Naval Heritage Centenary

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A Partnership in Progress

A partnership with the public has been at the heart of the growth of the Museum over the past 30 years. This has seen the donation of major collections – most notably the McCarthy Collection of Nelson memorabilia, which led to the founding of the Museum in its current guise in 1972 – as well as very generous support for fundraising initiatives in recent years.

Recent projects for which funding has been given include:

* The Babcock Galleries - New galleries containing a Special exhibition space and the HMS - Hear My Story exhibition, which tells the story of the Royal Navy and its people since 1900.

* HMS Caroline - The last surviving ship from the 1916 Battle of Jutland will open to the public in the centenary year thanks to an £11.5M grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

* HMS M.33 - The last surviving Royal Navy ship from the 1915 Gallipoli Campaign will open to the public in August 2015 after securing £1.75M from the Heritage Lottery Fund

* D-day Landing Craft (Tank) LCT7074 was raised from where she had sunk at her moorings in Birkenhead in October 2014, and was transported to Portsmouth for restoration the following month. Without the support of a £916,149 grant from the National Memorial Heritage Fund, this would not have been possible.

Invaluable financial and moral support has consistently been given to the Museum over the past 30 years by the Friends of the Museum and HMS Victory.