The National Museum of the Royal Navy at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is marking the centenary year of a significant naval museum in the Dockyard.
Museum staff were asked to select their favourite objects or an object that had made a significant contribution to naval history from the collections...
Fundraiser Erica New says the HMS Eurydice Figurehead is her favourite face in the Victory Gallery. "I remember walking past it when I was new to the Museum and it caught my eye because of her outstretched hands and the expression on her face," she recalls. "I read up about Eurydice and I found out that she wasn’t some kind of evil goddess, but actually her story was very sad - she was being carried off into the underworld, away from her husband"
Events Assistant Roxy Martin-Cottee loves the Arkell Sea Chest. "This chest has a really personal feel about it," she says. "It is quite literally a sailor's complete life in a box"
Resources Officer Julie Gray is a fan of the Sledge and Skis Belonging To Petty Officer Williamson. "It's an example of how the navy has links to all sorts of other things in history that people might not necessarily think of in connection with us," she observes.
Learning Officer Claire Jordan picks the Prisoner Of War Ship Models in the Sailing Navy Gallery. "I think they reveal the personal cost and stories of big conflicts and make them seem more human," she adds.
Curator of Photographs Stephen Courtney's favourite item is the Bell from the Rescue Ship, Rathlin. "Although they were not glamorous, the rescue ships performed a dangerous and vital job and were a reassuring presence for the other ships in the convoy," he points out. "They should be better remembered for saving so many lives."