Heroes of Hear my Story project launch National Museum of the Royal Navy's Babcock Galleries

By Culture24 Reporter | 07 November 2012
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A photo of a military veteran and a museum leader in a hard hat at an opening ceremony
(Left to right) Denis King, a submariner veteran of the Cold War, Matthew Sheldon, the Project Director of Hear my Story, veteran Bryn Jenkins and Chrissie Hughes, from the Association of Wrens, launch the building work for the new Babcock Galleries at the National Museum of the Royal Navy
War heroes have officially launched a building project to create a £4.5 million set of galleries which will chart a century of naval history at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Veterans who will feature in the Hear my Story project joined Matthew Sheldon, the Director of the display, to underline the deeply personal nature of the exhibition.

It will open on the centenary of World War I, at the start of 2014, in the impressive new Babcock Galleries at the National Museum of the Royal Navy’s 18th century Storehouse 10.

“This exhibition will bring our visitors closer than ever before to the real Royal Navy,” said Sheldon, calling the project “dramatic and moving”.

“These are undiscovered stories from the ordinary people who were put into exceptional circumstances in the last 100 years.”

Arctic storms and the heat of combat in Afghanistan will be among the scenarios brought to life. A space will also be created for those who took part to tell visitors more about their experiences.

Two new exhibitions will take place each year in the special exhibitions area at the new venue.

Pictures of the new Galleries:

An image of a projected design for a new museum building featuring various rooms
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An image of a graphic design for a new museum featuring planes and people milling
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An image of a projected graphic for a new gallery featuring a map on the floor
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An image of a projected graphic for a new gallery featuring a map on the floor
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