Learning, partnerships & outreach

Find out about our pioneering joint ventures and learning partnership projects.

No.1 Smithery

No.1 Smithery is a new cultural and maritime history centre at the heart of the Historic Dockyard, Chatham. The result of a unique partnership between the Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, the National Maritime Museum and the Imperial War Museum, it features several ship models from the National Maritime Museum’s collection.

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Crew Lists of the British Merchant Navy - 1915

For the first time ever, all the surviving Crew Lists of the British Merchant Navy from the year 1915 have been transcribed and the information made available to search online for free. A partnership project between the National Maritime Museum and The National Archives.

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Travellers' Tails

This partnership project delves into the history of exploration, art and science, inspired by Royal Museums Greenwich’s acquisition of George Stubbs's paintings of a kangaroo and dingo. Travellers' Tails is a collaboration between Royal Museums Greenwich and four partner museums.

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An Empire of Islands: Concepts, Contexts and Collections

The National Maritime Museum is working with Dr Douglas Hamilton, University of Winchester and Dr John McAleer, University of Southampton, on a series of workshops on the theme of islands and empire, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The meetings will bring together international scholars to explore the roles played by islands in shaping the British Empire.

Often imagined as special places, islands have long been seen as Edenic or utopian. Small islands situated in the middle of oceans and remote from continental land masses often possess an importance out of all relation to their size and resources.

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National Historic Ships UK

Funded by the government and supported by Royal Museums Greenwich, National Historic Ships UK is an independent organisation dedicated to providing advice on all matters relating to historic vessels in the UK.

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Conservation Skills Initiative

Through the Heritage Lottery-funded Conservation Skills Initiative we offer Conservation graduates and craftspeople year-long internships, working with our conservators to preserve metal and textile items from our collections.

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Learning partnership projects

The National Maritime Museum works closely with local, national and school partners on projects that focus on our world-class collections as resources to inspire high-quality creative outcomes.

Stories from the Sea

A unique resource to support teachers in using museum objects, paintings and manuscripts to develop children’s skills in writing. It is a partnership between the National Maritime Museum and Time and Tide Museum.

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Board of Longitude archives project

Learning resources created as part of a joint project with Cambridge University Library to digitise the Board of Longitude archive and associated materials.

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The Quest for Longitude

Resources for Media & Design students to create interactive multimedia posters for an exhibition using augmented reality app Blippar. In partnership with Ravensbourne College and Blippar.

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Past initiatives

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Associated museums

We have forged associations with several other museums.

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