00, 14:00-17:30; Sun: 14:30-17:30.

Social & maritime history. Items related to Lusitania, Cunard, Titanic & other memorabilia. Model ships, photos of US Naval Force in 1917. Marine paintings. Museum is in the former Presbyterian ("Scots") Church. GV, Edu & Research facils BA.


HMS Collingwood's Historic Collection of Naval Radar & Radio
HMS Collingwood, Newgate Lane, Fareham, Hampshire PO14 1AS

Tel: +44 (0)1329 332535 (Mondays 10:00-15:00); alternative 843929.

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: BA, normally Mondays 09:00-15:00. Telephone 01329 332535.

Important collection of Naval comms, radar, sonar, D/F & testing equipment & prototypes. Some early ship WT equipment, but mostly WW2 period or later. Some captured equipment. Now housed in new but smaller rooms. Some of the previous collection dispersed.


National Coracle Centre
Cenarth Falls, Newcastle Emlyn, Carmarthenshire SA38 9JL, Wales

Tel: +44 (0)1239 710980, 710507.
Fax: +44 (0)1239 710980.

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Sun-Friday, 10:30-17:30; Easter to end September. BA in winter.

A collection of Welsh coracles and similar craft from Vietnam, India, Tibet, Iraq & N. America. The craft & tools of coracle making. The uses of coracles for fishing & poaching. Edu & GV BA. Adjacent to ancient flour mill and falls on the River Teifi.


Cotehele Quay Museum
Cotehele Quay, St Dominick, Saltash, Cornwall PL12 6TA

Tel: +44 (0)1579 351346, 350830.
Fax: +44 (0)1579 351222 (National Trust at Cotehele House)

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily, except Fridays, March - early Nov. See website for details

Shamrock (1899). River Tamar sailing barge, restored in 1970s. Ketch rig, 37 tonnes, 57 ft length. Quayside Discovery Centre tells story of Shamrock, & West Country river & coastal trade. (Branch of National Maritime Museum & National Trust)


Cowes Maritime Museum
Library & Museum, Beckford Road, Cowes, Isle of Wight PO31 7SG

Correspondence to: IoW County Museum & Heritage Service, The Guildhall, High Street, Newport PO30 1TY, Isle of Wight

Tel: +44 (0)1983 823433. IoW Heritage Librarian: 01983 203880.
Fax: +44 (0)1983 823841

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Mon, Tues, Fri & Sat, 10:00-17:00 (-16:30 Sats). Closed on BH.

Small local museum diplays model ships, photos & plans related to the ship-building and present yacht building industry. Small sail boats. Lifeboat material. Photographic archive & Lib, GV, BA. (also see: Sir Max Aitken Museum at West Cowes)


Crail Museum and Heritage Centre
62/64 Marketgate, Crail, Anstruther, Fife, Scotland KY10 3TL

Tel: +44 (0)1333 450869
Fax: +44 (0)1333 450869

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily, June-Sept, 11:00-16:00, Sundays 13:00-16:00, or BA.

18C building, in a pleasant fishing port, displays the history of the ancient Royal Burgh. Fishing & seafaring. Artifacts from wrecks. Crail airfield: WW1; WW2 as HMS Jackdaw; HMS Bruce - Boys Training Establishment; Language school for armed forces. GV BA.


Cromer Museum
East Cottages: next to the Parish Church, Cromer, Norfolk. Entrance from Church Street

Correspondence to: Cromer Museum, East Cottages, Tucker Street, Cromer, Norfolk NR27 9HB

Tel: +44 (0)1263 513543; edu: 01263 517965.
Fax: +44 (0)1263 511651

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Mon-Fri 10:00-16:00; Sat noon-16:00; Sun 13:00-16:00. Apr-Oct.

Renovated fishermen's cottages show an 1890s fisherman's home. Displays on local geology & archaeology. Poppyland & seaside holidays. Major photograph collection. Prints, paintings & maps. Coastal trade & crab fishing. Crab-boat in yard. ARC, Edu & GV.


Cromer RNLI Henry Blogg Museum
The Rocket House, The Gangway, Cromer, Norfolk NR27 9ET.

Tel: +44 (0)1263 511294.
Fax: +44 (0)1263 513047.

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Tue-Sun 10:00-17:00 (10am-4pm spring & autumn) Dec w/e, Jan shut.

Museum holds lifeboat "H.F. Bailey" ON777 (1935-45). Life and medals of Coxswain Henry Blogg, GC, BEM. Service boards & other displays tell the history of Cromer lifeboats since 1805. Model Lifeboats, RNLI artefacts, paintings, photos, AV films. Edu GV BA


Cutty Sark Clipper Ship (NHF-CC)
King William Walk, Greenwich, London SE10 9HT

Tel: +44 (0)20 8858 2698. 020 8312 6608 to book tickets, Edu, GV.
Fax: +44 (0)20 8858 6976

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily 10:00-17:00 (last admission 16:00). Tickets bookable.

Historic clipper ship. Composite wooden hull on iron frame, built 1869 for tea trade, then in Australian wool trade. Fully restored with glass surround. Space below hull has figureheads collection, small theatre, cafe. All decks accessible. Edu, GV.


Dartmouth Museum
The Butterwalk, Duke Street, Dartmouth, Devon TQ6 9PZ

Tel: +44 (0)1803 832923

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Tue-Sat 10:00-16:00, Sun, Mon 13:00-16:00. Winter: daily 12-3 pm.

Large collection of ship models, incl 26 ships in bottles. Bone PoW & glass model ships. Marine & other paintings. Memorabilia of WW2. A large archive of local photographs. ARC & Edu BA. Museum is in a 17C merchant's house & has been refurbished.


Deal Maritime and Local History Museum
22 St George's Road, Deal, Kent CT14 6BA

Tel: +44 (0)1304 372098 (recorded info). Enquiries in writing/email.

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Apr-Oct, Tue-Sun + BH Mon. Opening times vary month-to-month.

Real & model boats: Deal oared galley. A Deal punt. Boat-yard. Figure-heads, sternboards, the pilots & the lifeboats. Pictures, prints, memorabilia of boatmen. Royal Marines. ARC. Edu & GV BA. The Timeball Tower, on Victoria Parade, is of maritime interest.


The Deep
Tower Street (off Garrison Road, A.63), [Kingston upon] Hull, [ex East Riding of Yorkshire, ex Humberside]

Correspondence to: The Deep, Tower Street, Hull, HU1 4DP

Tel: +44 (0)1482 381000 (Option 3 to make a group or school booking)

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily (ex Christmas) 10:00-18:00 Last entry 17:00, 15:00 for Edu.

Large aquarium in innovative new building. Smaller tanks display specimen marine life. AV & interactive displays explain origins of life in the oceans, marine exploration & ecology. Facilities for conferences & school workshops. Cafeteria. Edu, GV BA.


Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank
Castle Street, Dumbarton, Dunbartonshire G82 1QS, Scotland.

Tel: +44 (0)1389 763444
Fax: +44 (0)1389 743093

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Mon - Sat, 10:00-16:00 (excluding Christmas to New Year period)

The world's first commercial experiment tank, built 1882 for the William Denny & Bros Shipyard. The 100 metre long water tank is still in working order for testing hull design. Administered by the Scottish Maritime Museum. Hydrodynamics colln. Edu & GV BA.


Derry Harbour Museum
Harbour Square, Derry, Co Londonderry, Northern Ireland

Correspondence to: Heritage & Museum Service, Harbour Museum, Harbour Square, Derry BT48 6AF, Northern Ireland.

Tel: +44 (0)28 7137 7331
Fax: +44 (0)28 7137 7633

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Closed to the public. Telephone to access archives.

Ship models, maps and pictures related to the maritime heritage of Derry. The "Iona Curragh" 1963 repro of ancient boat. Half- hulls. Archaeological finds. In 1882 HQ of the Londonderry Port & Harbour Commissioners. ARC BA. See also Derry Tower Museum.


Derry Tower Museum
Union Hall Place, Derry, Co Londonderry, Northern Ireland. BT48 6LU

Tel: +44 (0)28 7137 2411
Fax: +44 (0)28 7136 6018

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily 10:00-18:00 (Thurs -20:00, Sun noon-16:00) Winter: Tue-Sat.

Museum displays the story of Derry. Exhibition of La Trinidad Valencera Armada shipwreck. Artefacts include cannon, textiles, coins, pottery, pewter dishes & personal possessions. Educational materials. Special exhibitions. Edu & GV BA.


Derry Workhouse Museum
23 Glendermott Road, Waterside, Derry, Co Londonderry, BT48 6BG, Northern Ireland.

Tel: +44 (0)28 7136 5151 ext 8252 for Museums Service.

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Closed indefinitely.

The Atlantic Memorial on first floor presented the role of Derry during the WW2 Battle of the Atlantic, and its effects on the City. This museum closed on 5 April 2014.


Devonport Naval Heritage Site & Visitor Centre
off Granby Way, Devonport, Plymouth PL1 4HG

Correspondence to: Heritage Centre Manager, QHM Building M049, HMNB Devonport, Plymouth PL2 2BG

Tel: +44 (0)1752 554200 or 552326 to book visit. Admin: 552907.

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: BA, for groups. Phone 01752 554200. Occasional Open Days.

Tours of galleries & naval vessels. Figureheads, shipbuilding, uniforms. Transition from sail to steam. Victualling & supply of naval ships. Police museum. Devonport dockyard & Plymouth in war and peace. GV BA only. ARC, Edu BA.


Discovery Museum
Blandford Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear NE1 4JA

Tel: +44 (0)191 232 6789; Arch: (0191) 277 2248; Edu: 277 2243
Fax: +44 (0)191 230 2614

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Mon-Fri 10:00-16:00, Sat, Sun 11:00-16:00

Restored hull of Turbinia (1894, CC) fills entrance. Other ship& engine models, Parsons material. Maritime gallery shows models: medieval to cased steamship builder's models (large Mauretania & HMS Nelson). Docks. RNLI. MM, GV. Edu, ARC BA


Discovery Point
Discovery Quay, Dundee DD1 4XA, Scotland

Tel: +44 (0)1382 309060
Fax: +44 (0)1382 225891

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily from 10:00 (11:00 Sundays) until 18:00, or 17:00 in winter.

Royal Research Ship "Discovery" (CC) built for 1901-4 Antarctic expedition of the RGS & Robert Falcon Scott. Displays, film & school facilities aboard & in quay-side centre explain the ship & polar exploration. Special exhibitions. AV. BA: ARC, Edu & GV.


The Diving Museum
No. 2 Battery, Stokes Bay Road, Gosport, Hampshire PO12 2QU

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Weekends & BH, 11:00-16:00, April-October, or BA.

A large collection of commercial, Royal Navy & Soviet diving equipment. Historical equipment, sport diving. GV & Edu BA. Museum was recently created by the Historical Diving Society.


The Dock Museum
North Road, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria LA14 2PW

Tel: +44 (0)1229 876400
Fax: +44 (0)1229 811361

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Wed-Sun, 11:00-16:00. Closed on Bank Holidays.

Displays of ship & boat building in Barrow. Collection of Vickers ship models, mainly 1900-1935. RN submarines. Vickers archives. Paintings. Historic boats, uniforms, navigation. Graving dock. Temporary exhibitions. BA: Edu & GV, ARC: Vickers photos, etc.


Dolphin Yard Sailing Barge Museum
Crown Quay Lane, Sittingbourne, Kent.

Tel: +44 (0)1795 520491, 471725

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Closed since October 2008 due to fire. Unlikely to reopen.

Was a small museum about Thames Sailing Barges. Barge models, plans, pictures. Shipwright's, blacksmith's & riggers' tools. Much of the collection was destroyed in a fire in 2008. The barge Cambria (1906 - DV) is now based at Faversham.


Dover Museum
Market Square, Dover, Kent CT16 1PB

Tel: +44 (0)1304 201066
Fax: +44 (0)1304 241186

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Mon-Sat, 09:30-17:00; also Sun 10:00-15:00 between April-Sept.

Museum of local history & archaeology now displays part of a bronze age boat discovered in 1992. Other displays relate to Dover in the two wars, cross-channel swimmers, coal mining, ship breaking. Many ship models, maps & pictures. ARC, Lib, Edu, GV


Dunbrody Famine Ship
South Quay, New Ross, Co. Wexford, Republic of Ireland

Tel: +353 (0)51 425239
Fax: +353 (0)51 425240

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Normally daily, 09:00-18:00. Guided tours. Winter: 09:00-17:00.

Modern replica of the Dunbrody (1845), a 3-masted barque that carried many Irish emigrants to the New World (mainly Canada). Costumed "crew" & "emigrants" tell the story of mass emigration, following the Great Famine of 1846-47. Edu & GV.


Dunwich Museum
St. James's Street, Dunwich, Suffolk.

Correspondence to: The Manager, Dunwich Museum, St James Street, Dunwich, Saxmundham IP17 3DT.

Tel: +44 (0)1728 648 796. Alternative for Edu bookings: 07979 428 058.

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily 11:30-16:30 April-Sept. March: weekends pm; Oct: daily pm.

Maritime objects include a large "Admiralty" anchor & a bronze 16 century cannon. Museum tells the history of Dunwich: a major mediaeval ship-building, fishing & trading harbour destroyed by storm in 1286 & 1328, the town lost to erosion. Lib. Edu GV BA


Duxford Airfield (Imperial War Museum)
Duxford, Cambridgeshire, CB22 4QR

Tel: +44 (0)1223 835000; Edu: 01223-499341.
Fax: +44 (0)1223 837267

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily, 10:00-18:00 in summer; (10:00-16:00 end-Oct to mid-March)

Fleet Air Arm, USN & USMC planes & helicopters. Avro Shackleton. Hanger 3 "Air & Sea": RN fixed, folding & rotary wing aircraft, Vosper MTB, 1916 Coastal Motor Boat & Baltic ops in 1919. Fritz-X anti-ship bomb. WW1 U-boat gun. ARC, Edu & GV BA. Airshow days.


Emsworth Museum

10b North Street, Emsworth (near Havant), Hampshire PO10 7DD

Tel: +44 (0)1243 378091 (373780 for Hon. Sec.)

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Sat, Sun (pm) & BH, Easter/April- end Oct. See website details.

Local history museum includes maritime photos, prints & mementos. Local yachting & shipping. Models of large oyster smack ECHO and a Thames barge. Local fishing families, boatbuilding, oysters. A small library. Temporary exhibitions. AV. BA: Edu, ARC, GV.


Explosion! Museum of Naval Firepower.
Priddy's Hard Heritage Area, Gosport, Hampshire PO12 4LE (Was the Naval Ordnance Museum at the RN armaments depot)

Tel: +44 (0)23 9250 5600; 5603 for GV. Edu: 02392 545033.
Fax: +44 (0)23 9250 5605

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily 10:00-17:00 Apr - Oct; Weekends 10:00-16:00 in winter.

History of naval ordnance, from gunpowder in the age of sail to modern missiles. Displays of smallarms, torpedoes, mines, cannon,& munitions manufacture. Centred on historic Grand Magazine. See website for special events & lectures. Edu & GV BA.


Eyemouth Maritime Centre and World of Boats
Harbour Road, Eyemouth, Berwickshire, Scottish Borders TD14 5SS.

Tel: +44 (0)18907 51020

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily, 10:00-17:00 April-Nov.

Collection of about 400 classic, ethnic, working & pleasure boats based on the former Exeter Maritime Museum and ISCA collection. Model craft, photographic collection & ISCA archives. Lib, Edu & GV BA. Regular special temporary exhibitions: see website.


Eyemouth Museum
Auld Kirk, Manse Road, Eyemouth, Scottish Borders TD14 5JE, Scotland

Tel: +44 (0)1890 751701

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Mon-Sat 10:00-16:00, Sun 12:00-16:00, Apr-October.

Folk life and fishing museum. A large tapestry commemorates the local fishing disaster of 1881. Varying exhibitions during the season. Reconstructed fisherman's cottage kitchen. Edu, GV. The World of Boats collection of small craft is nearby.


Felixstowe Landguard Fort
Viewpoint Road, Felixstowe, Suffolk IP11 3TW (adjacent to Felixstowe Museum (qv) & harbour viewing area)

Tel: +44 (0)1394 675900

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily, April-October 10:00-17:00. See website for exceptions.

The Landguard Fort is a classic 1870s coastal defence battery. Casemates, magazines with lamp passages & shell hoists. Barracks. Repro 12.5 inch RML gun. Built on earlier coastal fort of 1744. See website for details of tours, special events, Edu & GV.


Felixstowe Museum
Viewpoint Road, Felixstowe, Suffolk IP11 3TW (adjacent to the Landguard Fort (qv) & harbour viewing area)

Tel: +44 (0)1394 674355 (museum answerphone)
Fax: +44 (0)1394 672284

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Sun & BH Mon pm, Easter-Oct, & Weds June-Sept & Thurs in August.

Paddle steamer models, artefacts & paintings. Ship models. Uniforms & ephemera. Coastal forces in WW2, with models & photos. Site once used for submarine minelaying. Local history, militaria& archaeology. Special exhibitions. BA: ARC Edu GV & Lib


Ferens Art Gallery
Queen Victoria Square, [Kingston-upon-]Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire HU1 3RA

Correspondence to: Hull City Council, Queen Victoria Square, Hull HU1 3RA.

Tel: +44 (0)1482 613902. Hull City Council: 01482 300 300.
Fax: +44 (0)1482 613710

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Mon-Sat 10:00-17:00, Sundays 13:30-16:30. Shut on Good Friday.

A general art gallery, with a significant collection of marine paintings by John Ward, Henry Redmore, Francis Hustwick, Thomas Somerscales, etc. Edu, Lib & GV, all BA. Nice cafe. See also the Maritime Museum, The Hull & East Riding Museum & ARCTIC CORSAIR.


