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The National Museum of the Royal Navy’s collections tell the epic story of the Royal Navy from its origins in 625AD to today and is the most comprehensive collection of Royal Navy heritage in the UK. This collections portal allows users to search the vast majority of these collection of over 2.5 million items.

We recognise that items in our collections represent the diversity and complexities of the history of the Royal Navy and human history generally. Items therefore reflect the time and environment in which they were created or originate from, and as a result may contain material or images which users now may find upsetting or offensive. Staff at the museum have begun the process of exploring and reviewing our collections and the stories they represent to determine how they can be appropriately showcased and discussed in a modern forum.

Items which have so far been identified as containing upsetting or offensive material will be marked with Content Warnings. However, if you find any other records which you find upsetting or offensive please get in touch at or through the request page. Please ensure to quote the object number. We will then review the record, and amend or remove it accordingly.

Our staff are always busy caring for and managing these collections which includes working to improve and add to the records found in this catalogue. Please constantly check back for more additions and new details.

Using Images

Users will have access to images of our collections on our collections portal. If those images are not watermarked and described as crown copyright they can be used under the Open Government Licence, the terms of which can be found here:

If an image of our collections on our collections portal is not watermarked, and not listed as crown copyright, users are welcome to download and use any non-watermarked images in records on our collections portal for non-commercial and non-for-profit, under the Creative Commons model as follows:

Attribution Non-Commercial ShareAlike 4.0

  • Users may share (copy and redistribute material in any medium or format) and adapt (remix, transform, and build upon the material). Appropriate credit must be given as ©National Museum of the Royal Navy.
  • Users must provide a link to the license, and indicate where changes were made.
  • Users may share and adapt an image in a reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the National Museum endorses the use or user.
  • Users may not use the material for commercial purposes. Commercial ventures are seen as any activities where the sole purpose is the generation of income for the individual, company or organisation.
  • The National Museum considers use of the material for an academic or not-for-profit purpose to be considered non-commercial use.
  • If users remix, transform or build on the material, they must distribute their contributions under the same license as the original. No additional restrictions can be applied that legally or technically restrict users from doing anything the license permits. See for more details.

Any image which is watermarked or found elsewhere on the National Museum’s portal and websites may be subject to copyright and other third party rights, and is not currently available to use. If you would like to use one of these images please contact our team on, or through the request form in the portal.

Additionally, if you would like to use any images outside of the above creative commons licence, for example, for commercial purposes, you must apply for an appropriate license. Charges will be applied, please contact for more information.

Requesting Items from the Collection

You can request to view items from our collections or receive digital copies for items not currently available on the portal through our Collections Access Service, please find more details on this service here:

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