Essential Information

Type Guided tours
Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre
Date and Times 26 May 2022 & 17 November 2022
Prices £20 for Adults and £10 for members

Delve deeper into our collection of more than 2.5 million objects on our specialist tours and talks series, led by one of our expert curators, researchers or conservators.

The Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre is home to Royal Museums Greenwich's stored collections and state-of-the-art conservation studios. Since the development of our new collections centre in 2018, we are able to share our hidden treasures with the public, and showcase the skills and expertise of our conservation and storage teams.

Our specialist tours and talks will be centred around a different theme or topic each time – find out more about the talks on offer below.

Event programme

A portrait of an unidentified young lady of the time of Charles I.

‘Forgotten Faces’

With Hannah Lyons, Assistant Curator of Art

Thursday 26 May 2022, 7pm-8.30pm

Join curator Hannah Lyons as we explore several ‘forgotten’ portraits of unknown, unfashionable, or unloved sitters, whose faces have remained hidden in storage, sometimes for decades. Why have these portraits seldom been on show? And what can this tell us about changes in taste and the histories of art collecting?

Watch the trailer for 'Forgotten Faces'

Ship models in the conservation studio

'Ship Models at the Prince Philip Maritime Collection Centre' 

Thursday 17 November 2022, 7pm-8.30pm

We hold one of the world's finest collections of ship models, and have around 3500 items dating back to Ancient Egypt but most are from after the 16th century.

Our collection includes warships, merchant and fishing vessels and other craft of all sorts and sizes, as well as of ships’ equipment and topographical models of dockyards and ports.

Join Simon Stephens, Curator of the Ship Model as he delves into the collection to showcase some of his favourite ship models currently stored at our collection centre in Kidbrooke. See a wide range of models from Navy board models through to 20th Century models. After a visit to the store with Simon , we will then go to our conservation studio, where Object Conservation Manager Karen Jensen will tell us the  processes and techniques she uses to care for world’s largest ship model collection

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