Naval Heritage Centenary

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Access to the collections

The Museum welcomes researchers, donors and their families to view items within the collections that are not currently on display in the galleries.

Appointments can be made Monday-Fridays between 10am-4pm

Artefacts, Photographs, WRNS, Oral History and Visual Art collections

If you would like to look at items and objects from these collections, please contact the curator to make an appointment. Please note that for some items you will be advised to view or listen to them in the Library’s Reading Room for which the Curator in charge of the item will book your appointment with the Library team. Please follow the directions for library access listed below. Other appointments will be within the Curatorial department housed in the Museum’s No 11 Store building above the Nelson and Sailing Navy Galleries. Please report to the Museum’s main reception for these appointments.

To make an appointment, please call us on 023 9272 7562 and ask for the relevant collection curator.

Library and Manuscripts

The Museum's library and manuscript collections can both be consulted within the Library Reading Room by prior appointment.  You can now also search the manuscript catalogue on-line to select the items you wish to view prior to your visit. The library catalogue is currrently unavailable online. Please call us to discuss your requirements.

To make an appointment, please call us on 023 9272 3795 or click here to email

Please check our news page for planned Reading Room closures.

Due to the Library building being housed within the Naval Base rather than the public Historic Dockyard area, visitors are requested to comply with the current security regulations for entry. Ideally, members of the public should make an appointment 24 hours in advance to view the collection and will need to bring a form of official identification (a full passport or photographic driving licence or two pieces of evidence with your address (eg bank statement, council tax bill, utility bill etc). Before entering the Library, these should be presented to the Base Pass Office who will issue a temporary visitors pass. Please note, that the Pass Office is unstaffed on Friday afternoons and that entry after 12 noon may be restricted due to operational reasons beyond the Museum’s control.

Day visitors to the Heritage Dockyard may be able to arrange to come to the Reading Room on the day. Please contact the Museum's main reception desk for details when you visit.

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