Remembrance Sunday

Discover remarkable stories from the National Maritime Museum collections, and find out how to trace your own family history using our archives.

The art of Remembrance

From official war artists to intimate sketches, explore just some of the portraits of the men and women who served during the First and Second World Wars held in our collections.

Find more war artists in our collections

Remembrance Sunday at Cutty Sark

Second World War veteran Charles Roper Medhurst, 95, lays a wreath at the Merchant Navy memorial beneath Cutty Sark
Second World War veteran Charles Roper Medhurst, 95, leads the Remembrance Day 2020 commemorations at Cutty Sark (© National Maritime Museum)

Greenwich veteran Charles Roper Medhurst, 95, lays the Museum's wreath at the Memorial for Merchant Seafarers under Cutty Sark for Remembrance Sunday.

Charles served in the Navy during the Second World War on board the battleship Malaya on D-Day and on the minesweeper Beachy Head in the Pacific. He was awarded campaign medals for both theatres and more recently the Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur.

As lockdown prevented us from participating in our usual services of Remembrance, Charles stepped forward with the Museum director to perform this act commemoration for all those who served.

Learn more about the Merchant Navy memorial at Cutty Sark

Tracing First and Second World War family history

The National Maritime Museum may be closed, but you can still explore many of our archives and records online. Check the links below to find out where to begin your research.

1915 Crew Lists

This unique digital database contains 39,000 crew lists and over 750,000 names of British Merchant Navy seafarers who were active in 1915. Transcribed and digitised for the centenary of the First World War, 1915 Crew Lists is an invaluable resource for anyone searching for their seafaring ancestors.

Search the archive Find out more about searching crew lists

Searching the National Maritime Museum archives

Kick start your research into the First and Second World War with our helpful subject guides. Sadly the Caird Library and Archive is currently closed due to lockdown restrictions, but there is still a wealth of records to explore online. We can't wait to welcome you back when we reopen.