HQS Wellington and the Wellington Trust

HQS Wellington and the Wellington Trust
HQS Wellington,
Temple Stairs,
Victoria Embankment,
London
WC2R 2PN

Website

www.thewellingtontrust.com

E-mail

info@thewellingtontrust.com

Telephone

(020) 7836 8179

Fax

(020) 7240 3082

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Launched in 1934, the HQS Wellington is the last surviving member of the Royal Navy's Grimsby class of sloops. After 4 years of duty in the South Pacific, the ship served with distinction in the Second World War. As well evacuating troops from Dunkirk during 'Operation Dynamo' in 1940 and taking part in the Allied landings in North Africa in 1942, 'Operation Torch', the then HMS Wellington steamed some 240,000 miles on 103 convoy escort operations during the Battle of the Atlantic. Lasting from 1939 to 1945, this was the longest continuous campaign of the War. On convoy duty, the ship rescued more than 450 Merchant Navy seamen and shared the credit for sinking a U-boat.

The Wellington has been moored on the Thames since 1948 as the home of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners, a City of London Livery Company. A museum and library in addition, the ship is also a unique conference, wedding and dining venue. Tours of the library and museum are available on request and provided by highly knowledgeable Master Mariners.

HQS Wellington is on the National Historic Ships UK register.

Venue Type:

Ship or maritime heritage site, Library, Museum

Opening hours

The current exhibition, 'Hospital + Troop Ships', is open to the public from 11:00 to 17:00 on Sundays and Mondays only during the periods 10th August to 15th December 2014 and 1st March to 25th May 2015. See 'Exhibitions'.

Heritage Evening lectures take place monthly at 18:30 during the winter: see 'Events'.

Admission charges

Free admission to the current 'Hospital + Troop Ships' exhibition which is supported by the National Lottery and the Heritage Lottery Fund. See 'Exhibitions'.

Heritage Evening lecture admission is £5/person: see 'Events'.

Getting there

Bus: use any of these services to the Strand for the Victoria Embankment:-
4 Waterloo - Archway
11 Liverpool Street station - Ealing Broadway
15 Trafalgar Square - Romford Market
23 Liverpool Street station - Westbourne Park
26 Hackney Wick - Chingford station
76 Waterloo (Baylis Road) - Northumberland Park station
172 St Paul's station - Brockley Rise
341 County Hall - Angel Road Superstores

Underground: Circle or District line to Temple station.

DLR: nearest station is Bank.

National Rail: Blackfriars, Charing Cross or Waterloo station

London River Services: Blackfriars pier.

Historic charts, silver and gold, ship models, paintings and maritime artefacts.

Collection details

Maritime, Archives

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
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'Hospital + Troop Ships'

  • 1 March — 25 May 2015

The need to transport troops from Britain, its Empire and allies to fronts around the world and bring home the wounded was met by the Merchant Navy, its ships and their crews.

Open to the public from 11 am to 5 pm on Sundays and Mondays only from 10th August to 15th December 2014 inclusive and from 1st March to 25th May 2015 inclusive.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free. Supported by the National Lottery and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Website

http://www.thewellingtontrust.com/trust/news?pnum=1

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
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'Dazzle Painting'

  • 12 January 2015 6:30-7:30pm

Dazzle painting was dreamed up by the famous marine artist Norman Wilkinson to break up the outline of a ship, making it a harder target to hit for such as U-boats . The speaker, Glyn Evans, an author, lecturer and marine artist, will explain and illustrate the subject.

One of a series of Heritage Evening lectures on board the HQS Wellington to mark the centenary of the First World War.

Admission

Lecture £5/person.

Wardroom bar opens at 6 pm. Lecture is followed by optional supper: two courses + glass of wine for £30/person or £25 for a Friend of the Wellington Trust. Prices are inclusive of lecture fee. Membership subscriptions of the Friends start at £50 pa.

Booking is required for lecture as well as for supper if taken. Please contact the Business Manager on (020) 836 8179 or info@thewellingtontrust.com

Website

http://www.thewellingtontrust.com/trust/news?pnum=1

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'The Disaster of Gallipoli'

  • 9 February 2015 6:30-7:30pm

2015 marking the centenary of the Dardanelles campaign, Dr Vanessa Jenkins, an experienced historian who has visited Gallipoli and Anzac Cove, will expand on and illustrate the subject.

One of a series of Heritage Evening lectures on board the HQS Wellington to mark the centenary of the First World War.

Admission

Lecture £5/person.

Wardroom bar opens at 6 pm. Lecture is followed by optional supper: two courses + glass of wine for £30/person or £25 for a Friend of the Wellington Trust. Prices are inclusive of lecture fee. Membership subscriptions of the Friends start at £50 pa.

Booking is required for lecture as well as for supper if taken. Please contact the Business Manager on (020) 836 8179 or info@thewellingtontrust.com

Website

http://www.thewellingtontrust.com/trust/news?pnum=1

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'The U-Boat Threat in WW1: Its Rise, Fall and Eventual Defeat'

  • 9 March 2015 6:30-7:30pm

Rear Admiral John Lang, a former Royal Navy submariner as well as an author, accomplished lecturer and maritime historian, will look at the U-boat threat, which was so effective that it came close to causing Britiain's surrender in 1917.

One of a series of Heritage Evening lectures on board the HQS Wellington to mark the centenary of the First World War.

Admission

Lecture £5/person.

Wardroom bar opens at 6 pm. Lecture is followed by optional supper: two courses + glass of wine for £30/person or £25 for a Friend of the Wellington Trust. Prices are inclusive of lecture fee. Membership subscriptions of the Friends start at £50 pa.

Booking is required for lecture as well as for supper if taken. Please contact the Business Manager on (020) 836 8179 or info@thewellingtontrust.com

Website

http://www.thewellingtontrust.com/trust/news?pnum=1

Getting there

Bus: use any of these services to the Strand for the Victoria Embankment:-
4 Waterloo - Archway
11 Liverpool Street station - Ealing Broadway
15 Trafalgar Square - Romford Market
23 Liverpool Street station - Westbourne Park
26 Hackney Wick - Chingford station
76 Waterloo (Baylis Road) - Northumberland Park station
172 St Paul's station - Brockley Rise
341 County Hall - Angel Road Superstores

Underground: Circle or District line to Temple station.

DLR: nearest station is Bank.

National Rail: Blackfriars, Charing Cross or Waterloo station

London River Services: Blackfriars pier.

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