Heritage Open Days at Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre

This September, join our conservation and learning teams behind the scenes at Royal Museums Greenwich's state-of-the-art collections centre.

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Spot the pests

Our conservation team is on the front line when it comes to keeping the Museum safe from damaging pests. What can we do to protect our treasured items from these tiny terrors?

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'Planting the Sugar Cane' by William Clark (ZBA2505, © National Maritime Museum)

Join the debate

As part of Heritage Open Days' 'Hidden Nature' season, join our live online Zoom panel to explore the costs and consequences of the UK's trade in cotton and sugar.

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Heritage Open Days quiz

Play the quiz

From fantastic beasts to pets at sea, test your 'Hidden Nature' knowledge against Royal Museums Greenwich's seasoned quizmasters in this fun family-friendly quiz!

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Heritage Open Days: 14-19 September 2020

Heritage Open Days is England's largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,000 organisations, 5,500 events and 46,000 volunteers. Every year in September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. 

This year the Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre is throwing open its doors online, with virtual events, video tours and digital resources for everyone to enjoy.

Join us online this September, and follow us on social media to find out more.

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Why are we celebrating Heritage Open Days?

Paddy Rodgers, Director of Royal Museums Greenwich, discusses Heritage Open Days and the Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre.


Come behind the scenes

Watch the videos below to find out about just some of the objects that are kept in the Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre.

This year's theme: Hidden Nature

Heritage Open Days 2020 - Hidden Nature logo

This year, we are turning our focus onto the natural world – and we’re asking you to join with us in celebrating our extraordinary natural heritage.

The National Maritime Museum's collections include thousands of objects and archives related to the natural world, from exotic plants and wildlife to incredible stories of animals at sea. We'll be revealing just some of the fantastic items hidden in our stores.

But along with the treasures in our collection, we also can't ignore the more troubling links between trade, empire and the natural world. Join us to discuss the human cost of Britain's sugar and cotton industries. 

Finally, this year we're also opening a new community garden at the Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre, a natural haven for anyone looking to a space to reflect and relax.

The Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre is home to the Royal Museums Greenwich stored collections and state-of-the-art conservation studios