The National Museum of the Royal Navy at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is inviting visitors to join them to celebrate black history and discover more about the Royal Navy’s links to different countries around the world at a special event on Saturday 6th October.
Kiri Anderson, Diversity Projects Officer at the National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) explains: “The Royal Navy was the frontier of international exploration – they met new and different people, experiencing new foods, traditions and values as they moved on. They carried these experiences from place to place, inheriting an understanding of different people and cultures as they went.
Following the success of our ‘Chasing Freedom’ exhibition (which focuses on the Royal Navy’s crucial role in the abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade) we are eager to continue promoting diversity throughout the museum, both in our exhibitions and visiting audiences. “
The Multicultural Day will investigate cultural artefacts from the NMRN collections, help visitors to find out about Nelson’s multicultural navy and hear accounts of first contact, plus share new experiences of crafts, food and music to stimulate the senses and reflect the diversity embedded in British culture. There will also be music from the likes of Brij Jetly’s ‘Chumbak Chumbak’ band and singing group Africapella and the chance to practise the breath-taking art forms and traditions that the Navy continues to meet.
Today, the Royal Navy’s work in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Oceania is vital; coastal patrols, intervention during civil unrest and relief aid during natural disasters saves millions of lives. Black History Month Multicultural Day will be a fun way to celebrate and learn about the histories of international people and experience the exciting art forms and traditions that continue to flourish in our culture today.
The Mary Rose Story continues to intrigue as it enters a new chapter with the building of a stunning new museum, due to open early next year. Before then (until November 4th) visitors can get up close and personal with the existing collection and handle a collection of original and replica artefacts. A specially commissioned film relays the story so far and there is also previously unseen footage of the ship’s hull as well as the chance to meet the crew as costumed interpreters bring to life the roles of the barber-surgeon, navigator and carpenter. http://www.historicdockyard.co.uk/