June 2016 Events at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

Enjoy a free tot of rum and find your sea legs at the ‘A Sailor’s Life for Me’ Late; learn about space, ships and spaceships this half-term to celebrate the Above and Beyond exhibition; and go on a walking tour to hear about the monuments to the men of the Merchant Navy, as part of the Jutland 1916: WWI’s Greatest Sea Battle exhibition season.

A full programme of events for children and adult visitors to the historic Greenwich National Maritime Museum.

The Queen’s House is closed for refurbishment until summer 2016. For Royal Observatory Greenwich, Peter Harrison Planetarium and Cutty Sark events, please contact the Royal Museums Greenwich Press Office on 020 8312 6789/6545/6790

Exhibitions and Events

Above and Beyond

Produced by Evergreen Exhibitions in association with Boeing, Above and Beyond is a ground-breaking new exhibition about the wonders of flight and mankind’s remarkable journey to space.

Created in collaboration with NASA, this exhibition hopes to inspire the next wave of engineers, pilots and astronauts by taking visitors on an exciting journey through the past, present and future of aerospace in the most interactive exhibition on the subject ever to tour.

Packed full with immersive simulations, interactive design challenges and visionary concepts for the future, you can learn how to fly like a bird with Spread Your Wings; take an Elevator to Space and enjoy the view of Earth from above; or go on a Marathon to Mars and see how your body would cope on the long-haul trip to the red planet.

Jutland 1916: WWI’s Greatest Sea Battle

As part of the National Maritime Museum’s commemoration of World War One, this new exhibition marks the centenary of the largest naval battle of the conflict – the Battle of Jutland.

Involving a total of 279 ships on 31 May 1916, the North Sea bore witness to ‘Der Tag’, a major clash between the British Grand Fleet and the German High Seas Fleet. Both sides suffered heavy losses in ships and men, but despite being the biggest naval surface engagement to date Jutland was one of the most keenly-felt disappointments of the war, with neither side achieving a decisive victory.

Jutland 1916: WWI’s Greatest Sea Battle takes visitors through the lead-up to the battle, the action during, and also uncovers stories of the aftermath, from the incredibly personal accounts of the sailors and their families, to the broader views of the nations and navies on either side of the conflict.

Re·Think: Navy

The Re·Think space enables visitors to explore and reflect upon the themes of the Museum.

Re·Think: Navy addresses the concept of ‘welfare at sea’, from daily life, gender and sexuality, to life-changing injuries and mental health.

Dates: From June 2016 | Venue: Re·Think Space, National Maritime Museum | Times: 10.00-17.00 | Admission: Free

Special Events

Half-Term Activities

To celebrate the current exhibition, Above and Beyond, learn about space, ships and spaceships as you take part in these workshops and help build amazing top-secret flying, floating and sinking machines.

Dates: 30 May–4 June 2016 | Times: 11.00-13.30, 13.30-16.00 | Venue: Learning Space, National Maritime Museum | Age: Suitable for all ages | Admission: Free

Walking Tour: No Grave but the Sea: Charles Wheeler and the Merchant Navy

How do you mark an unmarked grave? Discover the monuments to the men of the Merchant Navy on this walking tour with Head of Art, Christine Riding, and learn how architects and artists such as Charles Wheeler commemorated those lives lost at sea.

Late: A Sailor’s Life for Me

All hands on deck for an evening of nautical-themed naughtiness!

Enjoy a free tot of Pusser’s old Navy rum, find your sea legs on the Great Map with music courtesy of DJ Nocturne, and rise up the ranks in our hat-making workshops.

There will also be curators’ talks and an opportunity to see our new poignant exhibition, Jutland 1916: WWI’s Greatest Sea Battle, as well as the display, Re·Think: Navy, after hours.

What Can History Us About the Migrant Crisis at Sea Today?

To coincide with Refugee Week, join writers, artists, historians and refugees for a discussion and workshop exploring the long history of people fleeing danger across oceans.

Maritime Lecture Series

To accompany the exhibition, Jutland 1916: WWI’s Greatest Sea Battle, a special lecture series led by historians, curators and experts will shed further light on life in the Royal Navy during the First World War.

Each lecture lasts one hour, followed by a Q&A over refreshments.

Watery Graves: The Wrecks of Jutland

In the century since the British and German fleets met on May 31st 1916, the Battle of Jutland has become the most written about – and the most disputed - battle in naval history. Dr Innes McCartney of Bournemouth University shares how recently discovered wrecks of ships from the battle offer an entirely new way of looking at the conflict | Date: 2 June 2016

Black Poppies: African and Caribbean Sailors in WWI

Author and historian, Stephen Bourne, presents an illustrated talk about some of the African and Caribbean service personnel who served in the Royal and Merchant Navies during the First World War. These include Marcus Bailey who served at the Battle of Jutland and features on the cover of Bourne’s book Black Poppies – Britain’s Black Community and the Great War (The History Press), which received the 2015 Southwark Arts Forum Award for Literature | Date: 9 June 2016

Film and the War at Sea: Legacies of the First World War

How did British cinema represent the Battle of Jutland and the war at sea during the First World War? Professor Mark Connelly and Dr Emma Hanna, University of Kent, share how the silver screen shaped the way in which the war was remembered | Date: 16 June 2016

Exhibiting Jutland

Exhibition curators Helen Schulte and Andrew Choong share their favourite stories and objects from the exhibition | Date: 23 June 2016

Weekly Family Events

Character encounters

Meet a character from the past and take part in an exciting performance that will bring maritime history to life.

Discover Sundays

Be inspired by our maritime past and explore your personal connections to the sea. Ask staff where the activity is on the day.

Play Tuesdays

Have fun with your family by exploring the Museum through crafts, music, dance and drama. Timed sessions: collect tickets from the Admissions Desk.

Become the Greatest Explorer on The Great Map

The Great Explorer is an interactive game for families. Take one of our tablet devices and set sail across The Great Map to explore distant lands and discover treasures from all around the world. Where will you visit and what will you find?

Take a photo and share your adventure with us @NMMGreenwich #greatmap

General Information

The National Maritime Museum, Royal Observatory Greenwich, Queen’s House and Cutty Sark operate under the banner of Royal Museums Greenwich. In preparation for the 400th anniversary in 2016 of its commissioning and design, the Queen’s House will be closed for refurbishment until Summer 2016.

The National Maritime Museum, Royal Observatory Greenwich and Cutty Sark are open daily 10.00-17.00 (last admission 16.30). Cutty Sark’s opening times may be subject to change, please see website for details. General admission to National Maritime Museum is free.

All events included here are free of charge to all visitors unless stated. Admission prices for the Royal Observatory Greenwich, Peter Harrison Planetarium and Cutty Sark, as well as Museum special exhibitions can be found online.

The Museum is located a short walk from the Cutty Sark DLR, and Maze Hill and Greenwich train stations. The closest tube stations are North Greenwich (to change to local buses) and Canary Wharf (to change to DLR), both on the Jubilee line.

For updated information prior to visit please visit our web site or phone 020 8858 4422.


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