As a military museum enthusiast the NMMC was epic, both in scale (it had an impressive atrium for aircraft and large vehicles in the entrance) and on the money spent on it (the building cost $60 million, and $42 million has been spent on the exhibitions). The results are a modern feeling museum that successfully combines traditional museum object displays with immersive experiences and large audio visual presentations. It has a theatrical feel to all of it, but you still feel like you are at a museum. I was also treated to a behind the scenes tour by the curators who showed me their respective object collections.
More than a Name - Special Exhibition open until April 2012
Sometimes it is not just an interest in a family tree that can inspire a search for information.
In 2007 Ann Fitzgerald donated her late father’s medals and documents to the RM Museum; they were the relic of a Dad she barely knew having been three years old when she last saw him. She had grown up to know he had been killed during the Second World War, but had not known the following story.
Through donating her father's medals to the Museum we were able to fill in some of the missing details for her.
Wednesday 23rd November 7:30pm. Free to attend, no booking required.
By Colonel Keith Wilkins OBE. Marine McSweeney’s public execution in Malta was shocking even by today’s standards. Hanged for the killing of Corporal James T Allen after a dispute aboard the battleship HMS Rodney in 1837 McSweeney was buried in a remote graveyard on the Mediterranean island of Malta where even today locals keep the memory of Private Thomas McSweeney alive with candles and flowers laid at his gravestone every day. Col Wilkins places the story in the wider context of life and punishment in the Royal Marines during the early decades of the nineteenth century.
The Royal Marines Museum is pleased to announce an exclusive relationship with Red Anywhere Catering.
There are catering companies and then there’s Red Anywhere. Catering an event is more than just supplying the food and the service. It’s sharing passion with a belief in the quality of our food as well as being individual and specific to you.
Red Anywhere catering is headed up by Dan Clarke, Creative Chef and Master Chef of Great Britain. Our mission is to rise above other catering companies by providing a personal and attentive catering service that that delivers on its promises. With a visionary and proactive approach to any event, Red Anywhere is a trend setter, not a follower, among catering companies.
With passion, creativity and experience, Red Anywhere have the perfect recipe for every occasion.
If Christmas shopping is always a chore this book is the answer. Not only is it a fantastic read, but £1 from the sale of each book goes to the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund.
After a successful 18 year career in The Royal Marines, Nathan Sawyer is at a crossroads in his life, wondering which path to follow. Fate takes a hand when he witnesses 2 Serbian men beating up a young girl. He intervenes, rescues her and discovers she is a Montenegrin, called Elena Borovic. She and eleven other girls were kidnapped in Belgrade and for over a year have been forced to live as sex slaves in Liverpool. A rescue is mounted for the remaining girls which plunges Sawyer and his team into the middle of a gang war.
In a new five-part series, Ross embeds with Whiskey Company 45 Commando Royal Marines to find out what has changed ten years on from 9/11. Throughout the series Ross will bring the audience up to date with how things are changing in Afghanistan. Later in the series he will spend time with 3rd Battalion USMC and amongst others conducts interviews with CDS, General Caldwell, William Patey and a member of Al Qaeda.
The latest fundraising project from the Royal Marines Association has seen them spend the last 6 months tirelessly working with injured Royal Marines to produce the first injured soldier calendar. The calendar features 12 lads with a range of injuries and illnesses that are not necessarily battlefield related but each one has faced and overcome adversity in some shape or form and has came out of the other side smiling. The idea behind the calendar was to show that after having a life changing incident it's not all doom and gloom and that a lot of positives can come from one negative. It is also to show the determination, spirit and cheerfulness in the face of adversity that has become world renowned with the Royal Marines.
The Royal Marines Museum has made a 'Remembrance' film with Portsmouth Live TV. The film focused on memorials for Royal Marines at the Museum and during our week of Remembrance in the lead up to our Service of Remembrance on Sunday 13th November we hope you enjoy the seeing it.
Following the sad death of Sir Jimmy Savile on 29th October 2011and during our week of remembrance it seems fitting to share the details of the long association with the Royal Marines that Sir Jimmy had.
Over an extended period Sir Jimmy completed the Commando Training Course at Lympstone, Devon. In 1966 Jimmy and his brother Vince, then a serving officer with the Royal Navy, completed the gruelling 30 mile march over Dartmoor which has to be done in 8 hours. Jimmy and Vince both finished the march and Jimmy was awarded the coveted green beret.
Over the years Sir Jimmy maintained his connection with the Corps often attending parades and ceremonies.His passing is a loss to the Royal Marines who will sorely miss him.
It is the Royal Marines 347th birthday on Friday 28th October. Please help spread the word about the RMA textathon, text BOOTNECK to 70300 to donate £3 to the Royal Marines Association, the money will go towards financial and welfare support for the wounded, retired RM's, serving RM's and the big wide and wonderful Royal Marines family, please spread the word and get texting, thank you.