November Events at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

Highlights this month include the opening of Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution on 20 November, and a variety of Pepys-themed events, including a night of indulgence at our Pepys Show Late.

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 4 July 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 Galleries

Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution

Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution is the largest ever exhibition about the famous diarist with 200 objects from national and international museums, galleries and private collections.

Pepys, one of the most colourful characters of the 17th century, witnessed many of the great events that shaped Stuart Britain, bringing them brilliantly to life in his famous and candid diary.

Pepys lived through a time of turmoil which saw kings fighting for their crowns, and medieval London transformed into a world city following the devastation of the plague and the Great Fire. He was a naval mastermind, a gossip and socialite. He fought for survival on the operating table and in the cut-throat world of public life and politics, successfully navigating his way to wealth and status until his luck, intimately entwined with the King’s fortunes, finally ran out.

Pepys Show Late: Party like its 1669

Revel with Samuel Pepys, the original party animal, on this night of indulgence to get you in the mood for Christmas.

Defy the Puritan authorities and enjoy a free tot of Pusser’s Rum before viewing our new exhibition, Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution, after hours. Baroque around the Christmas tree on the Great Map, to music courtesy of DJ Favaad Iqbal; strike a pose in our 17th-century dress-up photo booth; and squirm in your seats as comedy club Cringe read horror stories from their teenage Christmases.

Maritime Lecture Series: Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution

To accompany the exhibition Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution, join us for a special lecture series in which experts shed light on a range of topics surrounding Pepys, from mapmaking and beauty spots to what influenced Pepys to keep a diary.

Pepys meets his match: Pepys, Narborough and the culture and aesthetics of chart-making

Peter Barber OBE, Head of Map Collections at The British Library, sheds light on the late 17th-century struggle to improve the quality and originality of English chart and mapmaking that Pepys and Narborough were so involved with.

Pepys and Beauty Spots

Karen Hearn, Honorary Professor of English Language and Literature at University College London, considers Pepys's diary and other 17th-century evidence of attitudes to the wearing of patches and beauty spots in England.

The Secret Life of a Restoration Sailor

Historian and author Rebecca Rideal explores the lives and deaths of the many colourful characters (some known, others less so), caught up in the tumultuous events of the second Anglo-Dutch war.

Why did Pepys keep a diary?

Dr Kate Loveman, Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Leicester, investigates the influences that encouraged Pepys to begin, maintain, and preserve his extraordinary journal.

Adult Events

Curator’s Tours

Explore the Museum’s astounding collection of maritime objects in depth on a tour led by one of our curators.

Autobiography into Fiction

In collaboration with City Lit and inspired by our new exhibition Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution, this one day workshop will explore techniques of transforming personal experience into fiction.

Special Family Events

Diwali: The Festival of Light

Celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights, with a day of fun activities for the whole family. Discover more about how trade by sea brought people, ideas, and culture from all over the world to Britain.

Plague Takeover

The plague bells are ringing, there are crosses on every door and everywhere there is talk of ‘Black Death’. What are the causes and cures of this vile disease? Come to the Maritime Museum for a day of plague-themed events and activities not to be sniffed at.

Weekly Family Events

Explore Saturdays

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 4 July 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 442.

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