Naval Heritage Centenary


Information Service

The Library also runs the Museum’s Information Service and currently answers over 3500 enquiries each year from the large range of published materials available in the collection.

The staff can also advise on alternative sources if the information sought cannot be located from the sources in the library. A range of information sheets, reading lists and ship information are also available. See our Online Information Bank for more information. (NB: Ship information sheets are not currently available online). You could also try looking at our FAQs and exhibition information pages

Listed below are the methods of contacting us.

Important notes:

• The Museum does not hold any official naval personnel service records in our collections. For advice on where these can be obtained, please contact the library or click on the Useful sources link.

• Our standard response time is 4 working weeks, but this is subject to staff availability .

• We are not able to respond immediately to e-mail enquiries and are not able to send acknowledgements of receipt due to the high volume of enquiries we receive. All enquiries are dealt with on a strict order of receipt. For all enquiries, please ensure you give your postal address.

• Due to our limited staffing resources and the high demand placed on the service, follow-up enquiries are replied to once a month only, when staffing allows.



Brief enquiries can be answered by telephone on 023 9272 3795 during advertised opening hours.

E-mail, Post, Fax

For postal enquiries write to: Information Service, Royal Naval Museum, HM Naval Base (PP66) Portsmouth PO1 3NH.

For E-mail enquiries, click here
Fax enquiry number: 023 9272 3942


Most enquiries can be dealt with free of charge but donations towards supporting our work is appreciated. However, more complex, in depth enquiries or those requesting large amounts of information may incur a charge.

Our current standard information service charge is £20 per hour + VAT. Additional charges for supplying copies of relevant material apply.

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