Filey Museum

8-10 Queen Street, Filey, North Yorkshire YO14 9HB

Tel: +44 (0)1723 515013

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily, Good Friday - late Oct, 11:00-17:00 (Sat 14:00-17:00).

Small museum of local history. Emphasis on maritime heritage: fishing, lifeboats, seashore. Ships' tools, fishermen's clothing, models. Many early local photos. Replica bait shed. Salmon coble. Additional ARC at Council Offices. GV BA - schools & adults.


Fishermen's Heritage Centre (was Henry R Upcher Lifeboat Museum)
West End Fishermen's Slipway, West Cliff, Sheringham, Norfolk NR26 8JT

Tel: +44 (0)1263 824187

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Usually daily, pm only, Easter/May to end Sept. Confirm first.

Display of Sheringham's privately funded (non-RNLI) lifeboats in historic fishing sheds. The Henry Ramey Upcher (1894) pulling and sailing lifeboat with Service Boards 1894-1935. Boat models, photos. Lt Upcher's seachest. Edu, GV BA. Shell Gallery adjacent.


Fishing Heritage Centre
Alexandra Dock, [Great] Grimsby, North-East Lincolnshire DN31 1UZ

Tel: +44 (0)1472 323345
Fax: +44 (0)1472 323555

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Tues - Sun & BH Mon: 10:00-17:00 Apr-Oct. 10:00-16:00 Nov-March.

Lifesized tableaux show the life of trawlermen fishing & ashore. Replica wheelhouse, radio room, quarters. Ship models, charts, fishing artefacts & AV commentaries on social life of fishermen. Tours of 1950s trawler Ross Tiger. Large photo arch. Edu GV MM.


Fleet Air Arm Museum
Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton, near Ilchester, Somerset

Correspondence to: Fleet Air Arm Museum, RNAS Yeovilton, Ilchester, Somerset BA22 8HT

Tel: +44 (0)1935 840565; 842633 to book Edu visit & GV
Fax: +44 (0)1935 842630

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily Apr-Oct 10:00-17:30. In winter: Wed-Sun 10:00-16:30.

100 years of Naval aviation: large collection of aircraft. Ship & plane models, weapons, medals & uniforms, paintings & documents. Aircraft Carrier Experience. Large photo archive. Search service. Frequent displays & special events. (ARC, Lib, Edu & GV all BA)


Fleetwood Museum
Queens Terrace, Fleetwood, Lancashire FY7 6BT

Tel: +44 (0)1253 876621
Fax: +44 (0)1253 878088

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Tue-Sat, 11:00-16:00, April - Oct.

Maritime Fleetwood: fishing, cargo trade, lifeboats & trawlers of the RNPS in WW2. Illustrated by displays including replica bridge of a trawler, ship models, paintings & hands-on exhibits. Housed in 1836 Custom House. Historic boats. ARC AV/IMM DB Edu GV Lib


Fort Grey Shipwreck Museum
Rocquaine Bay, St Peter's, Guernsey, Channel Islands GY7 9BY

Correspondence to: Guernsey Museums & Galleries, Candie Gardens, Guernsey, Channel Islands. Tel: (01481) 726518

Tel: +44 (0)1481 265036. Edu & GV: 01481 747264/747265

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily, 10:00-16:30, Apr - Oct

Housed in a coastal Martello tower (1804) is an exhibition of items from Naval & merchant vessels wrecked nearby. Underwater survey of HMS Sprightly (wrecked 1777). Displays of navigation & lighthouse items. Cannon from HMS Boreas (wrecked 1807). Edu.


Fort Victoria Museum
Fort Victoria Country Park, Westhill Lane, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight PO41 0RR

Correspondence to: Maritime Archaeology Trust, Room 014/11, National Oceanography Centre, Empress Dock, Southampton, SO14 3ZH Tel: 02380 593290

Tel: +44 (0)1983 761214. General enquiries & Edu: (0)2380 237300

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Tuesdays-Thursdays, 11:00-15:00, April - October

Sunken Secrets displays artefacts & videos about shipwrecks & underwater archaeology around the Solent. An aquarium adjacent. In part of 19C coastal fortress. Some archives at the Maritime Archaeology Trust HQ. AV, Edu, GV


Foxton Canal Museum
Middle Lock, Gumley Road, Foxton, near Market Harborough, Leicestershire LE16 7RA

Tel: +44 (0)116 279 2657

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily 10:00/11:00 to 17:00 in Summer. Weekends in Winter or BA.

The museum's displays explain the English canals 1793-1950. The flight of 10 lift locks (1814) is impressive. The remains of a barge/boat lift are adjacent to the museum, being restored. Conducted tours available for GV & Edu. ARC, Edu & GV BA.


Gairloch Heritage Museum

Achtercairn, Gairloch, Ross-shire IV21 2BP, Scotland.

Tel: +44 (0)1445 712287 or 08458 648001

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Easter/Apr-Oct: Mon-Fri, 10:00-17:00; Sat, 11:00-15:00. Winter BA

The museum illustrates the past of Gairloch parish & the region, from earliest times. Displays of boats, the lighthouse & fishing. Lectures, events & temporary exhibitons. Edu, GV, Lib & ARC BA. See also: Russian Arctic Convoy Museum, planned for Loch Ewe.


HMS Ganges Association Museum
Victory House, Shotley Point Marina, Shotley Gate, nr Ipswich, Suffolk IP9 1QJ

Correspondence to: c/o George Barnham, Secretary HMS Ganges Museum, 48 Colchester Road, Bures, Suffolk CO8 5AE

Tel: +44 (0)1787 228417

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Sat, Sun & BH Mon, 11:00-17:00, Easter - Oct. GV BA.

Large number of photos related to the Royal Naval boys' training shore establishment, 1905-1976, & a few earlier photos & prints. Figurehead & model of the 3-decker GANGES. Uniforms, personal kit & mementos. Knot-work, tools, medals, etc. Books (BA)


'HMS' Gannet (NHF-CC)
Chatham Historic Dockyard, Dock Road, Chatham Kent ME4 4TZ

Tel: +44 (0)1634 823844, 823807. Trust Office: +44 (0)1634 823800.
Fax: +44 (0)1634 823801

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: see Chatham Historic Dockyard for details of opening times.

Composite wood & iron, sail & steam, Victorian naval sloop. Built 1878, barque rig, single screw. Loa 190 ft, 1130 tons disp. 2 x 7 inch RML, 4 x 64 pdr armament. A training ship 1903-87, renamed PRESIDENT and MERCURY. Recently restored. Licensed for weddings.


German Naval Signals HQ Bunker Museum
St. Jacques, (nr. St. Peter Port) Guernsey, Channel Islands GY1 1SN

Correspondence to: Pierre Renier, Channel Islands Occupation Society, Le Plechon, Camp du Roi, St Sampsons, Guernsey, C.I. GY2 4XG.

Tel: +44 (0)1481 700418. (C. I. Occupation Society: 01481 57520).

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Thursday & Sat 2-4:30 pm, Apr-Oct or BA. Confirmation advisable.

Bunkers for German Naval Signals Officer & Seeko-Ki signals HQ, built during WW2 occupation. Restored & refitted with correct radio, teleprinter & encryption equipment of Marinefunkstelle V142 to show its operation. Some equipment is on loan.


Barque Glenlee
See: Tall Ship at Riverside, Glasgow


Gloucester Waterways Museum (was National Waterways Museum)
Llanthony Warehouse, The Docks, Gloucester GL1 2EH

Tel: +44 (0)1452 318200; archives: 01452 318224 for appointments etc.
Fax: +44 (0)1452 318202

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily 11:00-16:00; 10:30-17:00 July & Aug. Shut Xmas to mid Jan.

Galleries show the building of canals, lives of those who used & maintained them. Wildlife ecology. 3 floors of models, machinery, art & tools, with interactive & AV items. Historic boats at the quayside. Talks, boat trips & cruises. BA: Edu, GV, Lib & Archiv.


Goole Museum and Art Gallery
Above Goole Public Library, Carlisle Street, Goole, East Riding of Yorkshire, DN14 5DS

Correspondence to: Goole Museums Officer, Council Offices, Church St, Goole DN14 5BG

Tel: +44 (0)1405 768963, (0)1482 392777.
Fax: +44 (0)1482 392782.

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Tues-Frid 10:00-17:00/-19:00; Sat 09:00-16:00. Closed for lunch.

Local history: development of the port & shipyards. Aire & Calder canal. Ship models, sailmaking & rope-working tools. Photographs. Important collection of marine paintings by Goole-born Reuben Chappell & others. Special exhibitions. Edu & GV. ARC (some BA).


Grace Darling Museum
1 Radcliffe Road, Bamburgh, Northumberland NE69 7AE

Correspondence to: RNLI Heritage Trust, West Quay Road, Poole, Dorset BH15 1HZ. Tel: 0845 122 6999

Tel: +44 (0)1668 214910.
Fax: +44 (0)1668 214912

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily 10:00-17:00 Easter-Sept. Tue-Sun + BH 10:00-16:00 in winter

Personal mementos of Grace Darling, incl the rowing coble used by her and her father to rescue 9 survivors of SS Forfarshire, wrecked in a storm in 1838. Pictures, medals & memorabilia of the wreck. Edu & GV BA. Recently refurbished RNLI museum.


The SS Great Britain (NHF-CC)
Great Western Dockyard, Gas Ferry Road, Bristol.

Correspondence to: SS Great Britain, Great Western Dockyard, Bristol BS1 6TY

Tel: +44 (0)117 926 0680 (bookings & business); 929 1843 (info).
Fax: +44 (0)117 925 5788

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily 10:00-17:30 summer, 10:00-16:30 winter. Shut Xmas & 12 Jan.

Brunel's first iron-hulled propeller-driven transatlantic liner. Launched 1843, salvaged 1970. Now extensively restored & fully accessible. Audio guides. Available for function hire. Special events & lectures. Edu & GV BA. Brunel Institute adjacent (qv).


Hartland Quay Museum

Next to Hartland Quay Hotel, Stoke, via Hartland, near Bideford, North Devon EX39 6DU

Correspondence to: c/o M. Myers, The Old Forge, Woolley, Morwenstow, nr. Bude, Cornwall EX23 9PP

Tel: +44 (0)1237 441 218 (via hotel) or 01288 331353
Fax: +44 (0)1237 441 371 (this is the hotel fax)

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily from Easter to Oct, 11:00 - 16:30

Large model of local coast shows 150+ shipwrecks since Tudor period. Relics & photos of wrecks: Cingetorix, Rosalia, Johanna, etc. Model of vanished 19C lime-trade harbour. Displays of local fishing & trade, smuggling, natural history & lighthouse. GV BA.


Hartlepool Historic Quay
Jackson Dock, Maritime Ave, Hartlepool TS24 0XZ

Tel: +44 (0)1429 860077, 860006 (answer machine)
Fax: +44 (0)1429 867332

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily. 10:00-17:00 in summer; 11:00-16:00 Nov-March. Shut Xmas.

Re-creation of 18C NE seaport quayside, with naval tailor, weapon shops, naval officer's home, gaol, printers, etc. Fighting Ships& Pressganged shows. Edu BA. See also separate entries for Museum of Hartlepool, Trincomalee & Wingfield Castle.


Museum of Hartlepool
Jackson's Dock, Maritime Ave, Hartlepool TS24 0XZ (Adjacent to Hartlepool Historic Quay & HMS Trincomalee)

Tel: +44 (0)1429 860077; Edu: (0)1429 523449.
Fax: +44 (0)1429 867332

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily. 10:00-17:00 in summer; 11:00-16:00 Nov-March. Shut Xmas.

Local history, including maritime heritage: fishing, ship models, maps, plans & charts. The sailing coble THREE BROTHERS GRANT. Lens of local gas lighthouse. PSS Wingfield Castle alongside. HMS Trincomalee adjacent. Heugh coastal defence battery nearby.


Harwich Maritime Museum
The Low Lighthouse, Harbour Crescent, Harwich, Essex

Correspondence to: The Secretary, The Harwich Society, 4 Hall Lane, Dovercourt, Harwich, Essex CO12 3TE

Tel: +44 (0)1255 503429, 552488
Fax: +44 (0)1255 503429

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Fri, Sat & Sun 11:00-15:00, May to end of August.

Naval memorabilia: photos, drawings, scrapbooks, models, ship's crests & uniform items related to RN, RM, FAA, RNAS & HMS Ganges. Photos, models, scrap books etc related to Harwich Harbour. Good views of river from this 1818 lighthouse. Lifeboat Museum nearby.


Hastings Fishermen's Museum
Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings, East Sussex TN34 3DW

Tel: +44 (0)1424 461446
Fax: +44 (0)1424 461446

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily (except Christmas). 10:00-17:00 summer, 11:00-16:00 winter.

The old Fishermen's Church holds the last Hastings sailing lugger "Enterprise" (1912), a horse-capstan, many ship models including 14 ft "Henri Grace A Dieu" and local mementos. Net shops & wooden fishing boats outside. Edu, GV. NB Shipwreck Centre (qv) nearby.


Holyhead Maritime Museum
Newry Beach, Holyhead, Isle of Anglesey/Ynys Mon, LL65 1YD, North Wales

Tel: +44 (0)1407 769745 (during opening hours)
Fax: +44 (0)1407 769745

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Tues-Sun + BH, 10:00-16:00. Easter to end of October, or GV BA.

Ship models, tools, photographs, paintings & artefacts illustrate the history of Holyhead, its ships & seamen, in peace & war, from ancient time to its present ferry terminal. Trinity House, wrecks & lifeboat. WW2. Housed in old lifeboat house. BA: ARC, Edu, GV.


House of Manannan
East Quay, Peel, Isle of Man IM5 1TA

Correspondence to: Manx National Heritage, Kingswood Grove, Douglas Isle of Man IM1 3LY

Tel: +44 (0)1624 648000. 01624 648017 for Group Bookings.
Fax: +44 (0)1624 648001

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily, 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Christmas, Boxing & New Year's days.

Interpretation of the Celtic, Viking & Maritime traditions of the Isle of Man through reconstructions, AV presentations & original material. Replica Viking ship. Sir William Hillary & lifesaving. Steam packet boats. AV & MM. Edu, GV. ARC & Lib at Douglas.


The Hovercraft Museum Trust
Chark Lane, Lee-on-the-Solent, Hampshire

Correspondence to: The Hovercraft Museum Trust, Daedalus Site, Argus Gate, Chark Lane, Lee-on-Solent, Hampshire PO13 9NY.

Tel: +44 (0)23 9255 2090 (answerphone)
Fax: +44 (0)23 9255 2090

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Occasional open days or BA. See website, email or phone for info.

A collection of about 75 hovercraft of different sizes & models, incl BH7, CC7, HA5, HD1, HM2, SH2, SR.N4, N5 & N6. Lib: books, periodicals, manuals, plans, pictures, films & videos BA. Edu BA. The collection is distributed at different sites - viewing BA.


Hull Maritime Museum (was: Town Docks Museum)
Queen Victoria Square, [Kingston-upon-] Hull, HU1 3DX

Tel: +44 (0)1482 300300. Edu booking: 01482 318733
Fax: +44 (0)1482 613710

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily. Mon-Sat 10:00-17:00, Sun 13:30-16:30. Closed Good Friday.

Major displays on near- & far-water fishing, whales & whaling. Models, pictures, implements & equipment. Whale products, sounds. Important collection of scrimshaw & Inuit work. Hull trawlers in WW1 & WW2. Hull's docks. Memorabilia. Lifesaving at sea. ARC-BA.


Ilfracombe Museum
Runnymede Gardens, Wilder Road, Ilfracombe, North Devon EX34 8AF

Tel: +44 (0)1271 863541

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily 10:00-17:00, April-Oct; Tues-Fri 10:00-13:00, Nov-March.

In the Maritime Room are pictures of local sailing craft, ship models, a ship-to-shore radio desk. Display on the local lifeboat and history of the harbour. Other galleries show medals, weapons, local history, natural history & archaeology. ARC, Edu, Lib, GV.


Immingham Museum
Civic Centre, Pelham Road, Immingham, North-East Lincolnshire DN40 1QF

Tel: +44 (0)1469 577066

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Wed to Sat, 13:00-16:00; Tues, Wed & Sat 12:00-15:00 in winter.

Local history displays include the relationship between the port and the Great Central Railway. Small display on the Pilgrim Fathers. Air-sea rescue service in WW2. GV BA. ARC: photos & documents incl Humber Graving Dock archives.


Imperial War Museum
Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ

Tel: +44 (0)20 7416 5000. Private events: (0)20 7091 3140.
Fax: +44 (0)20 7416 5374

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily 10:00-18:00 except Christmas period.

New galleries commemorate WW1 with AV & interactive displays. The atrium is enlarged, to exhibit large weaponry. Many other themes. IWM holds much naval material in its collection, including the two WW1 15 inch naval guns outside the main entrance.


Imperial War Museum North
The Quays, Trafford Wharf Road, Trafford Park, Manchester M17 1TZ

Tel: +44 (0)161 836 4000.
Fax: +44 (0)161 836 4012.

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily 10:00-17:00 except December 24-26, but check website etc.

The northern branch of the IWM has displays on all aspects of warfare since 1914. War at sea is covered by permanent displays & special exhibitions. Collection includes paintings, drawings & photographs. IMM. Edu & GV BA.


Inishowen Maritime Museum
Old Coastguard Station, Greencastle, Inishowen, Co. Donegal, Republic of Ireland

Tel: +353 (0)74 9381363
Fax: +353 (0)74 9381980

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Mon-Sat 09:30-17:30, Sun noon-17:30 in summer. Winter: Mon-Frid.

