Essential Information

Type Daytime
Location
National Maritime Museum
Date and Times Saturdays

Join an exciting performance and see maritime history brought to life.

Visit the Museum every Saturday to discover a different character from history with their own fascinating story to tell!

Neptune

Meet Neptune, god of the oceans, as he tries to gather help from people across the earth to save the oceans that are his home. 

Dates: 5 February | 2 April

Times: 12pm | 1pm | 2pm | 3pm

Discover more about the Great Map 

John Simmonds

John Simmonds (1783–1858), was a black sailor who served with Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar, 1805. Developed with John’s descendants and using over 40 years of family research, the performance will take you on a journey through the museum, from Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle by Yinka Shonibare CBE to the Nelson, Navy, Nation gallery.

John Simmonds plays an important part in bringing hidden black British histories into the mainstream, and exploring the histories of the culturally diverse crews that the British navy relied upon.

Dates: 12 February | 9 April

Times: 12pm | 1pm | 2pm | 3pm

Who was John Simmonds?
John Simmonds – joining the Royal Navy
John Simmonds and the Battle of Trafalgar
John Simmonds – The French admiral surrenders at the Battle of Trafalgar

Pearl Morris

Meet Pearl Morris, a Caribbean woman who travelled to Britain in 1948 on the Empire Windrush, a passenger liner that brought one of the first large groups of post-war West Indians to the United Kingdom. A matron of the Windrush Generation, Pearl will tell you what life was like for a Caribbean woman in Britain in the 50s, and how she made this island her home.

Suitable for 6+

Dates: 19 March | 16 April

Times: 12pm | 1pm | 2pm 

What was the Empire Windrush?

Alice Leghorn

Meet Alice and find out about life at sea during the Golden Age of Piracy. Alice has found her way on board a pirate ship dressed as a man and will tell you what life is like as a woman disguised as a man at sea. 

Dates: 19 February | 5 March | 23 April

Times: 12pm | 1pm | 2pm | 3pm

Alice Leghorn on the different types of pirate
The Golden Age of Piracy?
Pirate or privateer – what's the difference?
Masters of disguise: women pirates

Tamera the Time Traveller

Join Tamera as she travels through time and place exploring stories of encounter, exploration and endeavour across the Tudor and Stuart Seafarers, Polar Worlds, Pacific Encounters and Sea Things galleries.

Dates: 12 March

Times: 12pm | 1pm | 2pm | 3pm

Women's History Month 

Throughout March we will be celebrating Women's History Month at our character encounters events. 

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