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View of stern of HMS VICTORY

Figureheads on upper floor of the Victory Gallery

Photograph of W L Wyllie and his daughter Aileen painting the Panoram of Trafalgar

Victory Gallery

A trip to the Victory Gallery is the perfect accompaniment to a visit to HMS Victory.

The Gallery’s exhibitions tell the story of the famous ship from the laying of her keel in 1759 to her restoration and preservation. They also focus on the amazing stories of the people who lived, worked and fought in her.

Experience the multi-media show ‘Trafalgar!’ This presentation based on historical research, introduces you to Nelson and Napoleon, puts you in the middle of the smell and noise of a gun deck during the Battle and in the cockpit as the Surgeon treats the wounded. Click on the link above to find out more.

Come and see the artist William Wyllie’s amazing 42 feet long painting The Panorama of the Battle of Trafalgar. See some more of his finest oil paintings and a recreation of his studio. Click on the link above to find out more about the artist and the painting.

Get your hands on the activities on the quarter-deck. Meet William Rivers the ship’s Gunner and see how quickly you can learn to load, aim and fire Victory’s guns.

Walk among the beautiful carved giants in the ‘Spirit of the Figurehead’ display which showcases the Museum’s wonderful collection of ship figureheads from the late 18th century.

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