Museum visit free | Online booking recommended

Essential Information

National Maritime Museum
Price Free

Working vessel, floating archive, work of art: Collective Spirit is a wondrous creation.

See it this autumn outside the National Maritime Museum.

The stories behind Collective Spirit

The hull of the boat Collective Spirit

The project, conceived by the artists Lone Twin, began by inviting members of the public to donate pieces of wood that were significant to them.

The story behind each piece was documented and became part of the fabric of the boat. They include fragments from over 50 houses, a shaving from one of Jimi Hendrix’s guitars, even a piece of the Cutty Sark.

In total the boat contains over 1,200 donations. Each piece tells us a story. Together they create Collective Spirit.

Sailing ship at sea with a rainbow
Image: Toby Adamson and Michael Austen

Designing and building Collective Spirit

Collective Spirit was created by the Lone Twin Boat Project. It was designed by Simon Rodgers and the build was managed by former Olympic yachtsman Mark Covell.

Over 65 volunteers were involved in boat building and donation archiving.

The boat’s construction combines contemporary art and design, engineering and craft, and the project was made possible through community collaboration. Innovative yacht building expertise transformed over 1,200 donated wooden objects into a seaworthy archive of stories and memories.

The boat was first launched in Emsworth, Hampshire in May 2012.

Visit the National Maritime Museum

See Collective Spirit outside the entrance to the National Maritime Museum until 31 October

The Lone Twin Boat Project collaboration was funded by the Arts Council England’s ‘Artists Taking the Lead’ project

Main banner image: Toby Adamson and Michael Austen

Stitched Together banner created by Mulgrave Primary School

Stitched Together

A collaborative creative project inspired by the Collective Spirit boat, sharing hopes and wishes for the future.

Choose your tickets

Entry to the National Maritime Museum is free, but we recommend booking your visit online in advance to guarantee entry.

National Maritime Museum

  • Guaranteed entry time
  • Access to all free galleries and activities
  • Exposure: Lives at Sea exhibition
  • Paid exhibitions not included
Free entry
Book online
National Maritime Museum

Become a Member

  • Unlimited entry all year
  • Royal Observatory
  • Cutty Sark
  • Planetarium Shows
  • Special exhibitions
Direct Debit One-off
Individual: £50 Individual: £60
Family: from £65 Family: from £75

Member tickets

  • Free Museums entry
  • Priority booking
  • Membership card number required
Advance booking recommended
A brother and sister with their back to the camera look out from the viewpoint at the top of Greenwich Park towards historic Greenwich

Royal Museums Greenwich Day Pass

  • Cutty Sark
  • Royal Observatory
  • Guaranteed entry time
  • Planetarium shows not included
Adult £20
Child £10