Ship models, paintings & photos. Greencastle yawl (Drontheim). Rocket cart for shipwreck rescues. Displays on emigration, local maritime history & Spanish Armada. WW2 & Battle of the Atlantic. Lighthouses, marine radio, ferry services. Maritime Memorial. ARC


Inveraray Maritime Museum
The Pier, Inveraray, Argyll PA32 8UY, Scotland.

Tel: +44 (0)1499 302213
Fax: +44 (0)1499 302213

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Temporarily closed.

Main feature is schooner ARCTIC PENGUIN (Dublin 1911). She has displays on Clyde ship-building, emigration, sailors' craft-work. Hands-on exhibits for children. Cinema, Edu. A Clyde puffer, VIC 27 (Auld Reekie) or VIC 72 (Vital Spark), usually moored nearby.


Invergordon Naval Museum & Heritage Centre
Hayes Hall, The British Legion, High Street, Invergordon, Ross-shire, Scotland IV18 0AE

Tel: +44 (0)1349 852707 or (mobile) 07730-927075.

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Opens 10:00-16:00 for cruise-ship visits, or BA. See web-site.

Naval & local history. Invergordon was a Royal Navy base from WW1 until 1956. Museum displays photos & memorabilia: Naval Mutiny of 1931, the oil storage depot & loss of HMS NATAL. Local lifeboat, ships' crests, the Polish soldiers. Small library & archives.


Museum of Islay Life
Port Charlotte, Isle of Islay, Argyll & Bute, Scotland PA48 7UA

Tel: +44 (0)1496 850358
Fax: +44 (0)1496 850358

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Mon - Friday, 10:30-16:30, Easter to late September.

The lives of the islanders & their crafts, from prehistoric times to the present. Maritime display of model ships, ship's bells & many small objects recovered from shipwrecks off the island. Military uniforms. Photos & memorabilia. ARC & Lib.


Isles of Scilly Museum Association
Church Street, Hugh Town, St Mary's, Isles of Scilly TR21 0JT (The southernmost maritime museum in the UK proper)

Tel: +44 (0)1720 422337
Fax: +44 (0)1720 422337

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Mon-Fri 10:00-16:30 (-12:00 on Sat) Easter - Sept. Winter: 10-12.

Archeological remains found on the islands. Items recovered from shipwrecks: Association, Colossus etc. Photos & salvage. Woolwork pictures by local seamen. Shipbuilding on Scilly: tools & models. Local ship's logs. Family history records. AV archives ARC GV BA.


John Paul Jones Cottage Museum
Arbigland Estate, Kirkbean, Dumfries DG2 8BQ, Scotland

Tel: +44 (0)1387 880613
Fax: +44 (0)1387 260029

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Tues - Sun, 10:00-17:00, Apr - Sept; daily in July & Aug.

Birthplace (1747) of John Paul Jones "father of the US Navy". The restored 2-room cottage is partly furnished in period style, with AV programmes on domestic life & naval action of Bonhomme Richard against HMS Serapis in 1779. Reconstruction of his ship's cabin.


Kennet and Avon Canal Museum
Canal Visitor Centre, The Wharf, Couch Lane, Devizes, Wiltshire SN10 1EB

Tel: +44 (0)1380 721279, 729489. Crofton Pump Station: 01672 870300
Fax: +44 (0)1380 727870

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily 10:00-17:00 in summer. Check for winter times.

The exhibition commemorates the pioneer navvies & engineers who built the 18C canal between Bristol, Reading & London; traders & others who used & operated the canals. Restoration since 1951. Beam pumping engine at Crofton. Canal boat trips. ARC, Edu, GV.


King's Lynn Tourist Information Centre and Maritime Exhibition
Custom House, Purfleet Quay, King's Lynn, Norfolk PE30 1HP

Tel: +44 (0)1553 763044

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily

A display on the first floor of the historic Custom House (1685), above the Information Office, summarizes King's Lynn's maritime past. The Hanseatic League, Customs & Excise measurements, ship models, fishing, whaling items. Temporary exhibitions vary.


Kirkleatham Museum
Kirkleatham, Redcar, Redcar-and-Cleveland TS10 5NW

Tel: +44 (0)1642 479500

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Tues - Sun & BH Mon. 10:00-17:00 summer, 10:00-16:00 winter.

Museum of local history: the maritime content has recently been reduced. Some paintings, small displays on shipwreck & fishing. "Sir James Knott" RNLI lifeboat is onsite. ARC, Edu, GV & Lib - all BA. See also Zetland lifeboat entry.


Museum of Knots and Sailor's Ropework
501 Wherstead Road, Ipswich, Suffolk IP2 8LL

Tel: +44 (0)1473 690090

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: BA: telephone or e-mail.

Displays of old & new decorative & functional ropework knotting, and the tools & materials used. Sennit mats, sea-chest handles, blackjacks, fenders, cable from HMS Victory, etc. Fids, serving mallets & other rope- & canvas-working tools. Lib & ARC BA.


Lancaster Maritime Museum
Custom House, St George's Quay, Lancaster, Lancashire LA1 1RB

Tel: +44 (0)1524 382264. Edu: 01772 534067, 01524 64637.
Fax: +44 (0)1524 841692

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily. Easter - Oct: 11:00-17:00. 12:30-16:00 in Winter. GV BA.

History of the port, with real boats, ship models, displays of catching local shellfish, whammel boat & inshore fishing. Ship- building, trade with W.I. & Baltic. AV displays on port & the bay In historic 1764 Custom House, on quay. Edu. GV, Lib & ARC BA


Lifeboat Museum
William Terris Memorial Boathouse, King Edward's Parade, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN21 4BY

Tel: +44 (0)1323 730717, 505864. RNLI Heritage Trust: 0845 122 6999
Fax: +44 (0)1323 730717

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily, March-Jan 10:00 to 16:00 or 17:00. Jan-Feb: weekends.

Models of lifeboats, incl early 19C model of 1789/1810 purpose built lifeboat & 19C Clovelly model. Sails & oars of last sailing lifeboat, photos of past lifeboats, their coxswains & ships given assistance. Medals. RNLI museum in 1898 lifeboat house.


Limerick Museum
Istabraq Hall, City Hall, Merchants Quay, Limerick, Republic of Ireland. (Temporary location)

Tel: +353 (0)61 417826
Fax: +353 (0)61 415266

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Mon-Fri, 10:00-13:00, 14:15-17:00.

Museum of local history includes some maritime items: charts & maps, plans & ephemera. Ship models, diving equipment. A large collection of photographs of docks & vessels, 1870s - 1950s. Lib, ARC. NB: there is a flying-boat museum at Foynes (38 km).


Linlithgow Union Canal Museum
Manse Road Basin, Linlithgow, West Lothian EH49 6AJ, Scotland

Tel: +44 (0)1506 671215 (answering machine); bookings: 843194.
Fax: +44 (0)1506 842452

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily, 14:00-17:00 in July & Aug. Sat & Sun, Easter - late Sept.

A small museum with displays on the history of the canal, canal tools, documents & wildlife panel. AV, Edu. Replica Victorian trip boat. Boat trips on St Magdalene over Avon Aqueduct, or on Victoria on the Town Stretch. Other boat trips BA. Edu, GV.


Littlehampton Museum
The Manor House, Church Street, Littlehampton, West Sussex BN17 5EW

Tel: +44 (0)1903 738100
Fax: +44 (0)1903 731690

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Mon-Fri 09:00-16:30; Sat 10:30-16:30.

Refurbished local museum with seafaring displays in the Maritime Gallery: the seafarers, shipping & port of Littlehampton. A large collection of scale ship models, fishing & ships' gear & wreck finds illustrate local boat-building, trade, fishing. Edu ARC BA.


Lloyd's Nelson Collection
Lloyd's, One Lime Street, London EC3M 7HA

Tel: +44 (0)20 7327 5637 to arrange group tours.

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: BA only, for small groups. One Open-House weekend in September.

A collection of correspondence, silverware, swords, paintings & other relics commemorating Lord Nelson & the Lloyd's connection. The "Lutine Bell" was salvaged from the 1799 wreck of HMS Lutine, on which Lloyd's paid out about one million pounds insurance.


The London Canal Museum
12/13 New Wharf Road, King's Cross, London N1 9RT (adjacent to Regents Canal, Battlebridge Basin)

Tel: +44 (0)20 7713 0836
Fax: +44 (0)20 7689 6679

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Tue - Sun & BH Mon, usually 10:00 - 16:30. Closed at Christmas.

Victorian canal life displayed in 1860s ice warehouse. The butty narrowboat "Coronis". Tools, equipment & photos. Tug moored near. The life of canal workers & the cargoes of the London region are illustrated. History of the ice trade and ice-cream. ARC Edu GV.


Museum of London Docklands
No. 1 Warehouse, West India Quay, Hertsmere Road, Canary Wharf, London E14 4AL

Tel: +44 (0)20 7001 9844
Fax: +44 (0)20 7001 9801

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily 10:00-17:40/18:00. (3rd floor closed until April 2015.)

Port of London, the river & people, from Roman times to present, in a Georgian warehouse. Model vessels & docks. Sailortown. Tools artifacts, pictures. The sugar trade, slavery, whaling & wartime. Archive collection & special interests. Exhibitions. GV & Edu BA.


Lossiemouth Fisheries and Community Museum
Pitgaveny Quay, Lossiemouth, Scotland IV31 6TW

Tel: 44 (0)1343 813772.

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: May - Sept: Mon - Sat 11:00-16:00, Sun: 13:00-16:00.

A small independent museum displays the past & present fishing industry in the Moray Firth. Ship models. Paintings & photos, including old Lossie Drifters. Lifesaving & diving gear. Located in a former net loft. Other local history exhibits. GV & Edu BA.


Lowestoft Maritime Museum
Sparrows Nest Park, Whapload Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk NR32 1XG

Tel: +44 (0)1502 561963, 567833. Edu & GV: 01502 511260.

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily, Easter week, then late April - end Oct, 10:00-17:00

Enlarged museum displays many fishing boat models. Paintings & photos of local fishing. Ships bells & lanterns, charts, radio, tools, medals. Fishing gear. The Prunier Trophy for fishing. Wool pictures, drifter's cabin. Lifeboat material. GV & Edu BA


Lydia Eva (YH 89) (NHF-CC)
Usually at Hall Quay, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR30 2QF

Correspondence to: The Secretary, Lydia Eva & Mincarlo Charitable Trust Ltd, 15 Milton Road East, Lowestoft, Suffolk NR32 1NT

Tel: +44 (0)1502 740402. 01493 700165 or 07758350433 for GV, Edu.

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Usually daily, 10:00-16:00, Apr-Oct. Restricted on Mondays. Check

Last surviving preserved steam drifter, built 1930. Opened as a museum of the herring fishery. Wheelhouse, net store, fish hold (exhibition area), galley & crew's quarters. Engine room with a working Crabtree triple-expansion steam engine. Edu & GV BA.


Lynn Museum
Market Street, King's Lynn, Norfolk PE30 1NL (Visitors' entrance is next to King's Lynn bus station)

Tel: +44 (0)1553 775001, 780980 for GV

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Tues-Sat, 10:00-17:00.

Refurbished museum of local history & archaeology. Displays of maritime heritage: Hanseatic & later trade, shipbuilding, fishing& whaling. Ship models & paintings. Commemorative items relating to Lord Nelson, Captain Manby. Replica 'seahenge' 2049 BC. Edu GV


M Shed
Princes Wharf, Wapping Road, Bristol BS1 4RN

Tel: +44 (0)117 352 6600.

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Tue-Fri 10:00-17:00, weekends & BH Mon 10:00-18:00.

Museum replaces the Industrial Museum. Displays Bristol People, Bristol Places & Bristol Life. The ship models are in storage. RNLI items at Chatham. 1934 fireboat PYRONAUT, tugboats MAYFLOWER (1861) & JOHN KING (1935) alongside Princes Wharf. Edu & GV BA.


Maldon District Museum
47 Mill Road, Maldon, Essex CM9 5HX

Tel: +44 (0)1621 853699

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Wed, Fri, Sat: 2-5 pm; Sun & BH Mon 11-5; Apr-Oct. Edu & GV BA.

Items related to Maldon district. Maritime displays show Thames barge models, sailmakers tools & photos of local boats. History of John Sadd & Sons, woodworkers. Models of their MTBs. Landing craft & airborne lifeboats. WW1 Thornycroft CMBs on Osea. ARC BA.


The Maritime Museum
New North Quay, St. Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands JE2 3ND. (The southernmost maritime museum in the British Isles)

Correspondence to: Jersey Heritage Trust, Weighbridge, St. Helier, Jersey JE2 3NF, Channel Islands (Tel: +44 (0)1534 633300)

Tel: +44 (0)1534 811043; GV: +44 (0)1534 633300

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily, 10:00-17:00, April to beginning of November.

All aspects of Jersey's maritime heritage: the sea, the boats & the people. Shipbuilding, maritime trade. Paintings & photos, ships' fittings. 5 historic boats, restoration of historic boats. Models. Wrecks. Seafood. The Occupation Tapestry. Edu & GV BA.


Marlipins Museum
36 High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex BN43 5DA

Tel: +44 (0)1273 462994. Edu: 405739. Sussex Arch Soc: 01273 486260
Fax: +44 (0)1273 494898

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Tues-Sat, 10:30-16:30, May - October. Check before visiting.

Maritime displays illustrate ancient port & harbour of Shoreham. Ship models, maps, lighthouse, fisheries & lifeboats. Edu & GV. Mediaeval building, once a storehouse and Customs House. West of the harbour entrance are remains of 1850s harbour defence fort.


Marshland Maritime Museum
206 Main Road, Clenchwarton, King's Lynn, Norfolk PE34 4AA

Tel: +44 (0)1553 765530, mobile: 07795 490897

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: BA only - telephone to arrange a visit.

A private museum with a wide range of Naval memorabilia from the 1800s to the present day. Ship's crests, cap tallies, uniforms & commemorative items. Ship models. Items from HMS BRONINGTON. The 'D' Boats Association. Small reference library. BA.


The Mary Rose (NHF-CC)
No 3 Dock, Main Road, HM Naval Base, Portsmouth PO1 3PY

Tel: +44 (0)23 92812931 (museum) 92750521 (office) 92839766 (groups)
Fax: +44 (0)23 9287 0588

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily 10:00-17:30 Apr-Oct; 10:00-17:00 Nov-March. Ticket entry.

The new museum houses the conserved remains of Henry VIII's ship. Displays of preserved portion of hull & thousands of recovered items, from personal possessions & clothing, tools, platters and Tudor bows, to major ordnance. Edu & GV BA.


Maryport Maritime Museum
1 Senhouse Street, Shipping Brow, Maryport, Cumbria CA15 6AB

Tel: +44 (0)1900 813738, 815954
Fax: +44 (0)1900 819496

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Tues, Thur-Sun & BH, 10:00-17:00, Apr-Oct. Fri-Sun in winter.

Models, paintings, tools & other objects illustrate Maryport's maritime history and shipyards. Paintings by William Mitchell. Displays on T.H.Ismay (White Star Line & TITANIC). Other shipping lines. Iron, coal & glass trade. RNLI. Edu & GV BA.


McKechnie Institute
40a Dalrymple Street, Girvan, South Ayrshire KA26 9AE, Scotland

Tel: +44 (0)1465 713643
Fax: +44 (0)1465 713643

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Tues-Frid, pm only; Saturdays 10:30-16:00.

The museum shows local Girvan, Carrick & Ailsa Craig memorabilia: society, trade, travel & fishing. Maritime items include relics from SS Wallachia (sunk 1895), model ships, ringnet fishing. Varied temporary exhibitions.


McLean Museum and Art Gallery
15 Kelly Street, Greenock, Inverclyde PA16 8JX Scotland

Tel: +44 (0)1475 715624
Fax: +44 (0)1475 715626

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Mon-Sat except public holidays. Usually 10:00-17:00.

Displays on local history, incl shipbuilding, engineering, rope- making. Models of 19 & 20C ships, half hulls & ivory ship models. Maritime Transport Collection. Items relating to James Watt. Temporary exhibitions & materials for chidren. Edu & GV BA.


The McManus
Albert Square, Meadowside, Dundee DD1 1DA, Scotland

Tel: +44 (0)1382 307200
Fax: +44 (0)1382 307207

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily. Mon-Sat 10:00-17:00, Sun 12:30-16:30.

New galleries illustrate history of Dundee, or display art. Major collection related to Arctic whaling, from the Broughty Castle Museum. Other maritime items. Inuit artefacts. Exhibitions. Some of the collections are in storage, which can be visited BA.


Mersea Island Museum
High Street, West Mersea, Mersea Island, Essex CO5 8QD

Correspondence to: Mersea Island Museum Trust, c/o 54 Upland Road, West Mersea, Colchester, Essex CO5 8DG. e-mail:

Tel: +44 (0)1206 385191 (during opening hours).

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Wed - Sun & BH, 14:00-17:00, May - Sept. GV & Edu BA

Museum of local history. Displays of fishing gear, recreated old fisherman's cottage. Model boats, boat-building tools, gun-punt (1919) for wildfowling, with sail & percussion ML guns. Stowboat fishing for sprats. Resource centre, photo archive, Edu, Lib.


Merseyside Maritime Museum
Albert Dock, Liverpool, Merseyside L3 4AQ

Tel: +44 (0)151 478 4499; Arch & Lib: 478 4424; Edu & GV: 478 4788.
Fax: +44 (0)151 478 4590

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily 10:00-17:00 (Lib & Archs: Mon & Tues) Occasional closures.

Galleries devoted to emigration, Battle of the Atlantic, Merchant Navy, shipbuilding. Marine paintings. Boats (some in store). The Titanic. Tours of pilot boat Edmund Gardner. Customs & Excise & Transatlantic slavery museums (qv). GV Edu ARC Lib & Lectures.


