Free event

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Type Daytime
Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre
Date and Times 10-16 September 2022
Prices Free

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 with onsite tours, events and talks for everyone to enjoy.

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A member of the public viewing objects in the store

Tours: Astounding Inventions

Join us on one of our new free tours designed to bring you closer to the great inventions within the collection. Hear the stories behind the objects and discover the great innovators behind them.

Tours will run from 12-16 September 2022 at the following times:

  • Monday 10.30am and 3.30pm
  • Tuesday 10.30am and 3.30pm
  • Wednesday 10.30am and 3.30pm
  • Thursday 3.30pm and 6.30pm
  • Friday 10.30am and 3.30pm

All tours are free and last 1 hour. Due to the nature of the site all places on the tour need to be booked in advance.

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celebrations from community day 2021

Community Day

Saturday 10 September | Events run from 11am–4pm

The Prince Philip Maritime Collection Centre’s Community Day returns on 10 September, as we celebrate our community and their connection to the collections. Our Community Day is our flagship event as part of our Heritage Open Days celebrations.

Join us on this jam-packed day full of free activities, performances, tours and talks.

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Take part online: make a propeller boat

Even if you can't make it to the festivities, why don't you take inspiration from Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Henrietta Vansittart and make your own propeller boat and race it against your friends.

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Highlights from The Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre

From ship's biscuits to extraordinary animals, take a look at some of the incredible items in our collection – as featured on previous Heritage Open Days.

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An underwater painting
Painting of Oscar the cat – a triple shipwreck survivor
A 19th century whaling pot
A barnacle from an East Indian ship

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Visit the collection

Go behind the scenes at The Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre and explore our state of the art conservation studio and collections store.