Exhibition – ‘Launch! Shipbuilding Through the Ages’ @ HMS Belfast (to 31 Dec)

HMS BelfastA family-orientated exhibition that uses hands-on and computerised interactive displays and engaging film and footage to demonstrate techniques of shipbuilding, from the ‘age of sail’ to modern prefabrication methods.

The exhibition focuses on the science, engineering and social history of shipbuilding in Great Britain, and the interactive elements of the exhibition will allow children of all ages to get involved and experience this history.

HMS Belfast is unique as the last remaining big-gunned warship to have seen action in the Second World War still moored in European waters.

  • Launched in 1938 she served with distinction in the Second World War and was amongst the very first British ships to go into action into the Korean War in 1950. Her service in the War, during which she spent no less than 404 days on active patrol, was as long and arduous as that with the Home Fleet during the Second World War.
  • In May 1971, after 32 years service, HMS Belfast was ‘Reduced to Disposal’, in preparation for her sale and destruction by the ship’s breakers. With the encouragement of the Imperial War Museum, an independent trust was formed, led by one of HMS Belfast’s former captains, Rear-Admiral Sir Morgan Morgan-Giles. The trust succeeded in bringing her to London where she opened to visitors on Trafalgar Day, 21 October 1971.
  • HMS Belfast has been part of the Imperial War Museum since 1978 and is the first ship to be preserved for the nation since Nelson’s Victory. A tour of this huge and complex warship will take you from the Quarterdeck up to the top of her bridge and all the way down through her nine decks to her massive Boiler and Engine Rooms, well below the ship’s waterline.

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Nearest Tube:
HMS Belfast is moored on the Thames between London Bridge and Tower Bridge.
Tube: London Bridge or Tower Hill

Opening Times:
1 March – 31 October, 10.00am – 6.00pm – (last admission 5.15pm)
1 November – 28 February, 10.00am – 5.00pm (last admission 4.15pm)

Admission prices:
Adults £12.95
Children (under 16) free – must be accompanied by an adult
Discounted rates available for senior citizens, concessions, students, groups, carers.