18 April, 2009




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Sources of Information on the Royal Navy and Royal Marines


The information below is a general list of useful names and addresses for a variety of organisations associated with the Royal Navy.

The National Archives

The National Archives is the national repository for the archives of all the government departments, including the Admiralty and the Ministry of Defence; and it is there that you are most likely to find the Logbooks, and other records, of HM Ships, and the Station Records of the Royal Navy. The National Archives Office does not offer a research service, though it may be able to suggest professional researchers who could help you if you cannot undertake your own research. These professional researchers would, of course, charge a fee.

Admission is by Reader's Ticket. Readers have to register in person bringing adequate proof of identity, such as a passport or UK driving licence or UK bank/credit card. If in doubt the applicant should call in advance of their visit on 020 8392 5200. Intending visitors are advised to check (a) the opening times as sections are closed occasionally; and (b) that the documents they wish to study are available, for they are sometimes withdrawn for official use.

The National Archives is open to members of the public as follows:

Opening Times Document Ordering Times
Monday 09:00 - 17:00 09:30 - 16:15
Tuesday 10:00 - 19:00 10:00 - 16:45
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00 09:30 - 16:15
Thursday 09:00 - 19:00 09:30 - 16:45
Friday 09:00 - 17:00 09:30 - 16:15
Saturday 09:30 - 17:00 09:30 - 15:15
Sunday Closed Closed

Ruskin Avenue,
Kew,
Richmond,
Surrey. TW9 4DU

Phone: 020 8876 3444

Fax: 020 8878 8905

Website: National Archives


Naval History

Naval Historical Branch
Admiralty Library,
Naval Historical Branch (Naval Staff),
No 24 Store (pp 20),
Main Road,
HM Naval Base Portsmouth,
Hampshire. PO1 3LU

Phone Icon Phone: 023 92 724327 | 725300

fax transparent icon Fax: 023 92 724003  

Royal Naval Museum
HM Naval Base
Portsmouth
Hampshire.
PO1 3NH

Phone Icon Phone: 023 92 727562

fax transparent icon Fax: 023 92 727575

website transparent icon Website: Royal Naval Museum

Email E-mail: library@royalnavalmuseum.org


Publications

Navy News has regular information about the Royal Navy as well as contacts for old comrades and naval associations whilst the Globe and Laurel provides similar services regarding the Royal Marines. The Blue Band Magazine is the Official Journal of the RM Band Service and Homeport is the Naval Families Federation official magazine available free to service personnel and their families around the world.

Navy News
Leviathan Block,
HMS NELSON,
Portsmouth,
Hants, PO1 3HH

Phone Icon Phone: 023 92 724163

website transparent icon Website: Navy News

The Globe and Laurel
HMS EXCELLENT
Whale Island
Portsmouth
Hants. PO2 8ER

Phone Icon Phone: 023 92 547210

Email E-mail: royalsmag@btconnect.com

Blue Band Magazine
The Editor,
Blue Band Magazine,
HQBS,
Eastney Block,
HMS NELSON,
Portsmouth,
Hants. PO1 3HH

Phone Icon Phone: 023 92 726170

Email E-mail: editor@royalmarinesbands.co.uk

Homeport
NFF
Castaway House
311 Twyford Avenue
Portsmouth
Hampshire
PO2 8RN

Phone Icon Phone: 023 92 654374

website transparent icon Website: Naval Families Federation

Email E-mail: admin@nff.org.uk


Museums

Royal Naval Museum
Information Service,
PP66, HM Naval Base,
Portsmouth,
Hampshire. PO1 3NU

Phone Icon Phone: 023 92 727562

fax transparent icon Fax: 023 92 727575

website transparent icon Website: Royal Naval Museum

Email E-mail:library@royalnavalmuseum.org

Fleet Air Arm Museum
Box D6,
RNAS Yeovilton,
Nr Ilchester,
Somerset. BA22 8HT

Phone Icon Phone: 01935 840565

fax transparent icon Fax: 01935 842630

website transparent icon Website: Fleet Air Arm Museum

Email E-mail: info@fleetairarm.com

Royal Navy Submarine Museum
Haslar Jetty Road,
Gosport,
Hampshire. PO12 2AS

Phone Icon Phone: 023 92 529217

fax transparent icon Fax:023 92 511349

website transparent icon Website: Royal Naval Submarine Museum

Email E-mail: archives@rnsubmus.co.uk

Royal Marines Museum
Southsea,
Hampshire.
PO4 9PX

Phone Icon Phone: 023 92 819385

fax transparent icon Fax: 023 92 838420

website transparent icon Website: Royal Marines Museum

Email E-mail: info@royalmarinesmuseum.co.uk

National Maritime Museum
Park Row,
Greenwich,
London. SE10 9NF

Phone Icon Phone: 020 8858 4422

fax transparent icon Fax: 020 8312 6632

website transparent icon Website: National Maritime Museum

Imperial War Museum
Lambeth Road,
London.
SE1 6HZ

Phone Icon Phone: 020 7416 5320

fax transparent icon Fax: 020 7416 5374

website transparent icon Website: Imperial War Museum

Email E-mail: mail@iwm.org.uk

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Visitor Centre,
Victory Gate,
HM Naval Base,
Portsmouth. PO1 3LJ

Phone Icon Phone: 023 92 861512

fax transparent icon Fax: 023 92 295252

website transparent icon Website: Flagship Portsmouth

Email E-mail:library@royalnavalmuseum.org

Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust
The Old Surgery
Chatham,
Kent.
ME4 4TE

Phone Icon Phone: 01634 823800

fax transparent icon Fax: 01634 823801

website transparent icon Website: Chatham Historic Dockyard

Email E-mail: info@chdt.org.uk 


Charities

Many charities have been set up over the years to help Naval families, regular or reserve, in times of distress or need. Some are just for Navy people while others are for all three services. Officers and ratings, serving or retired, and their dependants can all be considered for help from one or more charities. RN Charities give over £3million every year to help thousands of serving and former Naval Service people and their families.  The cost to RN Charities of giving this assistance is constantly increasing.  At the same time it is becoming more and more difficult to raise funds to meet the need.

More Information: Charities Section




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