November 2016 Events at the National Maritime Museum and Queen’s House, Greenwich

Highlights include the opening of Emma Hamilton: Seduction and Celebrity on 3 November, with a season of Emma-themed events, including a night of indulgence at our Late: Seduction and Celebrity; and a chance to learn about the history of the recently re-opened Queen’s House in the Maritime Lecture Series and a special Study Day.

Children and adult visitors will find a full programme of events at the historic Greenwich National Maritime Museum. 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

Emma Hamilton: Seduction and Celebrity

Emma Hamilton: Seduction and Celebrity explores the remarkable yet tragic life of the mistress who captured the heart of the Nation’s hero, Horatio Nelson, and in turn became one of the most famous international celebrities of her time.

Captivating Europe with her beauty and achievements, Emma was feted by kings and queens and became the muse to many artists, only to end out her dying days in Calais after being imprisoned for debt after Nelson’s death. This exhibition brings together over 200 objects, many of which have never been on public display before, including a wealth of paintings, personal letters, prints and caricatures, costume and jewellery that illuminate Emma’s extraordinary and dramatic tale.

Highlights from the exhibition include exceptional fine art by George Romney, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Sir Thomas Lawrence; key letters from Emma and her lovers; her prized, personal possessions including one of the betrothal rings exchanged between her and Nelson; her songbooks and decorative objects that illustrate her celebrated attitudes.

Emma Hamilton Events

That Hamilton Woman (1941)

Directed by Alexander Korda and starring Vivienne Leigh and Laurence Olivier, this 1941 classic recounts the remarkable story of Emma Hamilton; her life, loves and relationships with husband Sir William Hamilton and national hero Lord Admiral Horatio Nelson.

This special screening includes an introduction by Quintin Colville, Curator of Emma Hamilton: Seduction and Celebrity.

Celebrity Journalism Short Course

Discover what it takes to be a celebrity journalist and how to get started with this short course. See how celebrity stories are published, what editors look for in a celebrity journalist and how to work with PRs and press officers to get a great story.

Late: Seduction and Celebrity

Believe the hype, and get swept up in an evening of gossip and rumour with rags-to-riches and back again ‘it’ girl, Emma Hamilton.

Anyone who is anyone will be there, so don’t miss your opportunity to get papped by the paparazzi, create your own gossip mag front page, hear from our curators about the dark side of fame in workshops and tours, and view Emma Hamilton: Seduction and Celebrity after hours.

The Spectacular Emma Hamilton Walking Tours

Celebrity, mistress and muse, Emma Hamilton was an extraordinary woman, rising from an unknown to an astonishing life. This walk around St James’ and Mayfair looks at her life, loves, Nelson and connections with London society.

Queen’s House Events

Maritime Lecture Series: Royal Greenwich and the history of the Queen’s House

This special series takes place in the newly reopened Queen’s House, and brings together experts who will discuss the court culture, artistic patronage and architectural innovation of the House and its influence on Greenwich.

Date: Every Thursday, until 17 November 2016 | Time: 11.00–12.30 | Venue: Orangery and South Parlours, Queen’s House | Admission: £8 adult

Queen’s House Study Day: Inigo Jones and the Queen’s House, 1616-2016

Discover the research and imagination that has gone into refurbishing Inigo Jones’ masterpiece for the 21st-century.

Date: 25 November 2016 | Time: 10.00–16.30 | Venue: Orangery and South Parlours, Queen’s House | Admission: £30 adult, £25 concessions (includes lunch and refreshments)

Meet the Experts

Join our curators and conservators as they show their highlights of the House.

Date: Every Wednesday throughout November 2016 | Time: 13.00 (20–30 minutes) | Venue: The Great Hall, Queen’s House | Admission: Free entry

Special Events

Diwali: Festival of Light

Bonfire night is not the only reason to set the November sky ablaze. Join us for a feast of stories and music, and then follow the Bollywood Brass Band for a symbolic procession of light up to the Royal Observatory Greenwich.

Date: 5 November 2016 | Time: 11.00–16.30 | Venue: National Maritime Museum | Admission: Free entry | Age: Suitable for all ages

Remembering the War at Sea

We honour the contributions of the Royal Navy and Merchant Navy to the First World War with a series of curator tours of our Jutland 1916: WWI’s Greatest Sea Battle and Forgotten Fighters: The First World War at Sea galleries.

Date: 11 November 2016 | Time: 11.00–15.00 | Venue: National Maritime Museum | Admission: Free entry | Age: 18+

Family Events

Horatia’s Story

Travel across time and sea with Horatia, Admiral Nelson’s only daughter, as she tells the story of her unconventional childhood with her remarkable mother, Emma Hamilton.

Date: 5, 19 November 2016 | Time: 12.00, 13.00, 15.00 | Venue: National Maritime Museum | Admission: Free entry | Age: Suitable for all ages

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. 

The National Maritime Museum, Queen's House, 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.

General admission to National Maritime Museum and Queen’s House are 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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