National Maritime Museum to celebrate Emma Hamilton’s fascinating life by giving namesakes free entry

Anyone named Emma can gain free entry to Emma Hamilton: Seduction and Celebrity on the weekend of 14 January.

Emma Hamilton led a remarkable life overcoming incredible poverty to become one of the most famous international celebrities of her time. Join the National Maritime Museum, London, in commemorating her extraordinary life on the weekend of 14th-15th January.

In honour of Emma Hamilton’s phenomenal achievements and to coincide with the anniversary of her death, we are letting everyone named Emma in to the major exhibition dedicated to Lady Hamilton for free on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th January.

Emma’s compelling story is explored through over 200 objects, on loan from public and private lenders, many of which have never been on public display before, and from the National Maritime Museum’s own pre-eminent collections bringing together a wealth of paintings, personal letters, prints and caricatures, costume and jewellery that illuminate Emma’s extraordinary and dramatic tale.

Emma Hamilton: Seduction and Celebrity seeks to shine the spotlight on Emma’s remarkable life, and explore the obstacles and expectations encountered by a woman in the public eye, and questions whether this is a story that still resonates in the fame-obsessed world we live in today

As long as you have proof that your name is Emma – be it a passport, driving licence, utility bill, or a postcard from Ness - you can enjoy a free day out at the National Maritime Museum, London.

Please note – we will only be letting in people who can provide proof of their name for free. If you come without any you will have to pay the entrance fee.

Exhibition information for visitors:

Venue: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

Dates: 3 November 2016 – 17 April 2017

Opening times: every day, 10.00 – 17.00

Visitor enquiries: 020 8858 4422 /

Admission: Adult £14, Child £7, Concession £12

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Notes to Editors:

  1. Royal Museums Greenwich incorporates the National Maritime Museum, the Royal Observatory Greenwich, the 17th-century Queen’s House and Cutty Sark. Royal Museums Greenwich works to illustrate for everyone the importance of the sea, ships, time and the stars and their relationship with people. This unique collection of attractions, which form a key part of the Maritime Greenwich UNESCO World Heritage Site, welcomes over 1.5 million British and international visitors a year and is also a major centre of education and research. For more information visit
  2. To accompany the exhibition, the NMM will be hosting a season of events for visitors to experience the sensational world of Emma Hamilton, including walks, talks, courses, film screenings and evening events. For more information visit
  3. Emma Hamilton: Seduction and Celebrity is accompanied by a richly illustrated book edited by Quintin Colville. Published on 3 November 2016, this book provides a fresh evaluation of Emma Hamilton’s artistic undertakings, cultural achievements and legacy. Also entitled Emma Hamilton: Seduction and Celebrity, it is published by Thames & Hudson and will retail at £29.95 for the hardback. For further information or to request review copies please contact:

Further information and images

For further information or images, please contact:

Rhianon Davies, Royal Museums Greenwich Press Office

Tel: 020 8312 6545 | 07983 542 841 or Email: