10 Christmas Gifts available from Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

10 Christmas Gifts available from Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

03 December 2020

Tick some items off your Christmas shopping list with some help from The National Museum of the Royal Navy and the Mary Rose Museum.

 Here are some great gift suggestions to suit the different friends and family in your life.

It might just give you an idea for that person you’re stuck on too!

For Children...

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Ernie The Knitted Sailor

Inspired by an exhibit from the HMS Gallery in Portsmouth, this lovely knitted sailor is the perfect memento of your time in the National Museum of the Royal Navy’s Museums.

The original was made by a Submariner, Ernest 'Gus' Britton representing himself as a Signalman. Gus's father served on HMS Caroline in the Battle of Jutland and Gus followed in his father's footsteps by joining the Navy at an early age.

In 1947 Gus served on HMS Alliance and later became a stalwart supporter of the Royal Navy Submarines Museum where today you can stand in the submarine that he served on.


New Kids Book Oct 2020 x2

You Wouldn’t Want to Sail on the Mary Rose! Book

This charming book, by Author Fiona Macdonald and Illustrator David Antram, mixes comedy and historic facts in easy to digest chunks for your children.

The illustrations are fantastic and encourage a little bit of learning too.

New Kids Book Oct 2020


For Adults…

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Naval Figures Homeware Range

This gorgeous homewares range has been exclusively commissioned and made for the National Museum Of The Royal Navy in association with 8901 - a military wife and sister owned company designing beautiful nautical pieces.  

The range includes oven mitts, potholder, apron, tea towel, tote bag, set of two napkins and set of two placemats. 

Shop the full range and check out our fine bone china mugs to complete the set. 

Your kitchen will look the best it has ever looked!

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Tudor Gin

Tudor Gin, made in Portsmouth by the Portsmouth Distillery, is a fine gin created using botanicals found on the wreck of Henry VIII’s Flagship, Mary Rose.

These include: Dandelion, Hazelnut, Hemp seeds and Cherry which combine to give a smooth, rich, dry gin complete with a burst of cherry.

With every bottle sold a generous contribution goes to the Mary Rose Trust, helping to ensure the future of this important project.

Perfect for a Christmas cocktail!

HMS Victory Gin and Rum

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HMS Victory Gin, made by the Isle of Wight Distillery, is a bold and strong, award-winning Navy Strength Gin. It’s packed with a high concentration of botanicals to deliver powerful, intense flavour worthy of the world’s oldest serving warship. A confident gin with heart and a sense of history for the Gin aficionado.

Take a look at HMS Victory Gin

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Raise a toast to naval history with the HMS Victory Navy Strength Rum, a rich, deep blend of the finest aged demerara rum, refined and rested in barrels, flavoured by an original oak stave from HMS Victory herself. A bold, smooth blend that packs a punch, like the Victory herself.

Take a look at HMS Victory Rum

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HMS Victory Ballpoint Pen

This is not just any ballpoint pen, it’s been exclusively handmade for the National Museum Of The Royal Navy made from wood taken from HMS Victory during her restoration work. You’ll be writing with a piece of history!

Choose from ballpoint or slimline ballpoint, each pen comes in a presentation box with a certificate of authenticity.

Please note - due to the nature of the item all items may differ slightly in colour/finish.

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HMS Victory Bottle Stopper

These bottle stoppers are made from wood salvaged from HMS Victory during restoration work.

Choose from a silver or brass finish.

Each piece comes in an HMS Victory kit bag with a certificate of authenticity.

Christmas Decorations

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King Henry VIII Decoration

This jolly historical decoration from the Mary Rose Museum will be a beautiful addition to any tree.

If you head to the online shop you can also get a Jane Seymour to join him!

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HMS Warrior Decoration

Our HMS Warrior Ship hanging decorations are exclusively designed and hand-finished for the National Museum of the Royal Navy.

This beautiful decoration will add a touch of luxury to any Christmas tree.

Though there may be variations due to their personalised finish, the time taken to create each one is reflected in their unique quality. 

Christmas Shopping...

Well there’s certainly lots of gift inspiration in the list above – we hope it helps with getting the Christmas shopping sorted!

You can get these items from each of the relevant museum gift shops but, each one is also available online with delivery across the UK.

There’s still plenty of wonderful gifts to discover on each museum’s online shop if you want to keep browsing.

Visit The National Museum of the Royal Navy Online Shop

Visit The Mary Rose Online Shop

Happy Christmas shopping from everyone at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard!