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Phoenix from the ashes

No 1 Smithery represents a bold design and a bold partnership with the National Maritime Museum (NMM) and the Imperial War Museum (IWM). The building itself,

stands on Museum Square in the Historic Dockyard, was once the yard’s ironworks, dating from 1808.


anchors to the ‘knees’ used to strengthen joints on warships, the Smithery was a hot, noisy, smoky building, and working the furnaces and hammers was gruelling and unpleasant. The Smithery expanded during the 19th and 20th centuries, but

Bare head

A SENIOR rate is to direct a musical making its first appearance in Hampshire.

CPO Neil Mogridge, staff

administration officer at HMS Nelson in Portsmouth, is bringing Bare, the Musical to St Peter’s Theatre in Fraser Road, Southsea, from August 19-21.

Based loosely on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Bare is set in a Catholic boarding school, and deals with pertinent social issues that youngsters face today, according to Neil. Bare has never been performed in Hampshire, as far as Neil knows, but has been a popular show in the US, Canada and Australia since it opened in Hollywood in 2000. The Portsmouth version will be

performed by the Giselle Academy of Theatre Arts, of which Neil is musical director.

All aboard for new exhibition

IMPERIAL War Museum North has launched a new exhibition exploring life at sea in wartime. All Aboard: Stories of War at

Sea runs until April 25 2011, and promises action-packed and interactive exhibition for all the family. Learn a little Jackspeak, try out

Naval clothing, learn about Naval animal mascots and discover real- life stories of bravery, and survival.


The free exhibition covers conflicts from World War 1 to the present day, with even more events planned for ‘Ship-Shape Saturdays’ throughout the run. Imperial War Museum North is at The Quays, Trafford Park.

Churning out items from

A NEW state-of-the-art museum facility has opened in Chatham – a phoenix from the ashes of the old dockyard foundry.

in recent years had become a decaying relic of the industrial age, and a new role for the Scheduled Ancient Monument was sought. At the same time, a new home

was being sought for the NMM’s reserve collections – a treasure-trove of artefacts, including large-scale models – which lay in storage. As part of the £13 million

rejuvenation of the Smithery, architects van Heyningen and Haward have designed a series of innovative ‘boxes’ within the old walls, which have been stabilised to arrest further deterioration. These boxes form a series of

display galleries, exhibition spaces and high-tech storage vaults for the national collection. No 1 Smithery was officially launched at the end of last month, and the first exhibition embodies the principles behind the building.

Resonance and Renewal –

Shipbuilding on the Clyde is an evocative display of paintings by Sir Stanley Spencer, on loan from the IWM.

Running until December 12, the exhibition is a rare chance to see the eight newly-restored paintings together, as they were meant to be viewed. The paintings, commissioned

by the War Artists’ Advisory Committee, represent

life at the

Lithgow Shipyard in Port Glasgow during World War 2.

Along with more than 20

● Shipyard men work on keel plates (top) and pipes (detail above) in Sir Stanley Spencer’s paintings Pictures by permission of the Imperial War Museum

associated drawings, the paintings depict the hard and heavy labour involved in producing ships – in conditions which would have been familiar to the former workers of No 1 Smithery, hence the ‘resonance’ element of the title. No 1 Smithery has five main


Cambria divisions take pride of place

IT WAS all happening in Cardiff this summer. The capital of Wales played host not only to the national Armed Forces Day event (see page 13) but also to a RNR ceremonial event as part of the Scott 100 celebrations (see page 11). HMS Cambria, the Reserve unit based in Sully, held summer divisions outside the National Assembly building, with First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones, Cdre Chris Steel (Commander Maritime Reserve) and Cdre Jamie Miller (Naval Regional Commander for Wales and Western England) carrying out the inspection. As well as Cambria’s personnel, who provided the guard and marching platoons, the divisions were supported by Royal Marine Reserves from Bristol, the Wales University Royal Navy Unit, Cardiff Sea Cadets, members of

Expert view

ANTIQUES Roadshow expert John Bly brought his experience to bear on the Mary Rose’s collection of 19,000 artefacts in Portsmouth, most of which cannot be displayed through lack of room. John said: “The Mary Rose Museum is the closest thing to time travel I’ve ever experienced. “Tudor life surrounds you and

welcomes you in. “The display of these unique historical artefacts is so thoughtfully organised as to be captivating,


and enjoyable for every age group,

knowledgeable.” Aussie rule is broken

THE Prince of Wales has visited HMS Seahawk to meet personnel and their families, as well as presenting medals and awards. Capt Toby

the highest degree of operational capability.

Commanding Officer at RN Air Station Culdrose, greeted Prince Charles, who was accompanied by the Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, Lady Mary Holborow.

