Portsmouth Historic Dockyard plays host to a whole array of literary excitement to mark this year’s World Book Day.
Events in all of the galleries introduce visitors to the literary history of the navy, including the exploits of Arctic explorer Captain William Parry, and the journal kept on his travels.
Additionally, visitors can talk to staff and volunteers who have been inspired to write books relating to the world class museum collection and tours of the relaunched library on-site also allows visitors to view the books in our collection and items not usually available to the public.
In the Victory Gallery there are a range of events for children younger and older.
Enjoy the figurehead fables hosted by the figurehead from HMS Calliope, one of the Greek muses, as she details the mythical tales that inspired the names of the Royal Navy’s ships.
The Victory Book Nook offers a cosy space with story baskets, books and toys to bring some family favourites to life for under 5s visitors.
There will also be a chance to chat to the museum volunteers and staff who have been inspired by the collection to publish their own books.
HMS Victory guide Tony Noon has used his over 5000 hours onboard to take readers through a visual feast of the famous warship in The Essential Visual HMS Victory.
By contrast, Alan Smith’s book Balchen’s Victory, informs readers about the little-known story of the other ship that held the name Victory.
In the Nelson Gallery find out more about the books that young sailors like Horatio Nelson used in their training, and discover how non-fiction novels can be both interesting and fun in equal measure.
Captain William Parry is famous for his groundbreaking early expeditions in the Arctic in the 19th century.
Use sensory play and handle objects inspired by Captain William Parry’s own words, to bring his journal’s Arctic adventures to life.
Then, create a brilliant book cover inspired by famous maritime artist Geoff Hunt, grab some of the props, strike a pose, and take a photograph to record a maritime masterpiece.
Join Chat over Chai, a local social group, for a special storytelling session, and discover stories from around the world.
Visitors will also have the opportunity to tour the National Museum of the Royal Navy’s relaunched library, meet the archives team, and view archive material not usually on display.
Tours will be bookable on the day with one every hour from 11:30am, starting at the National Museum of the Royal Navy’s shop entrance.
This event is first come first served.
Across all four galleries take part in the bookworm trail, which highlights some of the fascinating books, and their related objects, that are on display in these galleries.
Once visitors have managed to spot them all, they can decorate their own ‘I heart books’ token to take home.
Entry to these events are free with a valid ticket.
The Ultimate Explorer Ticket is the best value option for 12-month entry to all the attractions at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard including the galleries and exhibitions of the National Museum of the Royal Navy, the Mary Rose, HMS Victory, HMS Warrior, HMS M.33, the Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Gosport, Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower, Gosport and Harbour Tours and starts from £39 per adult and £29 per child.
It is valid for multiple entries through the year, with family tickets available.
Book online at www.historicdockyard.co.uk
Entry onto the 12-acre historic area of the Historic Dockyard is free with a Historic Quarter Pass, which is issued at the Visitor Centre between 10am and 4:30pm.
There's a whole host of family fun activities this February half term for a great day out all included in our brilliant value Ultimate Explorer ticket
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Hunt Under Cover of Darkness, Saturday 19th to Sunday 27th February
Search by torch for the hidden hunters at Explosion Museum’s Night Hunters Gallery, the sneaky submarines at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum, or even the crafty commandoes at the HMS Gallery at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. These activities are free with a valid ticket and operate during normal museum opening hours.
Victory Gallery, Silhouettes in The Space, Saturday 19th to Sunday 27th February
The dedicated play space in the Victory Gallery helps children explore shadows, light and dark, all in a newly-revamped Victory Gallery showcasing the history of the nation’s flagship from acorn to icon. Operating during normal opening hours and free with a valid ticket, this activity is great for children.
The Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Life in the Depths Play Day at Busy Boats Bay, Monday 21st February
This family play day is inspired by how stealthy submarines and deep-sea creatures hide and seek in the darkness of the ocean, and once finished, visitors can learn more still by exploring the Submarine Museum itself. Accessibly from 11am to 3pm this play day is free with a valid ticket.
Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower, Night Hunters Torchlight Raid, Friday 25th February
It’s action stations at the Night Hunters exhibition, as the lights are lowered for a special raid under the cover of darkness. Use a torch to discover hidden clues, and discover the secret codeword to escape, can you do it before the time runs out? This stealthy activity is operating throughout the day and is free with a valid ticket.
Mary Rose Museum, Join the crew of the Mary Rose!, Saturday 12th to Sunday 27th February
Experience the Mary Rose’s miraculous story in a whole new way with an interactive trail for families. Based on the book "You wouldn't want to sail on the Mary Rose", this trail book is packed with activities to do both in the museum and after a visit. Operating during museum hours, this activity is free with a valid ticket, while the activity book itself costs £1.
Mary Rose Museum, Tudor Treasure Hunt, Saturday 19th to Sunday 27th February
Pick up treasure hunt clues pack for only £1 and see how many of the Tudor Treasures can be found in the museum. The treasure hunt operates during normal opening hours.
Mary Rose Museum, Things to Make and Do!, Monday 21st to Friday 25th February
Create a Tudor tile and experience a different drawing activity every day at the Mary Rose Museum. These creative events are available from 11am to 4pm and are free with ticket to the museum.
Mary Rose Museum, Relaxed Opening Morning, Sunday 27th February
Every month the Mary Rose Museum holds Relaxed Opening or Lights Up mornings, where from 10am until 12 noon the lights in the museum will be at a higher level, and sound effects will be turned down. As always, the award-winning team of volunteers and staff will be on hand to guide visitors through the experience.
The Ultimate Explorer Ticket is the best value option for 12-month entry to all the attractions at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard including the galleries and exhibitions of the National Museum of the Royal Navy, the Mary Rose, HMS Victory, HMS Warrior, HMS M33, the Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Gosport, Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower, Gosport and Harbour Tours.
Prices for the Ultimate Explore ticket starts from £39 per adult and £29 per child.
It is valid for multiple entries throughout the year, with family tickets available.
Entry onto the 12-acre historic area of the Dockyard is free with a Historic Quarter Pass, which is issued at the Visitor Centre between 10am and 4:30pm.