Mevagissey Folk Museum
East Wharf, Inner Harbour, Mevagissey, Cornwall PL26 6QR

Tel: +44 (0)1726 843568; 843105 for the Curator.

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily, Easter - October. 11:00 to 16:00 (10:00-17:00 July & Aug).

Domestic & farming bygones in a 1745 boatbuilder's workshop. Maritime items focus on fishing & boat-building, including photos of fishing scenes, ship models, net making, instruments, early guns, an "Armada" chest, wartime memorabilia & lifeboats. ARC BA.


Milford Haven Museum
The Old Custom House, Sybil Way, The Docks, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, South Wales SA73 3AF

Tel: +44 (0)1646 694496
Fax: +44 (0)1646 699454

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Mon-Sat 10:30-16:00 (Other times BA), April to October.

Displays cover the history of the port & town, with much maritime material. The Quaker whalers from Nantucket, fishing & trawlers, convoys & the war at sea 1939-45. The modern oil terminal. Prints& paintings. Photo collection & document archives. Edu, GV BA.


Mincarlo (LT412)
Now usually at Heritage Quay, South Pier, Lowestoft, Suffolk NR33 0AP

Correspondence to: The Secretary, Lydia Eva & Mincarlo Trust, 15 Milton Road East, Lowestoft, Suffolk NR32 1NT. Tel: 07927 602934

Tel: +44 (0)7927 602953, 07500 603734; 01502 740402 for Edu, GV.

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Usually Monday-Thursday, June to October, but confirm!

A Lowestoft side-fishing trawler, launched 1961. 166 Gross Tons, 5200 cu ft fish capacity. 5 cylinder 500 hp A.K.Diesels engine. Ceased fishing 1975. Handed to the Trust in 1991 and restored to original specification. Recent restoration completed.


Mizen Head Visitor Centre
Mizen Head Signal Station, Harbour Rd., Goleen, West Cork, Ireland

Correspondence to: Mizen Tourism Co-operative Society, Harbour Road, Goleen, West Cork

Tel: +353 (0)28 35115, 35225
Fax: +353 (0)28 35422

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily, mid-March-Oct, 10:30-17:00 or 10:00-18:00. W/E in winter.

The Visitor Centre, in the Irish Lights Signal Station, shows the life of lighthouse keepers, building of the Fastnet Lighthouse, lighthouse equipment, navigational aids simulator, sunken wrecks, marine life, weather reporting, radio, maps and charts. ARC.


The Mo, Sheringham Museum
Lifeboat Plain, Sheringham, Norfolk NR26 8BG. (Near "The Crown" public house on the Promenade)

Tel: +44 (0)1263 824482. 01263 823848 for Edu visits.

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Tues-Sat 10:00-16:30, Sun pm, March-Oct. Also Mon June-Sept & BH.

Museum holds historic lifeboats, fishing boats & model boats. Re-created boatyard, local shops & a fisherman's cottage show the social history of Sheringham as a fishing town & a seaside resort. Photo archive. See website for special events. Edu, GV BA


Monmouth Museum (was the Nelson Museum)
Priory Street, Monmouth, Monmouthshire NP25 3XA, Wales

Tel: +44 (0)1600 710630
Fax: +44 (0)1600 710631

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily 11:00-13:00 & 14:00-17:00 (-4 pm in winter. pm only Sunday)

Lady Georgiana Llangattock's collection of Admiral Lord Nelson memorabilia: his swords, commemorative china, glassware & silver. Printed matter, ms correspondence & medals. Models & naval equipment. Fake Nelson "relics" exposed. Archiv, Lib, Edu, GV.


Montrose Museum
Panmure Place, Montrose, Angus DD10 8HE

Tel: +44 (0)1674 673232
Fax: +44 (0)1307 466183 for Angus Council.

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Tues-Sat 10:00-17:00. Closed Mon & Christmas/New Year periods.

Refurbished museum of history & archaeology. The Maritime Gallery displays ship models & artefacts from the whaling industry, once of great importance. Whaling implements, whalebone & scrimshaw illustrate its history. Trade & fishing. Art Gallery. Edu GV BA


Morwellham Quay Historic Port and Copper Mine
Morwellham, near Tavistock, Devon PL19 8JL

Tel: +44 (0)1822 832766.
Fax: +44 (0)1822 833808

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily, 10:00-17:00 or 17:30 in summer. Nov-Feb: 10:00-16:00

An old port on River Tamar, important for shipping tin, copper & arsenic. Village, Victorian farm & quays restored & under new ownership. The ketch "Garlandstone" (NHF) is at the quay. Costumed guides, "The Ship" inn, wildlife reserve. Edu & GV BA.


Mundesley Maritime Museum
The Old Coastguard Lookout, Beach Road, Mundesley-on-Sea, Norfolk NR11 8BG

Tel: +44 (0)1263 722068 (museum), 722399 (coastwatch station).

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Sun-Frid, 11:00-13:00, 14:00-16:00; May-Sept. Check before visit!

Probably Britain's smallest maritime museum, the room displays photos illustrating local history & lifeboat service. Captain Manby & lifesaving at sea. Mementos of local shipwrecks. Upper room houses volunteer Coastwatch lookout (can be visited).


Nairn Museum
Viewfield House, Viewfield Drive, Nairn IV12 4EE, Scotland

Tel: +44 (0)1667 456791
Fax: +44 (0)1667 455399

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Mon-Fri 10:00-16:30, Sat 10:00-13:00, Easter to October

The maritime collection from the Nairn Fishertown Museum is now displayed in a room of this old museum of local history: Nairn people, their work, education & sports. A military room displays weapons & uniforms. Family history records. ARC, Edu & GV BA.


Museum Nan Eilean
Francis Street, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Western Isles HS1 2NF

Tel: +44 (0)1851 709266
Fax: +44 (0)1851 706318

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Closed for relocation at Lews Castle. Opening in 2015.

Maritime and fishing themes in displays of life in the Western Isles. Some Viking items. Stornoway was a major herring fisheries port, and before that whaling was important. ARC, Edu BA. A branch museum on the Island of Benbecula.


National Maritime Museum
Romney Road, Greenwich, London SE10 9NF

Tel: +44 (0)20 8858 4422; Caird Library: 020 8312 6516
Fax: +44 (0)20 8312 6632

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily 10:00-17:00. Check website for temporary closures.

Britain's main maritime museum has major displays on exploration, trade, travel & sea power. Nelson & the wooden warship. Classical& modern marine art, photography. Children's interactive gallery. Special displays vary. AV, IMM, searchable DB. Edu, Lib, ARC BA


National Maritime Museum Cornwall
Discovery Quay, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 3QY

Tel: +44 (0)1326 313388. Edu: 214535, GV: 214557, Library: 214579.
Fax: +44 (0)1326 317878.

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily 10:00-17:00 except Christmas (Lib: Tues-Sat 10:00-17:00)

Museum on the waterfront houses National Small Boat Collection. Boat restoration. Cornish maritime material: sealife, fishing & trade. Falmouth packets. Tides, weather & navigation. Bartlett Library. Special exhibitions & lectures. Edu, GV, Lib & ARC BA.


National Maritime Museum of Ireland
Haigh Terrace, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Tel: +353 (0)1 280 0969

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily, 11:00-17:00. Tues-Sundays in winter.

Irish maritime heritage: paintings, photos, ship models. Story of Irish lighthouses, cable laying, The Great Eastern, Dublin Port, engineering, Irish Mercantile & Naval Service, lifesaving themes. Lib: archives, books, journals. Edu BA. In ex-Mariner's Church.


National Museum of Scotland
Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF, Scotland

Tel: +44 (0)300 123 6789; edu & GV: 0131 247 4041.

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily, 10:00-17:00. Some galleries closed for refurbishment.

A National museum covering science, technology and the decorative arts. About 60 ship models on display from a collection of over 350. Other maritime items throughout the museum displays: marine engine, a carronade gun, scrimshaw. Polar exploration. ARC, Edu.


National Museum of the Royal Navy (Portsmouth).
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Victory Gate, H.M. Naval Base, Portsmouth (PO1 3LA)

Correspondence to: National Museum of the Royal Navy, HM Naval Base (PP66), Portsmouth PO1 3NH

Tel: +44 (0)23 9272 7562; Edu: 9272 7580; Lib: 9272 3795.
Fax: +44 (0)23 9272 7575; Lib: 9272 3942.

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily 10:00-17:00 (-16:15 in winter). Check for gallery closures.

Gallery displays on Admiral Lord Nelson, Trafalgar, the sailing & modern navy. Suppression of the slave trade. History of women at sea & the WRNS. "Sea your History" & "Hear my Story" present the Navy's social history. Special exhibitions. ARC Lib & Edu: BA


National Waterfront Museum
Oystermouth Road, Maritime Quarter, Swansea, Wales SA1 3RD

Tel: +44 (0)29 2057 3600, 0300 1112333. ARC Centre: 01792 653763.

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: daily 10:00-17:00 except for Christmas period.

The museum displays Welsh industrial heritage: heavy industry & transport, including the maritime tradition, as themed displays. Marine paintings, ship models & ship portraits. Edu & GV. IMM. Boats at Marina. ARC store at Collections Centre at Landore, BA.


National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port (was The Boat Museum)
South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port, South Wirral, Cheshire CH65 4FW.

Tel: +44 (0)151 355 5017. Booking: 0151 373 4373. Edu: 0151 355 4384.
Fax: +44 (0)151 355 4079

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily 10:00-17:00 summer, 10:00-16:00 winter. Check website.

Museum has a large collection of inland waterway boats, from coracles to barges, narrow-boats, ice-boats, tugs & dredgers. The site, once a canal dock area, includes a working blacksmith, pump house, a hall of historic engines, stables, etc. Edu, GV, ARC BA.


The Nautical Museum
Bridge Street, Castletown, Isle of Man IM9 1AX

Correspondence to: Manx National Heritage, Manx Museum & National Trust, Douglas, Isle of Man IM1 3LY

Tel: +44 (0)1624 648000; 648017 for GV bookings.
Fax: +44 (0)1624 648001

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily, April-October, 10:00-16:00. Check for possible closures.

George Quayle's 18C boathouse with trap doors, secret panels & a replica "Nelson period" stern cabin. Manx nautical collections & "The Peggy", an armed schooner-rig yacht built c.1791 by George Quayle (NHF-CC). GV.ARC & Lib at Manx Museum, Douglas.


Museum of Net Manufacture
Bridgeacre, Uploders, Bridport, Dorset DT6 4PF

Tel: +44 (0)1308 485621, 485349, 422770.

Opening days: Telephone to enquire.

Items associated with the historic rope & net making trade of Bridport: a ropewalk, traditional tools, specimens of natural fibres. Archive of documents & photographs. Collected by the late Anthony Sanctuary.


Newark Air Museum
The Airfield, Winthorpe Showground, Newark, Nottinghamshire

Correspondence to: Newark (Notts & Lincs) Air Museum Ltd, Drove Lane, Winthorpe, Newark, Notts NG24 2NY

Tel: +44 (0)1636 707170; 705585 for Curator, Mon-Friday
Fax: +44 (0)1636 707170

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily 10:00-17:00; 10:00-16:00 Nov-Feb. Closed over Christmas.

Several ex-Royal Navy aircraft are included in a large collection of historic military aircraft. See web-site for full list. Indoor displays of engines, radio & radar, instruments, uniforms. Aerial photography. Special events, lectures etc. ARC Lib GV & Edu BA.


Newbiggin Maritime Centre
Church Point, Newbiggin by the Sea, Northumberland NE64 6DB

Tel: +44 (0)1670 811951, 819251.

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Mon-Sat: 10:00-17:00; Sun: 11:00-17:00. Winter: Tues-Sun, -16:00.

A community by the sea. The fishing gallery includes GIRL ANNE, a Northumbrian coble. Another gallery holds Oakley class lifeboat MARY JOICEY. A third gallery displays local historical items and has a small cinema. Views of the bay from the Cafe. Edu.


Newhaven Local and Maritime Museum
Paradise Family Leisure Park, Avis Road, Newhaven, East Sussex BN9 0DH

Tel: +44 (0)1273 514760, 515404

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Tue-Fri: 14:00-16:00; Sat, Sun & BH: 14:00-17:00. Reopens 7/3/15.

Local ferries. Tide mills. Models of lifeboats & other vessels. Large archive & DB of photos & material on harbour & town. Smuggling. The Dieppe Raid (August 1942). WW2 tunnels of HMS Forward. Displays on the coastal defence fort. Edu, GV BA.


The Norfolk Nelson Museum
26 South Quay, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR30 2RG

Tel: +44 (0)1493 850698.
Fax: +44 (0)1493 850698.

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Mon-Fri: 10:00-16:00; Weekend: 13:00-16:00. 1st Feb - 31 October

Nelson commemorative items: busts, medals, pottery & glassware, silver & pewter. Paintings & prints depicting his life & death. Personal possessions & ms. His personal life. Model of HMS VICTORY & recreation of part of a gun deck. Edu, GV & Lib, BA.


North Devon Maritime Museum
Odun House, Odun Road, Appledore, Bideford, N. Devon EX39 1PT

Tel: +44 (0)1237 422064; Edu: 01237 474876.
Fax: +44 (0)1237 422064

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily 10:30-17:00 from April to end October.

The maritime history of north Devon. Ship models & half-models, diorama of medieval shipping, 19C shipbuilding. Display of tools, carved tillers, wrecks & lifeboat rescue, fishing, smuggling. Shipbuilding during WW2. Q-Ships in WW1. ARC Edu & GV BA.


Nottage Maritime Institute
The Quay, Wivenhoe, near Colchester, Essex CO7 9BX

Tel: +44 (0)1206 824142.
Fax: +44 (0)1206 824142.

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Sundays & BH, 14:00-17:00, mid May to mid Sept, or BA.

The Institute's museum has a large collection of half-hulls from local shipbuilders. Paintings & models of ships, yachts & boats. Navigation instruments. Local Colne shipbuilding. See website for training courses & exhibitions. ARC, Edu, GV & Lib BA.


HM Submarine Ocelot
Chatham Historic Dockyard, Dock Road, Chatham Kent ME4 4TE

Tel: +44 (0)1634 823800
Fax: +44 (0)1634 823801

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Ticketed guided tours. See Chatham Historic Dockyard for times.

Oberon class submarine built at Chatham 1960-62. Tonnage: 2030 gross, loa: 90m. Diesel-electric, for fast quiet operation in deep or shallow waters. 8 torpedo tubes. In active service until 1991. Visitors are conducted through the boat in groups.


HM Submarine Onyx
Was at: Historic Warships at Birkenhead, Merseyside. Moved to Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, and later to Scotland.

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Inaccessible, and likely to be broken up.

An Oberon Class, quiet diesel-electric submarine, launched 1966. 1610/2410 tons disp. Fitted 8 torpedo tubes, later reduced to 6. Saw service in the Falklands (South Atlantic) campaign, 1982. Barrow's proposed Submarine Heritage Centre has not succeeded.


Orkney Wireless Museum
Kiln corner, Junction Road, Kirkwall, Orkney Isles KW15 1LB

Tel: +44 (0)1856 871400, 873191.

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Mon-Sat 10:00-16:30, Sun 14:30-16:30, April - Sept. Check!

The late Jim MacDonald's large collection of historic domestic & wartime radio equipment. Maps, charts & photos of Naval wireless communications at Scapa Flow. German wartime radio & U-Boat radio. Italian PoW handicrafts - their WW2 chapel is nearby. GV


Overbecks Museum and Garden
Sharpitor, Salcombe, Devon TQ8 8LW

Tel: +44 (0)1548 842893
Fax: +44 (0)1548 845020

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily, mid-Feb to end Oct. See NT website for detailed times.

Otto Overbeck's collection of curios. Ship models & shipwrights tools reflect Salcombe's shipbuilding past. Story of the PHOENIX. Photographs of wrecked HERZOGIN CECILIE. Sailors' snuffboxes. Edu. Set in large garden. NT. See also Salcombe Maritime Museum.


Padstow Museum
The Padstow Institute, Market Place, Padstow, Cornwall PL28 8AH

Correspondence to: John Buckingham, 19 Treverbyn Road, Padstow, Cornwall PL28 8LN (e-mail: or phone 01841 532470).

Tel: +44 (0)1841 532752. 01841 532470 for Edu & GV.

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Mon-Fri, 10:30-16:30; Sat 10:30-13:00; Easter - end October or BA

General collection includes features on the local lifeboat, ship- building, fishing, shipwrecks & rescues. Shipwright's tools. ARC: fishing, shipbuilding & related documents. New displays on the 1914-18 war. Edu & GV BA.


Pembroke Dock Gun Tower Museum
Front Street, Pembroke Dock, Pembrokeshire SA72 6JZ, Wales

Tel: +44 (0)1646 622246

Opening days: Closed for repairs and refurbishment.

Unusual "Cambridge" pattern gun tower built 1848-1851 to defend the Royal Naval base at Pembroke docks.


Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery
Priestgate, Peterborough PE1 1LF [ex Cambridgeshire] (Nearest multi-storey car park is in Queensgate shopping centre)

Tel: +44 (0)1733 864663. 01733 864700/864701 for Edu.
Fax: +44 (0)1733 341928

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Tues-Sun 10:00-17:00, also BH Mon. Closed Mondays except GV BA.

Refurbished Norman Cross Gallery displays part of big collection of bone-work ship models, boxes, toys, guillotines & marquetry by French PoWs in nearby Norman Cross Depot 1797-1814. Edu, GV: BA. Fenland Lighter Project archives at Peterborough Central Library.


Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery
Drake Circus, Plymouth, Devon PL4 8AJ

Tel: +44 (0)1752 304774
Fax: +44 (0)1752 304775

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Tue-Fri 10:00-17:30, Sat 10:00-17:00. Closed Sun, Mon, Good Frid.

This general museum & gallery illustrates Plymouth's maritime history. A good collection of marine paintings & photographs. Ship models, incl PoW bone models, & PoW straw-work. The port of Plymouth, Drake, Antarctic exploration. ARC, Lib, Edu, GV.


Plymouth National Marine Aquarium
Rope Walk, Coxside, Plymouth, Devon PL4 0DX

Tel: Info line: 0844 893 7938. Edu: +44 (0)1752 275233, GV: 275214
Fax: +44 (0)1752 600 593

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily 10:00-17:00. Closed Christmas.

A range of habitats: large deep & shallow-water tanks, coral reef & wave tanks display about 400 species of fish, also marine invertebrates etc. Marine science topics include conservation & ecology. Changing themes. Frequent lectures & shows. Edu, GV.


Plymouth Naval Base Visitor Centre
Was at: Royal William Yard, Plymouth, Devon PL1 3RP See: Devonport Naval Heritage Site & Visitor Centre

Opening days: The Royal William Yard site has closed. Moved to Devonport (qv).

Galleries in historic naval building used to display models, photographs, prints. Figureheads. Victualling: "Support to the Fleet". RN uniforms. Standard measures. Now moved to new museum at Devonport Naval Heritage Centre.


The Polar Museum
Scott Polar Research Institute, Univ. of Cambridge, Lensfield Road, Cambridge CB2 1ER

Tel: +44 (0)1223 336540; SPRI Library: 336552.
Fax: +44 (0)1223 336549

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Tue-Sat 10:00-16:00 except BH weekends & public holidays.

Refurbished museum illustrates exploration and research in the polar regions. Artefacts & memorabilia of expeditions: Franklin, Scott, Shackleton & others. Ship models, pictures, charts, maps. Scrimshaw collection, Inuit carvings. Photos ARC Lib Edu & GV: BA


Poole Museum (was Waterfront Museum)
4 High Street, Poole BH15 1BW [ex Dorset]

Tel: +44 (0)1202 262600
Fax: +44 (0)1202 262622

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Mon-Sat 10:00-17:00, Sun 12:00-17:00 Apr-Oct. Tue-Sun in winter.

Refurbished 19C harbour warehouse. Maritime story of Poole. The port, boatbuilding, fishing, smuggling. Newfoundland trade. Art includes ship portraits. Underwater archaeology: Spanish wreck & iron-age log boat. Local history centre. AV. Edu & ARC: BA.


Poole Old Lifeboat Museum
Fisherman's Dock, Ballard Road, Poole, Dorset BH15 1RA

Tel: +44 (0)1202 666046

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily, Easter - early December, subject to staff availability.

The lifeboat "Thomas Kirk Wright", former Poole lifeboat (1938- 1962). Damaged during the 1940 Dunkirk evacuation. Historic 19C lifeboat house holds other RNLI exhibits. In association with the National Maritime Museum.


Porthcurno Telegraph Museum
Porthcurno (near Land's End) Cornwall TR19 6JX

Correspondence to: The Curator, Porthcurno Trust, Eastern House, Porthcurno, Penzance TR19 6JX, Cornwall.

Tel: +44 (0)1736 810966, Edu: 810592, Archives & Collections: 811918.
Fax: +44 (0)1736 811914

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily, 10:00-17:00 in summer. Nov-March: Sat, Sun & Mon

Refurbished museum displays equipment, models of cable ships & development of submarine cable telegraphy. Social history. WW2 secret underground comms centre & tunnels. Archives. Photos, film& video records. Shop. In historic buildings. Edu, Lib & GV BA.


Porthmadog Maritime Museum
Oakley Wharf, Porthmadog, Gwynedd LL49 9LU, Wales. (Adjacent to Harbour Master's Office).

Tel: +44 (0)1766 512153.

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Tues-Thurs, Sat & Sun, BH & school hols: 12:00-16:00, Easter-Oct.

Ship models, pictures, documents, tools & other equipment show the importance of local shipbuilding, and the export of Welsh slate in the fine Portmadoc topsail schooners. Housed in one of the old slate sheds. BA: Edu, GV. Archives at Caernarfon.


Portland Museum
217 Wakeham, Easton, Portland, Dorset DT5 1HS

Tel: +44 (0)1305 821804

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Sun-Thur, 10:30-16:00, April-Oct.

Small local museum recently refurbished. Maritime room displays items from local shipwrecks, prints & charts. Portland's Naval connectons. The Portland stone quarries, archaeological finds. Connections with Marie Stopes, Thomas Hardy, etc. GV & Edu BA.



The following are in Portsmouth itself: The Mary Rose, the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Royal Fleet Auxiliary Association Archive, HMS Victory and HMS Warrior. There are other military museums such as the D-Day Museum, with its Overlord Embroidery, and Southsea Castle on Clarence Esplanade. The whole area is permeated with Naval and military associations and memorials. For general information telephone Portsmouth City Council visitor information service on +44 (0)23 9282 6722 or go to the web-site. In adjacent Southsea is the Royal Marines Museum. Across the harbour, in Gosport, are the Hovercraft Museum and the RN Submarine Museum at HMS Alliance. The RN's Naval Armaments Museum at Gosport is open to the public, as "Explosion! Museum of Naval Firepower". There is now a Diving Museum at Gosport. At the north end of the harbour, at Fareham, the shore establishment HMS Collingwood includes their Historic Collection of Naval Radar & Radio equipment. Also near Fareham, The Royal Armouries Ordnance Museum is at Fort Nelson There are examples of artillery from earliest times to WWII. They have live firings from time to time. Some of the old harbour defence forts are decommissioned and are open to visitors from time to time (eg: Fort Brockhurst). Portchester Castle is a ruined mediaeval castle within the walls of a Roman fortress, and incorporates some World War II defensive positions. Southampton, where the great transatlantic liners used the deep water harbour, is only a few miles away. It has a new maritime museum at SeaCity Museum and a number of maritime memorials (eg: Mayflower, Stella and Titanic). The British Military Powerboat Trust had a collection of fast boats at Marchwood. It merged with Portsmouth Naval Base and is now called British Military Powerboat Team, though many of the Trust's powerboats have been dispersed. A few miles from Southampton, Bucklers Hard on the Beaulieu (pronounced Bewley) river used to be an important ship-building centre for the Royal Navy in the days of sail. This picturesque village has a maritime museum.


Steam Tug Portwey (NHF)
South Quay, West India Dock, London E14

Correspondence to: The Steam Tug Portwey Trust, 4 Almond Avenue, Wickford, Essex SS12 0BN

Tel: mobile: 07973139491 (Chairman of Trust)

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Weds, 14:00 - 20:00 or BA. GV & Edu should email the Secretary.

Built 1927-28 by Harland & Wolff, Govan. The last steam powered, coal-fired twin screw tug active in UK. 94 tons gr. Twin steam engines rated 330 IHP; 140 psi Scotch boiler. In care of Maritime Trust until 2000. Occasional Thames river trips: see website.


The Queenstown Story
Cobh Heritage Centre, Cobh, Co. Cork, Republic of Ireland

Correspondence to: Cobh Heritage Trust Limited, Cobh Heritage Centre, Cobh, Co. Cork, Republic of Ireland

Tel: +353 (0)21 4813591
Fax: +353 (0)21 4813595

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily 09:30 - 18:00 (Sun & BH 11:00 - 18:00). Last entry 17:00.

Multimedia exhibition on Cobh, the harbour for Cork. Emphasis on emigration, emigrant & convict ships. Cunard & White Star liners. The Titanic & Lusitania. Shipping memorabilia, maritime artefacts New genealogical info centre. Edu & GV BA. ARC & DB - BA.


Ramsgate Maritime Museum

Clock House, Pier yard, Royal Harbour, Ramsgate, Kent CT11 8LS

Tel: +44 (0)1843 570622

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Tues-Sun, 10:00-17:30, May to Sept

Four galleries with displays showing development of the harbour, navigation, local fishing, lifeboats & shipwrecks on the Goodwin Sands, incl Stirling Castle. A 17C demi-cannon from latter. Historic vessels: SUNDOWNER (1912, Dunkirk) & tug CERVIA, BA


Rhyl Library, Museum and Arts Centre
Church Street, Rhyl, Denbighshire LL18 3AA, Wales

Tel: +44 (0)1745 353814 (Library); (0)1824 708205 (Council Arts).
Fax: +44 (0)1745 331438, (0)1824 708258

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Mon Tue Wed Fri, 09:30-19:00; Thur 09:30-17:00, Sat 09:00-12:30.

A small museum illustrates social & maritime history of fishing village & holiday resort. Models of local shipping, the Lifeboat "Caroline Richardson", and a photographic collection. Edu & GV.


River and Rowing Museum
Mill Meadows, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 1BF

Tel: +44 (0)1491 415600; Edu & events: 415605, Curators: 415637.
Fax: +44 (0)1491 415601

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily. May-Aug 10:00-17:30, Sept-April 10:00-17:00. Closed Xmas.

The River Thames & rowing: as a sport & for lifesaving. Thames in history: archaeology, literature, crafts & wildlife. An 1812 gig, Saxon logboat, traditional Thames boats & modern racing shells. Lectures & special exhibitions. ARC AV DB Edu GV Lib MM/IMM.


Riverside Museum
100 Pointhouse Place, Glasgow G3 8RS

Tel: +44 (0)141 287 2720. Resource Centre: 0141 276 9300.
Fax: +44 (0)141 276 9305 (Glasgow Museums Resource Centre)

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily, 10:00-17:00 (11:00-17:00 on Fri & Sunday).

Wheeled & other transport displays, many from the Kelvin Hall collection. Some ship models in glass cases, others in a large rotating display. Part of collection stored at GMRC. Some other maritime displays. AV, Edu. Restored barque GLENLEE is alongside.


Robertson Museum and Aquarium
Millport Field Centre, Millport, Isle of Cumbrae, North Ayrshire, Scotland KA28 0EG

Correspondence to: Field Studies Council, Preston Montford, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England SY4 1HW. Fax: 01743 852101

Tel: +44 (0)1475 530581/2
Fax: +44 (0)1475 530601

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Museum & Aquarium open at weekends.

Geology & oceanography, fish & invertebrates of the Clyde. Now managed by Field Studies Council. Various educational facilities available.


Rochester Guildhall Museum
High Street, Rochester, Kent ME1 1PY

Tel: +44 (0)1634 332900

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Tues - Sun, 10:00-16:30 (last entry 16:00). Closed Mondays.

The Hulks: the prison ships on the Medway where French & American PoWs were held during the Napoleonic wars. Shipbuilding, models of rivercraft. Tools, local memorabilia, weapons, prints. Special exhibitions: "Stories from the Great War". Edu & GV BA


Royal Air Force Museum, London
Grahame Park Way, Hendon, London NW9 5LL

Tel: +44 (0)20 8205 2266; GV: 020 8358 4849, Edu: 020 8358 4896
Fax: +44 (0)20 8200 1763

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily except Christmas & New Year; usually 10:00-18:00

Air-Force museum has many items of Naval interest: flying boats, anti-submarine helicopters, Vosper launch, a pinnace & a seaplane tender. Some aircraft had RNAS, RN or RAN service. Mk.1 airborne lifeboat. TIRPITZ display. Fritz X bomb. German WW1 NAS badges.


Royal Cornwall Museum
Royal Institution of Cornwall, River St., Truro, Cornwall TR1 2SJ

Tel: +44 (0)1872 272205 (extn 245 for Edu.) Library: 01872 242786.
Fax: +44 (0)1872 240514

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Mon - Sat 10:00-16:45. Closed Sundays & BH. Check website.

Paintings by Cornish artists include marine subjects. Some other maritime material in well displayed galleries on local history, archaeology & mineralogy. Parkes scrimshaw collection in storage: BA. DB GV Edu BA. Maritime archives in Courtney Library, BA.


Royal Fleet Auxiliary Association Archive
Rooms 212 & 214, The Semaphore Tower, HM Naval Base, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 3LT

Correspondence to: The Chairman, Cartmel, 14 St Nicholas Grove, Wrea Green, Preston, Lancashire PR4 2WB

Tel: +44 (0)2392 725602, +44 (0) 1772 685427, +44 (0) 1833 640045

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: By appointment only; please contact via phone, website or e-mail.

The RFA Association holds an archive of several thousand photographs, documents, ephemera & artefacts relating to the RFA. The Association is an Armed Forces sector charity formed to preserve the traditions of the service and support members.


Royal Marines Museum
Eastney Road/Esplanade, Southsea, Hampshire PO4 9PX

Tel: +44 (0)23 9281 9385
Fax: +44 (0)23 9283 8420

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily 10:00-17:00 in summer & school hols. Nov-March: Weds-Sun.

Weapons, uniforms, medals, equipment, pictures, silver, models, maps & personal items displayed on 3 floors show history of the Marines on land & sea since 1664 (Admiral's Regiment). Special exhibitions vary - see website. Lib, ARC, Edu & GV: all BA.


Royal Museums Greenwich

Internet and e-mail links:

The group includes the National Maritime Museum & the Cutty Sark, both of which have their own entries in this list. The Royal Observatory and Queens House are also part of Royal Museums Greenwich.


Royal National Lifeboat Institution Headquarters
West Quay Road, Poole, Dorset BH15 1HZ

Tel: +44 (0)1202 662228. Heritage Trust: 0845 045 6999

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Reception: Mon - Fri, except BH. ARC & Lib: Mon & Thur, BA.

Displays of some RNLI memorabilia in reception area. Collection of fine art, models, archives & memorabilia are in storage, with access Mon & Thursday BA. Lib: BA. Occasional Open Days. See also: Poole Old Lifeboat Museum, for the "Thomas Kirk Wright" boat.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution has many museums and displays around the British Isles. As well as the collection at its HQ in Poole, the following lifeboat museums are included in this list: Barmouth RNLI Museum, Grace Darling Museum at Bamburgh, Henry Blogg Museum at Cromer, Lifeboat! at Chatham, the Lifeboat Museum at Eastbourne, Whitby Lifeboat Museum and the Zetland Lifeboat Museum at Redcar.
Very many other museums in this list also exhibit RNLI material. For a free list & map of all lifeboat museums, display centres and lifeboat stations in Britain and Ireland, contact the RNLI HQ at Poole. They would appreciate a donation to defray costs, as the RNLI is a charity supported entirely by voluntary contributions.
The Henry Ramey Upcher Private Lifeboat Museum at Sheringham and the Tynemouth Volunteer Lifebrigade Museum at North Shields are not RNLI museums.


Old Royal Naval College
King William Walk, Greenwich, London SE10 9NN

Tel: +44 (0) 20 8269 4799. (Edu: 020 8269 4711)
Fax: +44 (0) 20 8269 4757

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Usually open daily, check for occasional closures. Tours offered.

The Great Hall (Thornhill's "Painted Hall") & the Chapel of St Peter & St Paul are usually open. The Discover Greenwich Visitor Centre explains the site's history. Concerts, exhibitions & guided tours. University of Greenwich uses part of site. Edu, GV.


Royal Naval Museum
See: National Museum of the Royal Navy (Portsmouth).


Royal Naval Patrol Service Association's Museum
Sparrows Nest Gardens, Whapload Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk NR32 1XG

Tel: +44 (0)1502 586250, AH: 564344. (War Mem Mus: 583047, 517950).

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Mon, Wed, & Friday, usually 09:00-12:00 (Check first) or BA.

In a building once part of HMS EUROPA (1939-45) the RNPS Assocn has a large display of photographs, models & other memorabilia in a room dedicated to Lt. Richard Stannard VC RNR. ARC & Lib BA. The RNPS Memorial, & Maritime & War Memorial museums are nearby.


The Royal Navy Submarine Museum
Haslar Jetty Road, Gosport, Hampshire PO12 2AS

Tel: +44 (0)23 9251 0354. Exten 240 to book GV. Edu: 023 9254 5033.
Fax: +44 (0)23 9251 1349

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily 10:00-17:30 Apr-Oct. Winter: Wed-Sun. Check for closures!

Tours of HMS Alliance (subject to conservation work). Museum has models, mementos & medals. Hands-on periscopes. Diving gear. New exhibition displays Holland I (1901). Biber & X-24 miniature subs. Torpedoes, Cruise & Polaris missiles. BA: ARC Lib Edu & GV.


Ruskin Museum
Yewdale Road, Coniston, Cumbria LA21 8DU

Tel: +44 (0)15394 41164
Fax: +44 (0)15394 41132

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily, March - mid-Nov; Wed - Sun in winter. GV. See web-site.

This museum for the artist & writer John Ruskin has displays of local history, geology & the community. An extension displays salvaged parts of BLUEBIRD K7 record-breaking jet boat in which Donald Campbell died. Campbell & Arthur Ransome memorabilia.


Russian Arctic Convoy Museum
Planned to be set up at Aultbea, Wester Ross, Scotland

Correspondence to: Russian Arctic Convoy Museum Group, c/o 20 Mellon Charles, Aultbea, Wester Ross IV22 2JN, Scotland.

Tel: +44 (0)7984 661215

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Under development.

A new museum is being developed, to highlight the story of the convoys that sailed from Loch Ewe & other ports in Britain to the northern Russian ports in WW2. It will cover the men of the Royal& Merchant Navies who carried supplies to our ally in 1941-1945.


Russian Submarine 'U475' (B-39)
Temporarily on the River Medway, awaiting relocation.

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Not normally accessible to visitors at present.

