Inside the new HMS Alliance and galleries at the National Museum of the Royal Navy

| 03 April 2014

The only surviving British World War II-era submarine, HMS Alliance, has reopened following a £7 million renovation by the National Museum of the Royal Navy, as well as new permanent and temporary galleries

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The new galleries aim to tell a century of Navy stories. Highlights include the four-inch gun which fired the first British shot of the First World War, on August 5 1914, and the damaged motorbike of a suicide bomber from Afghanistan.

At a cost of £4.5 million, the Babcock Galleries project – named Hear my Story – is a permanent display alongside HMS Alliance, which is now “patrol-ready” following a £7 million restoration.

The only surviving British World War II submarine still to serve, the Alliance has been transformed into a space where life at sea, particularly between the 1940s and 1970s, is told. It aims to provide a memorial to 5,300 submariners.

Racing to War: The Royal Navy and 1914 is a temporary exhibition devoted to the First World War. Admiral Sir John Fisher, who oversaw the evolution of the Navy from its Victorian set-up to the conflict, is one of the personalities featured, as well as objects such as Lieutenant Vere Sidney Harmsworth’s sword of combat.

Many of the rare 20th century paintings and propaganda posters on display have never been seen in public before.

Hear My Story, Racing to War: The Royal Navy and 1914 and the HMS Alliance are open now.

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