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Larger type of the early German magnetic mine, recovered in 1939, with rule alongside to show its size. © IWM A 30292.

The Coastal War, 1939

When war was declared on Germany on 3 September 1939 Britain immediately began to mobilise its forces. Whilst the bulk of the Royal Navy was focused on convoy protection and controlling the North Sea the Royal Navy Patrol Service (RNPS), comprised reservists from both the Royal Navy Reserve (RNR) and Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve (RNVR), […]

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Matt's book pic

Book launch: Gunboats, Empire, and the China Station by Dr Matthew Heaslip, 22 October 4.30pm

Join us online in marking the launch of Gunboats, Empire, and the China Station – a book that ‘transforms our understanding of the Royal Navy in the 1920s’. 22nd October from 4.30 to 5.30 pm. Please book via Eventbrite. Professor Joe Maiolo (King’s College London) will open the event with a short introduction, after which the author […]

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Sailor with a lion cub (Courtesy of Brain Witts, Curator of the HMS Excellent collection)

The Sailor Zoo and Farm in Portsmouth: Re-enchantment and Necessity (Part 1 of 2)

In 1832 the Fourth Sea Lord of the Admiralty suggested there was a need for ‘theoretical instruction’ in gunnery. Thus what had been previously considered an art became a science.[1] Marine artillery embraced the science and technology of the age, and this modernisation of gunnery was aligned with a transition from sail to steam ships. […]

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View from inside the 'Hot Walls' fortifications in Old Portsmouth.

PTUC Filming

The sun was shining in Portsmouth today, and provided the perfect conditions for our Port Towns filming! We have commissioned a series of short vignettes which will introduce our research and projects. Keep a look out for their launch on the website later this year! In the interim, here is a short report on the […]

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