Ex-Soviet Navy, Foxtrot class hunter-killer submarine. 300 ft, 2475 tons dived displacement. Carried 22 torpedoes (2 low-yield nuclear warheads). 75 crew. Built c 1967, decommissioned 1994. Had been on the Thames and at Folkestone. Now in poor condition.


Salcombe Maritime Museum
Old Council Hall, Market Street, Salcombe, Devon TQ8 8DE

Tel: +44 (0)1548 843080; Tourist Information Centre: 01548 843927.

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily, 10:30-12:30, 14:30-16:30, April - end of Oct. Edu, GV BA.

Marine paintings. Shipbuilding, ropeworking & sailmaking tools. Salcombe schooners & the maritime fruit trade. Ship models, ships in bottles. Items from local shipwrecks. WW2 & Slapton. Young Sailors Corner for children. Edu & GV BA. Lifeboat Museum nearby.


Saltburn Smugglers Heritage Centre
adjacent to The Ship Inn, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Redcar & Cleveland TS12 1HF

Tel: +44 (0)1287 625252, (0)1642 444318.
Fax: +44 (0)1642 481089

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Closed for an uncertain time, due to storm damage.

Atmospherically dark re-creation of a late 18 century smuggler's tavern at night. Audio commentary tells story of John Andrew and other local smugglers. In addition to authentic 'props' there are old prints depicting smuggling & revenue cutters. Edu & GV BA.


Scalloway Museum
Castle Street, Scalloway, Shetland Islands

Tel: +44 (0)1595 880734 (during opening hours)

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Mon - Sat 11:00-16:00, Sun 14:00-16:00, May - Sept.

New museum features the life of Shetlanders. Special exhibit on "The Shetland Bus", a sea-borne Norwegian Resistance undertaking, assisted by the RN. Photos, maps, listings of missions & vessels. Shetland fishing & whaling history: model boats etc.


Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum
Pier Head, Lyness, Hoy, Orkney Islands KW16 3NU

Correspondence to: Orkney Heritage, Dept of Development & Protective Services, Orkney Islands Council, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1NY

Tel: +44 (0)1856 791300 or 873535 for Orkney Heritage
Fax: +44 (0)1856 875846 (Orkney Heritage)

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily, May - Sept; Spring/Autm Mon - Fri/Sat; Shut Nov - March.

The naval history of Scapa Flow, from the Napoleonic War to WW2. Relics from the scuttled German High Seas Fleet, & from RN ships. Propeller & gun from HMS HAMPSHIRE. Other ordnance. Wartime life on Orkney. Photos & memorabilia. In RN oil pump-house.


Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre
45 Eastborough, Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO11 1NH

Tel: +44 (0)1723 369361

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Wed - Sun 11:00 - 16:00

The Centre collects artefacts, documentation & memorabilia about Scarborough's maritime past. Pictures, ship models, bombardment of Scarborough, local fishing, ship-building. Maritime Archives of the Yorkshire coast. Award-winning web-site. ARC, Edu, Lib.


Scott Polar Research Institute
see: Polar Museum, SPRI, Cambridge.

Tel: +44 (0)1223 336540
Fax: +44 (0)1223 336549

Internet and e-mail links:


Scottish Fisheries Museum
St Ayles, Harbourhead, Anstruther, Fife KY10 3AB, Scotland

Tel: +44 (0)1333 310628
Fax: +44 (0)1333 310628

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily 10:00-17:30 (Sun 11:00-17:00) Apr-Sept. Winter times alter.

Displays history of Scottish fishing from earliest times to the present including whaling, salmon & related trades. Fisherfolk & Scottish women in fishing trade. Many historic boats, including REAPER & large Zulu RESEARCH. Photo arch & Lib BA. Edu, GV.


Museum of Scottish Lighthouses
Kinnaird Head, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire AB43 9DU, Scotland

Tel: +44 (0)1346 511022
Fax: +44 (0)1346 515879

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily in summer 10:00-17:00. Weds-Sun in winter.

Lenses & equipment from Scottish lighthouses. Kinnaird Castle was the Northern Lighthouse Board's first mainland lighthouse (1787). Stevenson engineering family. Lives of lighthouse men. Tours to top of tower. ARC, Edu, AV & IMM. Special events, shop & cafe.


Scottish Maritime Museum
The Linthouse Building, Harbourside, Gottries Road, Irvine, Ayrshire, KA12 8QE, Scotland

Tel: +44 (0)1294 278283
Fax: +44 (0)1294 313211

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily, 10:00-17:00, March to 22nd December.

Refurbished museum of Scotland's maritime history. Shipbuilding. Linthouse 19C engineering shop. 1920s workers' tenement flat. Slipway & work-shops. Many historic Scottish vessels. Exhibitions& seasonal events in the Boatshop. ARC/Lib Edu GV: all BA


SeaCity Museum
Havelock Road, Southampton, Hampshire SO14 7FY

Tel: +44 (0)23 8083 3007. Edu: 023 8083 2810.

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily, 10:00-17:00

Museum tells story of Southampton's people & their links with the sea. Titanic gallery displays a large scale model, the White Star Line & effects of the disaster. Ship models, drawings, paintings& photos. Costume. Archaeology. ARC, DB, Edu (Learning Deck).


Seized! The Border and Customs uncovered
Border Force National Museum. Within Merseyside Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4AQ

Tel: +44 (0)151 478 4499; 478 4788 for Edu & GV.
Fax: +44 (0)151 478 4590

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: daily, 10:00-17:00, except Christmas & New Year holiday period.

Equipment used by Customs & Excise. Prints, paintings photographs& confiscated items. Smuggling & prevention since 1700. Revenue collection. Detection of prohibited goods, trade in endangered species etc. Within Merseyside Maritime Museum (qv). MM, Edu, GV.


Selsey Lifeboat Museum
Kingsway, Selsey, Chichester, West Sussex PO20 0DL. (behind the inshore lifeboat house)

Tel: +44 (0)1243 602387. Lifeboat: 01243 602833. GV: 01243 265267.
Fax: +44 (0)1243 607790

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Most days, Easter - end Sept. Confirmation advisable. GV: BA

The history & organisation of the RNLI. History of the Selsey Lifeboat Station since 1861 is shown with photographs, models & videos of rescues. Housed in old inshore lifeboat building (the offshore boathouse is always open). Tyne Class Lifeboat 47-001


Sewerby Hall Art Gallery and Museum (Museum of East Yorkshire)
Church Lane, Sewerby, Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire YO15 1EA

Tel: +44 (0)1262 673769
Fax: +44 (0)1262 673090

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Hall closed for refurbishment until August 2014.

This museum of E. Yorkshire history includes maritime paintings. A collection of HM Coastguard items accessible BA. (Coastguard archives are at nearby HM Coastguard Station, BA) Exhibitions & events vary. Edu & GV BA.


Sheringham Museum
Was at: Station Road, Sheringham, Norfolk NR26 8RE. See: "The Mo", where the new museum is located.

Shetland Museum and Archives
Hay's Dock, Lerwick, Shetland ZE1 0WP

Tel: +44 (0)1595 695057; archives: 01595 741554.
Fax: +44 (0)1595 696729

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily, 10:00-17:00 (Sundays 12:00-17:00). Archives Mon-Friday.

The history of the Shetland Islands from early times to present. Boat collection. Fishing & whaling implements, tools, navigation instruments. The lives of seamen in merchant vessels, fishing & whaling. Archive & photo collection for research. Edu & GV BA.


Shipwreck Centre & Maritime Museum
Arreton Barns Craft Village, Arreton, Isle of Wight PO33 3AA.

Tel: +44 (0)1983 533079; 539360 (Craft Village Complex)

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily 10:30 - 16:30 Easter - end October.

Large display related to diving & shipwreck, once at Bembridge. Artifacts recovered from local wrecks. Diving equipment, photos, ship models & memorabilia. Rescue at sea & local lifeboats. The ex-RNLI pulling & sailing lifeboat "Queen Victoria" (1887).


Shipwreck Museum Hastings
Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings, East Sussex TN34 3DW

Tel: +44 (0)1424 437452
Fax: +44 (0)1424 437452

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily 10:00-17:00 in Summer. Weekends 11:00-16:00 in Winter or BA

The Maritime Shore: a collection of items from shipwrecks, 150 AD to the 19C. Wrecks of the AMSTERDAM, ANNE & other local wrecks. Displays on fishing and the Cinque Ports. Visits to shipwreck sites, lectures, general local history. Edu & GV BA.


Shipwreck Rescue and Heritage Centre
Quay Road, Charlestown, St Austell, Cornwall PL25 3NJ

Tel: +44 (0)1726 69897. Restaurant: 01726 67618.
Fax: +44 (0)1726 68025

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily, 1 March - 1 Nov, 10:00 - 17:00.

Extensive displays of artifacts from 150 wrecks. Old diving gear. Local history of port built 1791 for export of fish, minerals & china clay. Recreated local workshops. RNLI & rescue at sea. In a historic building by the old harbour. Edu & GV BA.


The Shuttleworth Collection
Shuttleworth (Old Warden) Aerodrome, near Biggleswade, Bedfordshire SG18 9EP

Tel: +44 (0)1767 627927; GV booking: 01767 627924 (weekdays)
Fax: +44 (0)1767 627329

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily, 09:30-17:00 summer, 10:00-16:00 winter. Lib: Tuesdays.

A collection of about 40 veteran & historic aircraft, a few with Naval associations. Includes an airworthy 1941 Hawker Mk Ib Sea Hurricane. Frequent flying displays from all-grass airfield. Veteran vehicles & other attractions. Edu, GV & Lib/archives BA.


Sir Max Aitken Museum
The Prospect, 83 High Street, West Cowes, Isle of Wight PO31 7AJ

Tel: +44 (0)1983 293800. For GV or private functions: 07771 1768125
Fax: +44 (0)1983 200253 (at the RYS)

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Tues-Sat, May to end Sept. Daily in Cowes week. Or BA.

Mainly yachting memorabilia, displayed in ex-sail loft. Paintings by Luny, Monamy, Whitcombe & others. Sir Max Aitken's trophies, cups & mementoes. Items from several Royal Yachts. Many models of vessels incl bone PoW. Furniture, boat-shaped cradles, glassware.


The Skellig Experience Heritage Centre
Valentia Island, Ring of Kerry, Co. Kerry, Republic of Ireland (access by road bridge or ferry service)

Tel: +353 (0)66 9476306. Mobiles: 087 6359950, 087 2843286.
Fax: +353 (0)66 9476351

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily, May to Sept. March, April, Oct, Nov: phone to enquire.

The Skellig Islands. Their sea-bird & underwater life and the lighthouse service to mariners. Lighthouse memorabilia, ship-to- shore communications, maritime artefacts. Island boat cruises. Skellig Michael monastic island. AV, Edu.


Skerryvore Lighthouse Museum
Hynish, Isle of Tiree, Argyll & Bute, Scotland PA77 6UQ

Correspondence to: Hebridean Trust, North Parade Chambers, 75a Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6PE (Tel/Fax: 01865 311468;

Tel: +44 (0)1865 311468 (Oxford Offices)

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: enquire by phone or from the Hebridean Trust.

A small museum, housed in the Signal Tower, tells the story of the building of the Skerryvore Lighthouse in the 1840s, by Alan Stevenson, son of Robert Stevenson the Scottish lighthouse engineer, and uncle to the writer Robert Louis Stevenson.


International Slavery Museum
Third floor of Merseyside Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4AX

Tel: +44 (0)151 478 4499; (Edu & GV: 478 4788)
Fax: +44 (0)151 478 4590

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily, 10:00-17:00.

International Slavery Museum in the Merseyside Maritime Museum displays the history of the slave trade: life in West Africa, African art, the transatlantic carriage of African slaves (the "middle passage") & the legacies of slavery. Edu & GV BA.


Smeaton's Tower
The Hoe, Plymouth, Devon PL1 2NZ

Correspondence to: Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery, Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AJ

Tel: +44 (0)1752 304774, 600608
Fax: +44 (0)1752 304775

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily 10:00-16:30 summer; Tues-Sat 10:00-15:00 spring & autumn.

The third lighthouse to have been built (1756-59) on Eddystone Rock. When the present lighthouse was built (1878-82) the top of Smeaton's was removed to Plymouth Hoe. Strenuous access to top lantern room. Edu, GV. Check for occasional closures!


South Shields Museum and Art Gallery
4 Ocean Road, South Shields, Tyne & Wear NE33 2JA

Correspondence to: Tyne & Wear Museums, Newcastle Discovery, Blandford Square, Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE1 4JA (Tel +44 (0)191 277 2169)

Tel: +44 (0)191 456 8740
Fax: +44 (0)191 456 7850

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Mon - Fri 10:00-17:00, Sat 11:00-16:00, Closed Sun & midwinter.

Museum displays the history & archaeology of South Tyneside plus an interpretation of the Gallery's collection of paintings. Shipbuilding. Lifeboats. Art gallery. "Tales of South Tyneside": local history & authoress Catherine Cookson. Edu, GV.


Southampton Maritime Museum
SeaCity Museum

Southwold Museum
9-11 Victoria St, Southwold, Suffolk IP18 6HZ (opposite the Church of Saint Edmund, King and Martyr)

Tel: +44 (0)1502 726097

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily, Easter-Oct, 14:00-16:00.

Refurbished museum of local history & archaeology. Items include Saxon or Viking rudder boards, figureheads, ship models & photos. Southwold as a seaside resort, river ferries. The fishing trade. Medieval trade. Battle of Sole Bay, 1682. GV, ARC & Lib BA.


Southwold Sailors' Reading Room
East Cliff, Southwold IP18 6EL

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Usually open daily, 09:00-17:00 summer; 09:00-15:30 winter.

The walls of this reading room are covered with old photos and paintings of fishing boats & fishermen, half-hulls, prints and RNLI plaques of rescues. Cased displays of ship & boat models. Figureheads. Commemorates Captain Charles Rayley RN, 1781-1863.


Spurn Lightship
Hull Marina, off Castle Street, [Kingston-upon-] Hull,

Correspondence to: Hull City Museums, Ferens Art Gallery, Queen Victoria Square, Hull HU1 3RA

Tel: +44 (0)1482 613902; 01482 300300 for City Council Museums.
Fax: +44 (0)1482 613710

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Some Sundays, 13:30-16:30. Check with website, phone or email.

Steel-hulled manned lightship, built 1927, served until 1975 as a vital navigation aid in approaches to river Humber. 100 ft l.o.a. 18000 cp lantern. Crew of 5 - 7.


St. Katharine's Dock
Located on north bank of Thames, east of the Tower of London. Vehicle approach: Thomas More Street; St Katharines Way to hotel.

Internet and e-mail links:

St. Katharine's is home to a number of spritsail Thames barges & a few other classic boats. All are privately owned. The quaysides are open to all, with restaurants, etc.


Standedge Visitor Centre
Waters Road, Marsden, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire HD7 6NQ

Tel: +44 (0)1484 844298; (0)1977 554351 for Yorks Waterways.

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Mon-Fri: 11:00-16:00, Sat & Sun: 10:30-17:00.

Displays on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal and the Colne Valley. Located in Tunnel End, former canal warehouse. A major canal tunnel, associated with Thomas Telford. Short & long boat trips. See website for special events. Edu, GV BA. Cafe, etc.


Stoke Bruerne (formerly the Canal Museum)
Chapel Lane, Stoke Bruerne, Towcester, Northamptonshire NN12 7SE

Tel: +44 (0)1604 862229. (Private boat trips: 862428; 07966 503 609)
Fax: +44 (0)1604 864199

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily, April-Oct 10:00-17:00. Nov-March: Wed-Sun, from 11 am.

Stone cornmill next to locks of Grand Union Canal displays 200+ years of canal history. Planning & building canals. Blacksmiths & carpenters tools, models of canal vessels, photos of canal life, memorabilia, models. 7 mins walk to Blisworth Tunnel. Edu & GV BA


Stromness Museum
52 Alfred Street, Stromness, Orkney Islands KW17 3DH

Tel: +44 (0)1856 850025
Fax: +44 (0)1856 871560

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily 10:00-17:00, Apr-Sept; Mon-Sat 11:00-15:30, Oct-March.

Maritime & natural history of Orkney. Lighthouse & ship models. Arctic whaling & exploration. Franklin, John Rae & Hudsons Bay Company. Scrimshaw. Cree & Inuit artefacts. Scapa Flow & German fleet of WW1. Boat-building & fishing. ARC, Lib, Edu & GV.


Suffolk Underwater Studies
Front Street, Orford, Suffolk. Above the Orford Craft Shop.

Correspondence to: Mr Stuart Bacon, The Orford Craft Shop, Front Street, Orford, Suffolk IP12 2LN.

Tel: +44 (0)1394 450678
Fax: +44 (0)1394 450323

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily 11:00-17:00

Small museum displays coastal erosion, which has destroyed most of the medieval port of Dunwich. Battle of Sole Bay, 1672. Photos of Dunwich Bank & other shipwreck recoveries & the Orford cannon. Many recovered artefacts. Orford Ness floods in 1953. ARC BA.


Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens
Burdon Road, Sunderland SR1 1PP

Tel: +44 (0)191 553 2323
Fax: +44 (0)191 553 7828

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Mon - Sat: 10:00-17:00; Sundays: 14:00-17:00.

Top floor of refurbished museum displays 'Launched on Wearside'. Models of sail, steam & motor vessels. Builders half-hulls. Ship design & construction. Marine engineering, hand tools, navigation instruments. Elsewhere: Sunderland glass & pottery. AV, Edu, GV.


Sutton Hoo Ship Burial Site
Woodbridge, Suffolk (2 miles E of Woodbridge on B-1083)

Correspondence to: Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 3DJ

Tel: +44 (0)1394 389700 (Office, GV), 389704 (Edu), 389714 (Centre).
Fax: +44 (0)1394 389702

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily, 10:30-17:00 Apr - Oct; phone for details at other times.