A break with tradition was made when the prince presented the Australia Shield to Cdr Pat Douglas, Commander of the Sea King Force of the Royal Navy. The shield is awarded annually by the Commander-in-Chief to the front-line squadron achieving

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But this year the award was made to the Sea King Airborne Surveillance and Control Force as a whole in special recognition of the efforts made to get this much- needed capability to operations in Afghanistan. The two front-line squadrons, 854 and 857, augmented by members of the HQ, continue to be engaged in an enduring roulement in support of coalition troops.

Campaign medals were also presented to 14 members of the two squadrons.

● A DECOMMISSIONED Sea Harrier hangs in the Tate Britain Duveen Galleries, part of Fiona Banner’s Harrier and Jaguar exhibition, which runs until January 3. According to Tate Britain, “for Banner these objects represent the ‘opposite of language’, used when communication fails. In bringing body and machine into close proximity she explores the tension between the intellectual perception of the fi ghter plane and physical experience of the object.” The ex-RAF Jaguar, the other part of the exhibition, lies on its back, paintwork stripped back to highly- polished silver metal

whether novice or

the Scott and Cambria Association and the band of the Royal Marines from RM Lympstone. The event was also an

opportunity for two members of HMS Cambria’s ship’s company to receive Iraq medals following their deployment to the Gulf last year – ABs Natalie Morgan and Kyle Frederick served in Force

Protection Teams in the Northern Arabian Gulf, as well as various other training and support roles. This was the first time that

Cambria had paraded outside the National Assembly and unit CO Cdr Simon Cottam said: “Everyone performed admirably and made this a special occasion to remember.”

● A Sea King from 846 NAS lands at Blanchlands College, Guernsey

Junglie squadron visits Guernsey

A GROUP of aircrew and engineers from 846 Naval

Squadron, Commando Helicopter Force, enjoyed a warm welcome in the Channel Islands on the 65th anniversary of their liberation from the Germans during World War 2.


of Afghanistan later this year. The squadron also strengthened their links with the Channel Islanders when they dropped into Blanchlands College in Guernsey. Pilot Lt Mike Brown said:

The Junglies took time out from a hectic training schedule to visit the tranquil surroundings of Guernsey before they deploy to the somewhat more hostile terrain

“We were overwhelmed by the enthusiastic reaction to our visit. “The locals have made our brief visit memorable and welcoming and it’s an honour to be here in Guernsey celebrating the island’s 65th Liberation Weekend.”

Clyde road check

at brakes, steering and the vehicle tachographs amongst other things,

Thursday morning at the base’s busy North Gate, the officers pulled over HGVs, vans and trailers entering the site and gave them a thorough safety check. Inspectors from VOSA looked

MEMBERS of the MOD Police (MDP) at Clyde Naval Base teamed up with Strathclyde Police’s traffic department and the Vehicle Operator Services Agency (VOSA) for a joint safety initiative. Running for 3½ hours one

while MDP Officers went over the vehicles with search dogs. Strathclyde Police also brought along their automatic number plate recognition camera, checking that tax, MOT and insurance was up-to-date, although they scored no ‘hits’ on the day. Three vehicles received a ‘delayed prohibition’,

take their vehicles to the garage, while five received an ‘immediate prohibition’ which saw them being taken off the road immediately due to safety concerns.

Cruise after crossing

BARELY had they returned from Dunkirk than the Little Ships were being prepared for their annual Veterans Cruise. The cruise on the Thames will take place on Sunday September 5, with the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships (ADLS) flotilla mooring downriver of Kingston Bridge for veterans to embark at 0930 for a 1000 departure. Arrival at Weybridge Mariners Club (where veterans will be hosted for lunch) will be around 1300 before veterans will return to Kingston in a fleet of period vehicles at around 1530. The event is open to all Dunkirk and D-Day veterans, who should contact organiser Ian Gilbert on 07515 026970 to reserve a place on one of the ships.

More than 20 ships are expected to take part, assisted by young ratings from HMS Collingwood and local Sea Cadets, who help with berthing and slipping at the locks at East Molesey and Sunbury. The event usually draws large

crowds of spectators and supporters along the banks of the Thames.

New memorial

unveiled at the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas, paid for by the Spiritualists’ National Union’s 360 churches as well as individual members.

A MEMORIAL has been dedicated in Staffordshire to mark the dedication of Spiritualists who have served in the UK’s Armed Forces. The granite obelisk was

ordering them to

National Maritime Museum treasures, galleries displaying the pick of the NMM, IWM and Chatham Historic Dockyard collections; The Gallery, an exhibition space

for touring exhibitions; The Courtyard, a large area for

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family activities;

to show visitors something of the building’s original purpose; The Repository, storage space for more than 4,000 models and artefacts. Navy News will be looking at the Historic Dockyard in more detail in the coming months.

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The Pipebending Floor, used

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