Exhibition hall explains the site where 7th C. Anglo-Saxon ship burial was found in 1938-9. Many original finds, on loan from British Museum. Reproduction of King Raedwald's (?) burial with his weapons & possessions. Burial mounds nearby. Edu & GV BA.


The Tall Ship at Riverside (SV Glenlee)

150 Pointhouse Place, Glasgow, G3 8RS. Alongside the Riverside Museum.

Tel: +44 (0)141 357 3699; Edu & GV: 0141 330 9077.

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily from 10:00. Usually closes 17:00 Feb-Oct, 16:00 in winter.

The restored Clydebuilt steel barque Glenlee (1896) is now at the Riverside Museum. She was acquired by Clyde Maritime Trust for restoration at Glasgow. Now most of the ship is accessible (some restrictions for wheelchairs). Edu, Conference hire, etc, BA.


Teignmouth & Shaldon Museum and Historical Society
Teign Heritage Centre, 29 French Street, Teignmouth, Devon TQ14 8ST

Tel: +44 (0)1626 777041

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Tues-Sat 10:00-16:30 or 17:00 March-Oct. Sun & BH pm July & Aug.

Exhibits include cannon & cannon-balls, tools, pottery & other items recovered from offshore 16C ship-wreck. Maritime paintings. Admiral Pellew memorabilia. Local boat-building, cod fishing, the lifeboat. Seaside resort. WW1 & WW2 memorabilia. ARC & Edu BA.


Tenby Museum and Art Gallery
Castle Hill, Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales SA70 7BP

Tel: +44 (0)1834 842809
Fax: +44 (0)1834 842809

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily 10:00-17:00, mid-March to mid-Nov. Tues-Sat in winter.

Museum includes displays on Tenby's maritime history, piracy and the lifeboats. Photos & memorabilia. Tudor cannon. Local geology& archaeology. Natural history of the seashore. Shell collection. Housed in ruins of Tenby Castle. ARC & Lib BA; Edu, GV. Events.


Thames Police Museum
Wapping Police Station, 98 Wapping High Street, London.

Correspondence to: Wapping Police Station, Wapping High Street, Wapping, London E1W 2NE

Tel: +44 (0)20 72754421

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: BA only: apply in writing, with s.a.e.

Uniforms, equipment & memorabilia relating to over 200 years of policing the Thames. Housed on original site of Thames Marine Police (formed 1798), now the HQ of Metropolitan Police's Marine Support Unit. GV BA (maximum of 20 persons incl school parties).


Time and Tide Museum of Great Yarmouth Life
Tower Curing Works Building, Blackfriars Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR30 3BX

Tel: +44 (0)1493 743930; 743943 for GV, 743944 for Edu.
Fax: +44 (0)1493 743940

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily, 09:30-16:30 April-Oct. Daily in winter, but shorter times.

Great Yarmouth's maritime heritage & society. Herring fishing & curing. Kippers & bloaters. Replica of a fish quay & coopering. Local history & archaeology. Special events & exhibitions. Tools, model boats & historic fishing boats. ARC, AV, Edu & GV.


Titanic Belfast
Queens Road, Queens Island, Belfast BT3 9DT, Northern Ireland

Tel: +44 (0)28 9076 6386. Ticket sales: 6399. Edu: 6373. GV: 6376.

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily from 09:00 or 10:00. Timed ticket entry. See website!

The story of RMS TITANIC is presented in 9 galleries. Building, launch & maiden voyage. The sinking, its aftermath & legends. The discovery of the wreck in 1985. Ocean exploration. Edu, GV, multi -language audio tours, guided tours.


Tolbooth Museum
Old Quay, The Harbour, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, Scotland AB39 2JU

Correspondence to: Aberdeenshire Heritage Education & Recreation Service, Woodhill House Annexe, Westburn Road, Aberdeen AB16 5GJ

Tel: Mobile: 07512 466329 (museum open hours only).

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Wed to Mon, 13:30-16:30, April-Sept. Closed Tuesdays.

Displays illustrate history of Stonehaven. Links with the sea: inshore fishing, herring barrel coopering. Housed in Stonehaven's oldest building, a 16C storehouse which served as a tolbooth and later as a prison. Volunteers set up various activities. GV BA.


Topsham Museum
25 The Strand, Topsham, Exeter, Devon EX3 0AX

Tel: +44 (0)1392 873244

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Sat, Sun, Mon, Wed & Thur, pm only, (+ Tue in Aug). Easter - Oct.

Ship-building, fishing & merchant voyages form a part of the displays in this furnished 17C merchant's house, with sail loft & estuary gardens. Ship models, tools, pictures & documents. River Exe boats in new River Gallery incl CYGNET. GV BA


Museum of Transport
Was at: Kelvin Hall, 1 Bunhouse Road, Glasgow G3 8DP, Scotland. This collection is now at: Riverside Museum, Glasgow.


'HMS' Trincomalee (NHF-CC)
Hartlepool Historic Quay, Jackson Dock, Hartlepool TS24 0XZ

Tel: +44 (0)1429 223193. Edu: 01429 860077.
Fax: +44 (0)1429 864385

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily 10:00-17:00 April-Oct; 11:00-16:00 in winter. Shut Xmas.

Leda class 38 gun frigate, built of teak in Bombay 1817. Refitted 1845-47 as 26 gun sixth-rate. Ex-Foudroyant, now fully restored. Three-masted ship-rig, 54.9 m LOA . Most parts are accessible to visitors, with a lift to aid the disabled. Edu & GV BA.


Trinity House Maritime Museum, Leith
99 Kirkgate, Leith, (Edinburgh) Scotland EH6 6BJ

Tel: +44 (0)131 554 3289

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Mon-Friday, pre-booked guided tours only. Saturdays?

An eclectic collection of ship models, navigational instruments, paintings & portraits, tools, whaling items and exotica donated by returning seamen. Historic furnishings. Edu BA.


True's Yard Fisherfolk Museum
North Street, King's Lynn, Norfolk PE30 1QW (at the corner of St Ann's Street and North Street)

Tel: +44 (0)1553 770479; 01553 771200 for Edu.
Fax: +44 (0)1553 765100

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Tues-Sat 10:00-16:00 except Christmas to New Year. Edu & GV BA.

Models of fishing boats (many built by local fishermen), fishing gear, photos, clothing & memorabilia. Restored old fishermen's cottages. 1904 fishing boat in the yard. Video, DB. Edu & GV BA. ARC BA: documents related to the Wash since 16C & many photos.


Tugnet Ice House
at the WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre, Spey Bay, Moray, Scotland IV32 7PJ

Tel: +44 (0)1343 820339
Fax: +44 (0)1343 829065

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily, 10:30-17:00, April-October. Guided 45 min tours. GV BA.

Large brick ice-house, once used to store ice for salmon & other fishermen, allowing them to send fish to distant markets. Now it is part of the Whale & Dolphin Conservation Society centre. Tours daily in summer: history of salmon fishing & whale exhibits. Edu.


Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade Museum
Spanish Battery, Tynemouth, North Shields, Tyne & Wear NE30 4DD

Correspondence to: Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade Secretary, 31a John Street, Cullercoats, Tyne and Wear, NE30 4PJ

Tel: +44 (0)191 2591099 (09:00-17:00, weekdays).

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Temporarily closed for restoration building work.

The Watch House Museum displays pictures & memorabilia related to the work of the Brigade on the North Tyneside coast since 1864. Relics from shipwrecks, figureheads, plaques. The Brigade is an independent organisation, dealing with local emergencies. Edu GV.


Woodside Ferry Terminal, Birkenhead, Merseyside.

Tel: +44 (0)151 330 1000; 0151 330 1444 for GV & Edu

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily, 10:30-16:30 for 17:00

German WW2 Type IXc/40 submarine. Sunk by RAF aircraft at end of the war and salvaged in 1993. 76.8 m LOA, 6 torpedo tubes, 105 mm deck gun, 20 mm & 37 mm AA guns. Cut into sections for move from East Float, these allow better viewing. Visitor centre. Edu BA.


Ulster American Folk Park
2 Mellon Road, Castletown, Omagh, Co Tyrone BT78 5QU, N. Ireland

Tel: +44 (0)28 8224 3292. Migration Studies Centre: 028 8225 6315.
Fax: +44 (0)28 8224 2241

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Tues-Sunday, + BH Mon. 10:00-17:00 Mar-Sept. Shorter in winter.

Museum of emigration history. Dockside Gallery includes replica emigrant brig "Union". Part of an extensive display of furnished original buildings & gallery exhibitions, interpreting emigrant life in Ulster & North America. AV, MM, Edu, GV, Lib, DB


Ulster Folk and Transport Museum
153 Bangor Road, Cultra, Holywood, Co. Down, Northern Ireland BT18 0EU

Tel: +44 (0)28 9042 8428; GV: 9039 5101.
Fax: +44 (0)28 9042 8728

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Tue-Sun + BH Mon. 10:00-17:00 March-Sept; shorter in winter.

Extensive site showing life & traditions of the people of Ulster. The Transport Galleries include some maritime items. Titanic exhibition. Boatbuilding, marine engines, fishing gear, models, pictures. The steel schooner "Result" (1893). Edu, Lib, ARC BA.


Ulster Museum
Botanic Gardens, Belfast BT9 5AB, Northern Ireland

Tel: +44 (0)28 9044 0000; Edu: 9044 0100; Lib: +44 (0)28 90428428

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Tues - Sun & BH Mon 10:00-17:00. Closed Christmas & most Mondays.

National museum. Collections of art, archaeology & local history. Gallery of artefacts recovered from GIRONA shipwreck of the 1588 Spanish Armada. The Sea Around Us diorama of marine wildlife. Militaria collection. ARC, Edu. Library at Cultra.


The Frigate Unicorn (NHF-CC)
Victoria Dock, Dundee DD1 3BP, Scotland

Correspondence to: The Unicorn Preservation Society, HM Frigate Unicorn, Victoria Dock, Dundee DD1 3BP, Scotland.

Tel: +44 (0)1382 200900
Fax: +44 (0)1382 200923

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily 10:00-17:00 Apr-Oct. Winter Weds-Sun, shorter hours or BA

46 gun frigate (Chatham 1824), put into reserve. Oldest British- built warship afloat. Most of hull original. The roof was fitted when "in ordinary". Unusual rounded stern. All decks open to visit. Lightweight reproduction guns. ARC, GV, Edu & Lib BA.


Unst Boat Haven
Haroldswick, Unst, Shetland Isles, ZE2 9ED (The northernmost maritime museum in the British Isles)

Correspondence to: Unst Heritage Trust, Old School, Haroldswick, Unst, Shetland ZE2 9EQ

Tel: +44 (0)1957 711809. Unst Heritage Centre: 01957 711528

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily, 11:00-16:00, (Sundays 14:00-16:00) May - Sept.

17 traditional Shetland boats, mostly 1860s-1960s. Displayed on a gravel "beach", with period fishing gear, tools, photos, plans, models & charts in large purpose-built shed. Links with Norse vessels shown. "Far Haaf" replica sixareen. Reading room.


Valhalla Figurehead Museum

Tresco Abbey Gardens, Tresco, Isles of Scilly TR24 0QH

Correspondence to: c/o National Maritime Museum, Romney Road, Greenwich, London SE10

Tel: +44 (0)1720 422849
Fax: +44 (0)1720 422807

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily, 10:00 - 16:00.

Collection of 30 ships' figureheads, name-boards & other decorative ships' carvings from the age of sail. Collection was started c. 1840, from local shipwrecks. Includes items from HMS Colossus & HMS Association wrecks.


HMS Victory (NHF-CC)
H.M. Naval Base, Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth

Correspondence to: HMS Victory, c/o National Museum of the Royal Navy, H.M. Naval Base, Portsmouth PO1 3NH

Tel: +44 (0)2392 839766. Research & collections: 02392 723795.

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Normally open daily, 10:00 to 16:00 or 16:45. Tours or free-flow.

Guided tours last 40-45 mins: Nelson's Great Cabin, Quarterdeck, gun-decks & Orlop, where Nelson died 21 Oct 1805. See website for free-flow visits, etc. Ship is maintained in near-original state. In dry berth. Ongoing restoration. AV for disabled. Edu facils.


Walton Maritime Museum
Old Life Boat House, East Terrace, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, CO14 8PZ. (Adjacent to modern MCA HM Coastguard station)

Correspondence to: Frinton & Walton Heritage Trust, Thorpe Green House, Colchester Road, Thorpe le Soken, Essex CO16 0AB. Phone: 01255 861440.

Tel: +44 (0)1255 678259. James Stevens No 14 lifeboat: 01255 861440.

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily, 14:00-16:00 July - Sept. + Easter & May BH. GV & Edu BA.

Maritime displays focus on the lifeboats & their crews, from the boats of the late 19C to 1990s. Local paddle steamers. Duck-punt& gun. Geology of the Naze. RNLI CITY OF LEICESTER outside. The JAMES STEVENS No 14 motor lifeboat (1900-1928) restored. Edu BA.


'HMS' Warrior 1860 (NHF-CC)
Victory Gate, Main Road, Portsmouth PO1 3QX

Correspondence to: The Warrior Preservation Trust, Victory Gate, H.M. Naval Base, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 3QX

Tel: +44 (0)23 9277 8600, Edu & GV: (0)23 9283 9766 or 9277 8609.
Fax: +44 (0)23 9277 8601.

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Usually daily, 10:00 to 16:30/17:00. See website for exceptions.

Ironclad armoured warship (1860). Ship rig & steam powered screw. Restored (Hartlepool) 1979-87. Repro Armstrong 110 pdr rifled BLs& 68 pdr SB MLs. Racks of small arms, messes, galley, officer's cabins, cells, laundry, engine-room. Edu & Specl Interest GVs BA.


Watchet Boat Museum
Harbour Road, Watchet, Somerset (opposite the railway station)

Correspondence to: John Nash, 3 Almyr Terrace, Watchet, Somerset TA23 0DB

Tel: +44 (0)1984 633117 for Hon. Curator, or 634242

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily, 14:00-16:00, Easter - end Sept, or BA

Local fishing, with emphasis on Somerset flatners. Museum owns the last surviving examples of this type of boat. Models, fishing gear, barges, related artefacts & pictures. How to build a modern Somerset Flatner, or a model. ARC, Edu, GV - all BA.


Watchet Market House Museum
Market Street, Watchet, Somerset TA23 0AN

Tel: +44 (0)1984 632266

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily, 10:30-16:30, Easter to end of Oct. or BA

A small general museum with some model ships, figurehead, photos& paintings to illustrate maritime history of the harbour & nautical trade. "Yankee Jack" (John Short). RNLI exhibits incl an original cork lifejacket, paintings & photos. AV. ARC, GV BA.


HQS Wellington (NHF)
Moored on the River Thames near Temple underground station, Victoria Embankment, London.

Correspondence to: The Honourable Company of Master Mariners, HQS WELLINGTON, Temple Stairs, Victoria Embankment, London WCR2 2PN.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7836 8179
Fax: +44 (0)20 7240 3082

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: See web-sites for public opening occasions. GV BA.

RN sloop (1934) served as convoy escort in WW2. Converted to HQ Ship for Master Mariners in 1947, when armament & machinery were removed. Museum of ship models, medals & memorabilia, paintings, instruments & charts. Edu, Lib & ARC BA (phone or online)


Western Approaches Museum
1-3 Rumford Street, Liverpool, Merseyside L2 8SZ. (near the Town Hall).

Tel: +44 (0)151 227 2008
Fax: +44 (0)151 236 6913

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Mon-Thursday & Sat, 10:30-16:30, March - end October. GV BA.

Underground Operations & Map Room, Admiral's Office, Teleprinter Station & other parts of the extensive Western Approaches HQ for the Battle of the Atlantic against German U-boats in WW2. Other displays illustrate life in the 'blitz'. Edu & GV BA.


Whitby Museum
Pannett Park, Whitby, North Yorkshire YO21 1RE

Tel: +44 (0)1947 602908

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Tue - Sun, 09:30-16:00 for 16:30. Closed Mon (ex BH & half-term).

Local history. Exploration & whaling. Capt Cook & the Scoresbys. Models of Baffin, Endeavour, Resolution. Ethnography & scrimshaw. Navigation instruments. Many ship models, incl bone PoW & ivory. Varying exhibitions. Edu BA. (Access to Lib & ARC restricted)


Whitby RNLI Lifeboat Museum
Pier Road, Whitby, North Yorkshire YO21 3PU.

Tel: +44 (0)1947 602001, 07467 335599

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily 10:00-17:00 Easter-Oct. 11:00-16:00 autumn. Winter: W/ends.

Main display is the pulling lifeboat "Robert and Ellen Robson", built 1918, in service to 1957. Displays of ship & boat models, rescue service boards, memorabilia of rescues & coxswains. Model of hospital ship Rohilla, wrecked 1914. Many photos. Edu & GV BA.


Whitstable Museum and Gallery
5 Oxford Street, Whitstable, Kent CT5 1DB

Tel: +44 (0)1227 276998. Edu: 01227 475204
Fax: +44 (0)1227 772379

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Thurs-Sun 11:00-16:30 April-Sept. See website for other times.

Good collection of maritime art, esp ship portraits. Displays on local seafaring, oyster fisheries. Early diving: shipwrecks and maritime archaeology. Whitstable and the sea. Coastal wildlife. See web-site for Special Exhibitions. AV, GV, Edu.


Wick Heritage Centre
18-27 Bank Row, Wick, Caithness KW1 5EY, Scotland

Correspondence to: The Wick Society, 20 Bank Row, Wick, Caithness KW1 5EY, Scotland

Tel: +44 (0)1955 605393
Fax: +44 (0)1955 605393

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Mon - Sat 10:00-15:45, April - October. GV BA.

Wick was major herring port. Fishing gear, coopering, kippering. Mechanism & optics from Stevenson's Noss Head lighthouse. Model boats. Social history. Johnston photo collection. Diving, clothing, Art Gallery. Isabella Fortuna (1890) & other old boats.


Williamson Art Gallery and Museum
Slatey Road, Birkenhead, Merseyside CH43 4UE

Tel: +44 (0)151 652 4177. (0151 666 4010 for Wirral Museums Service)
Fax: +44 (0)151 670 0253

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Wed - Sun 10:00-17:00. Closed BH.

Includes maritime exhibits, particularly on the local ferries, & Cammell Laird, the shipbuilders. Ship models & other local maritime history. Other displays include fine art, local artists, ceramics & embroidery. Temporary exhibitions. ARC, Edu & GV: BA.


Windermere Steamboat Museum
Rayrigg Road, Windermere, Cumbria

Correspondence to: Lakeland Arts Trust, Abbot Hall, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 5AL

Tel: +44 (0)1539 722464 for Lakeland Arts Trust at Abbots Hall.
Fax: +44 (0)1539 722494 for Lakeland Arts Trust at Abbots Hall.

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Closed, for conservation, fundraising & major redevelopment.

A fine collection of historic powered boats, some salvaged from sunken wrecks and restored to working order. Steam launch "Dolly" (c1850) is oldest powered boat. Many other early steam launches, motor, rowing & sailing boats. Collection closed for a time.


PS Wingfield Castle (NHF)
Jackson Dock, Maritime Avenue Hartlepool TS24 0XZ. (Adjacent to Hartlepool Historic Quay & Museum of Hartlepool)

Tel: +44 (0)1429 860077 (for adjacent Museum of Hartlepool)
Fax: +44 (0)1429 867332

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: normally open daily; check with the Museum of Hartlepool.

Side-paddle steamer. River Humber LNER ferry 1934-74. Now fully restored, in dock where she was built. Triple expansion steam engine. Recent refurbishment has reduced access to some lower deck areas that are now reserved for corporate & education use.


Wooden Canal Boat Society
near Portland Basin Museum, Portland Place, Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester.

Correspondence to: WCBS, 173 Stamford Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, Tameside OL6 7PS

Tel: +44 (0)161 330 8422.

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: See web-site. Portland Basin Museum is open Tue-Sun 10:00-17:00.

The Society collects & restores old canal craft, mostly working boats, with volunteer labour. It now owns one of the largest collections of wooden canal boats in the UK, & keeps many of them in working condition.


Yorkshire Air Museum

Halifax Way, Elvington, near York, Yorkshire YO41 4AU

Tel: +44 (0)1904 608595 (09:00-17:00 Mon-Fri)
Fax: +44 (0)1904 608246

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Daily, 10:00-17:00 April - mid-Nov; 10:00-16:00 in winter.

Museum is located in partly restored WW2 Bomber Command station. Navy aircraft include a restored Dragonfly, Buccaneer & Gannet. Many RAF jets. A rebuilt Halifax. Barnes Wallis room. Allied, Free-French & Canadian Air Forces Memorial. ARC Lib Edu GV: BA


Yorkshire Waterways Museum
The Sobriety Project, Dutch River Side, Goole, East Riding of Yorkshire DN14 5TB

Tel: +44 (0)1405 768730
Fax: +44 (0)1405 769868

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Mon-Fri 09:00-16:00. Summer weekends & BH: 10:00-16:00.

Museum tells the story of Aire & Calder Navigation & the Port of Goole. Model vessels; shipbuilding & canal tools; A&C documents; personal items; interactive exhibits & galleries. Traditional boats. Special events & activities. ARC, Edu, GV, Lib, Photos.


Zetland Lifeboat Museum
The Esplanade, Redcar, Cleveland TS10 3AH

Tel: +44 (0)1642 494311, 486952

Internet and e-mail links:

Opening days: Tues-Sun, & BH Mon, 12:00-16:00, May-October.

The "Zetland" (NHF-CC) is oldest surviving lifeboat known. Built by Greathead in 1802, in use to 1880. RNLI equipment. Photos of lifeboats, crews, wrecks & rescues. Model ships & lifeboats. A Sperm whale jawbone. Reconstructed fisherman's cottage. GV BA


Abbreviations include: ARC - Archives/Reserve Collection; AV - AudioVisual Display; BA - By Appointment; BH - Bank Holiday (ie: public holiday); DB - Database available; Edu - Education facility; ex - except; GV - Group Visit; inc - including; Lib - Library; MM - MultiMedia display; NHF - National Historic Fleet list of NRHV; NHF-CC - listed in National Historic Fleet's Core Collection of NRHV; NMV - Non-Museum Vessel; NT - National Trust Organization; PoW - Prisoner of War; RML - Rifled Muzzle Loader. There is also a list of abbreviations in the page of introductory notes.

Disclaimer. Although much effort has been made to achieve accuracy, there is no guarantee that this list is free from errors, and details may change at short notice. Never make a special journey to any museum without first confirming the opening times. All the data listed here are believed to be in the public domain.

Updates: We have maintained this list of maritime museums in one form or another since about 1995. We have tried to keep the information up to date. The last revision date for each individual entry is shown in small print at the bottom-right.

Copyright 2003-2015 by Martin H. Evans and Janet West. Permission is hereby granted to Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre for non-profit & educational use.

Introduction, explanations and general information.

Introduction Non-museum historic vessels Authentication and valuations
Telephone number formats Museums' web-site access Opening days
Admission costs and access Shops and catering Reference and guide books
Abbreviations explained Disclaimer and Copyright

Our web-site is not a detailed guide to collections. It is primarily a check-list with location and contact addresses, web links and terse summaries of the exhibits and facilities. It just presents information, primarily in text form.

The main list includes museums and museum-ships, listed in alphabetical order of their usual name. "The Museum of Xyz" is indexed under "Xyz" and not under "Museum" or "The". Naval or ex-naval vessels are given the prefix HMS but are indexed under the vessel's name and not under "HMS". At present, HMS VICTORY is the only museum ship properly entitled to the HMS prefix, as she is still a commissioned Royal Naval vessel. Other vessels that were once RN vessels are given a courtesy prefix of 'HMS' to indicate their past history, although they are now decommissioned.

Note on usage: it is a grammatical error to prefix "HMS" with the definite article ("The"). "HMS" is an abbreviation for "His/Her Majesty's Ship" and it would be a solecism to write or say, for example: "Nelson's flagship was the His Majesty's Ship VICTORY". If the acronym HMS is omitted, in informal use, then it is acceptable to write or say: "The Victory was Nelson's flagship". Current RN personnel often refer to ships by main name only, eg: "Kent" for HMS KENT. However, with so many current warships named after cities (EDINBURGH, ST ALBANS, MONTROSE, etc) this could lead to misunderstandings if used generally.

Note on dimensions: most of the measurements given in this web-site are in standard British units. There are 12 inches in one foot, and one foot is approximately equal to 0.3048 metres. The British land mile equals 1760 yards (5280 feet) or about 1.6093 kilometres.

This website lists over 290 Naval and Maritime Museums in Britain, Ireland and the adjacent islands. Naval museums include Royal Marines (RM) and Fleet Air Arm (FAA) collections. Civil maritime sites include Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), local and national museums with collections related to fisheries, trade, shipbuilding, inland waterways, Customs and Excise, marine biology, maritime exploration and other nautical interests. The list is not exhaustive: many coastal towns have museums with some material related to fishing and the sea. This web-site is intended primarily to offer contact addresses, telephone numbers etc. and links to other web-sites with more detailed information. We include an indication of which days a museum is likely to be open, and give a terse outline of the museum's displays and related facilities.

NMV: Not a Museum Vessel. This is a category that includes privately owned classic vessels that either belong to preservation trusts, or are still earning their keep by being actively used for charter, hire, corporate hospitality, etc. We used to maintain a separate list of some of these vessels, but this list has been discontinued, with effect from February 2013.

Historic Vessels:

The National Historic Ships Committee was set up in 1992 to create a database of the historic vessels existing in Britain and to assess and evaluate preservation efforts. It was able to advise government departments and other relevant organizations. At the time, the database was restricted to British-built or British-owned vessels that had been built before 1945 and which were at least 40 tons displacement or 40 feet in length.
The work begun by the NHSC has now been continued by the National Historic Ships organization, with a somewhat wider remit. There are now about 1000 vessels on the National Register of Historic Vessels and there is a parallel National Archive of Historic Vessels. The criteria for inclusion have been extended: vessels must be at least 50 years old, more than 33 feet (10.07 m) LOA and there is also a National Small Boat Register. The vessels are now grouped into sub-classes. The National Historic Fleet lists over 200 significant vessels and within this category there is a Core Collection of the most important heritage vessels - at present about 60 ships and boats.
The majority of the vessels on the National Register are privately or commercially owned and are not necessarily accessible to the public. They are not to be regarded as museum vessels. These latter comprise only a small fraction of the Register.
The National Small Boat Register is maintained by the National Maritime Museum Cornwall.

People who might like to sail on a classic vessel may find useful information in periodicals such as the British monthly magazines Classic Boat (Leon House, 233 High Street, Croydon, Surrey CR9 1HZ, England), and Traditional Boats and Tall Ships (Wild Publishing, 22a Iliffe Yard, London SE17 3QA, England). There is a useful list of web-sites for classic boat societies and magazines at the web-site for the Essex smack "Pioneer"

A new organisation, the Maritime Heritage Trust, has been formed from the merger of "Heritage Afloat" and the Maritime Trust. Its primary purpose is to extend support for owners of operational historic vessels in the UK, helping them to lobby for support from British national and regional Government departments, heritage bodies, tourism and educational groups. It will work closely with the National Historic Ships organisation (see above). It will continue to belong to The Heritage Alliance and the Domestic Passenger Ship Steering Group. It will be the UK representative on the board of European Maritime Heritage (see below).

European Maritime Heritage is an organization that works to coordinate practical considerations, especially in the sailing of classic vessels, within the different national regulations of European countries. Differing Health and Safety regulations in the countries of the European Community pose problems for those who might wish to sail a classic vessel from one country to another. The web-site is at:

Bonhams: 101 New Bond Street, London, W1S 1SR
Tel: +44 (0)20 7447 7447
Fax: +44 (0)20 7447 7400
That is the head saleroom address. Bonhams has other locations in Britain and abroad.

Telephone and Fax numbers:

AH: Telephone number for after-hours 'phone calls.
GV/SE: ditto for information on Group Visits/Special Events.

Note: some Special Event 'hotline' numbers (eg: those UK ones beginning with 015230, 0331, 0336, 0338, 0660, 08364, 0839, 0870, 0890 to 0898, 0930, 0991 and a few others) are charged at premium-rates and might not be accessible to callers outside the UK. Details of the charges for special numbers are available from BT (British Telecom) as a downloadable PDF document:

All main telephone and fax numbers are now given in the international format of:

For the UK: +44 (0) AreaCodeNumber PhoneNumber
For Eire: +353 (0) AreaCodeNumber PhoneNumber

In this format the (0) indicates a zero that is ignored when calling to (code)44 or (code)353 from outside the British Isles, but must be prefixed to the area code number when dialling within Britain or the Republic of Ireland respectively. (The local area code number format may still be found for incidental phone numbers in other fields).

Museum and unofficial Internet URLs, and e-mail access:

Web sites with information about individual museums have their web addresses listed under the name of the museum. Many are official sites, with e-mail access to the museum; others are unofficial ones maintained by tourist organisations or enthusiasts, that allow no electronic access to the museum. Sites with less information about a museum than is included in the present list are not mentioned, unless they have a useful total amount of information about other related matters. If you find a new and better link or if you find that one of our links has 'died' we would be grateful if you could let us know.

Opening days: Sometimes we only indicate which days a museum opens. Some museums have different opening hours for each day of the week, and sometimes opening hours are changed at short notice. In some cases we give the opening times recently quoted but these cannot be guaranteed. If a museum has a regularly updated web-site, look to see if the current opening hours and admission charges are given there, and telephone for confirmation if there might be any doubt and you are planning to make a significant journey. Many museums cease admitting visitors 30 - 60 minutes before closing time.

Even museums listed as opening "Daily" will normally close over the Christmas holiday period, and maybe other public holidays, such as New Year and Easter. Museums manned by volunteers may open for only about 2 hours on the days listed, and opening may be curtailed or cancelled if a local volunteer cannot turn up. In some museums "Health and Safety at Work" regulations require a minimum of two attendants, and if one fails to turn up the museum may have to close without notice. If a museum opens on Sundays it will often be in the afternoon only. Never make a long journey to any museum without first confirming its precise opening hours for the time you wish to visit.

Admission charges: These are not given because they change too often. The old British cultural tradition of free entry to all museums became impossible to maintain, through chronic under-funding and government economic policies that began in the 1970s. Many little village museums now charge about 50 pence to 2 pounds. Larger museums charge several pounds for a multiple-entry ticket to a major site with several separate attractions. There are usually cheaper concessions for students, the retired and others with no earned income. New government policies now allow many major museums in England and Wales to open free of charge. Some other museums allow free access, but depend upon generous voluntary donations at the door to keep going. Please donate a minimum of one pound per visitor to a small museum: this is the least that they need to cover overhead costs even with unpaid volunteer attendants. A larger one will need more. The situation, including official policy, is constantly changing. If a museum has its own web-site the admission charges will usually be given there.

Access for the disabled: More and more museums are adapting their structures to improve access for those in wheelchairs, etc. In some cases (eg: lighthouses, old buildings and some museum vessels) it is not possible for disabled visitors to have full access. Please enquire from the museum what facilities there are for disabled visitors if this is important to you, as it is not something that we record. Many museums now include this information in their web-sites.

Shops and catering: Most museums sell booklets and souvenirs; the larger ones often have an on-site shop selling books, art reproductions, models, etc, and the income generated helps the museum. Many also have a cafeteria or catering facility for light meals, or there may be a restaurant nearby. We have not listed this information; enquire from the museum if it is important to you.

Reference and Guide Books:

By the nature of book publishing, all guide books are liable to be slightly out of date in a few details by the time they are on sale. At present, "Maritime Britain: a celebration of Britain's maritime heritage" by Paul Heiney (Adlard Coles Nautical, London, 2005; ISBN 10:0-7136-7091-6 or ISBN 13:978-0-7136-7091-2) seems to be the most recent guidebook. It covers in excellent detail the coastal museums of England, Scotland, Wales and the Isle of Man, and is very well illustrated. It does not cover most of the inland waterway collections, nor the Irish museums.

Anthony Burton's "The Daily Telegraph Guide to Britain's Maritime Past" (Aurum Press: London: 2003. ISBN 185410909X or 1854109200) now seems to be out of print, though some bookshops have copies. It is a comprehensive guide to maritime collections and museum vessels in the UK (Ireland is not covered and some inland waterway museums are omitted). The museum entries are interspersed with general historical information and it is well illustrated. Christine Redington's "A Guide to the Small Museums of Britain" (Tauris: London and New York: 2002. ISBN 1860646239) is also useful, with directions for access. It includes several small maritime museums in the UK, but is not at all comprehensive.

Older guides, including Keith Wheatley's "The National Maritime Museum Guide to Maritime Britain" (1990), the volumes in the HMSO series: "Exploring Museums" and a printed version of our list published by Chatham Publishing in 1998, are now out of date.

David Saunders' "Britain's maritime memorials and mementoes" (Patrick Stephens: Sparkford: 1996. ISBN 1852604662) is an extensive illustrated compilation of over 1400 assorted naval and maritime memorials in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man.

"A Guide to Military Museums and other places of military interest" by Terence and Shirley Wise (Terence Wise/Imperial Press: Knighton: 2001) was a very useful book with its details about admission, travelling directions and other places of interest in the area. The 10th edition (2001) seems to have been the last revision, and copies are now hard to find.

The current "Museums and Galleries Yearbook" (The Museums Association, 24 Calvin Street, London E1 6NW; is invaluable for administrative details, but it gives little information about the collections and is not a guide book. A few museums in this list are not in the Yearbook.

Shire Publications have a series of inexpensive small books that serve as good introductions to many topics. They usually have suggestions for places to visit and a bibliography. There are now about 17 maritime and inland-waterway titles in their list. A few are getting a bit out of date, but they reissue revisions from time to time. Shire are now part of Osprey Publishing, Midland House, West Way, Botley, Oxford OX2 0PH. You can see their list at:


ARC: Archives and/or Reserve Collection held for research.
AV: Audio-Visual Displays used.
BA: By appointment, or by prior arrangement.
BH: Bank Holidays (ie Public Holidays).
DB: Database of information on site.
Edu: Educational facilities. (maybe BA)
GV: Group Visits can be arranged. (maybe BA)
Lib: Library on site. (maybe BA)
LOA: Length Overall. Usually excludes bowsprit and other spars.
MM/IMM: Multimedia/Interactive Multimedia displays.
NHF: In the National Historic Fleet, National Register of Historic Vessels.
NHF-CC: In the Core Collection of the National Historic Fleet, National Register of Historic Vessels.
NMV: Not Museum Vessel (see note above).
NT: The National Trust Organization.
PoW: Prisoner of War (usually Napoleonic period).
RML: Rifled Muzzle Loader (cannon).

Although much effort has been made to achieve accuracy, there is no guarantee that this list is free from errors, and details may change at short notice. The information on these pages is for general guidance only and we cannot be held responsible for disappointments or wasted expenses because of changes or circumstances not noted in the entries. Please keep us informed of any corrections, additions or other necessary changes. We are always grateful for information. All the data listed here are believed to be in the public domain.

This page revised by Dr. Martin H. Evans on 9th December 2013.

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