Events

The Abandon Ship! exhibition aims to share the story of the ships and crew of the Merchant Navy who served during two World Wars. As part of the programme the Wellington Trust is organising a range of events offering opportunities for people of all ages to get involved and have fun learning.

All events will be free – although as a charity, the Wellington Trust will welcome donations!

May
Sunday 21 May – Launch Event: family trails, craft activities, and live performances

July
Monday 10 July – Mini lunchtime presentation: Role of Radio Officer by Tony Selman.

Sunday 23 July – Family History Day: Discover more about your own Merchant Navy ancestors at a free Family History workshop and enjoy a live performance based on the stories of Richmond Castle survivors.

Monday 31 July – Evening talk; the Merchant Navy in WWI, with author Richard Woodman

August

Family activities, Sundays throughout August, 1-3pm

Sunday 6 August –  We are holding a number of activities for children to engage them with the exhibition such as:

  • See different medals and make one for yourself!
  • Send a message in a bottle – you are shipwrecked, what would you write?
  • Make a flag to attract attention – how would you design it?

Sunday 13 August – Morse Coding: Discover what coding meant before computers and see if you could send a message to save your crew.

Sunday 20 August – We are holding a number of activities for children to engage them with the exhibition such as:

  • See different medals and make one for yourself!
  • Send a message in a bottle – you are shipwrecked, what would you write?
  • Make a flag to attract attention – how would you design it?

Sunday 27 August – Morse Coding: Discover what coding meant before computers and see if you could send a message to save your crew.
Monday 7 August – Evening Talk – the Merchant Navy in WWII; the U-boat experiences, with lecturer and author Dr Harry Bennett

September
Sunday 3 September – Merchant Navy Day: Discover more about your own Merchant Navy ancestors at a free Family History workshop and enjoy a live performance based on the stories of Richmond Castle survivors.

Monday 11 September – Evening Talk – Rescue Tugs of WWII, with Ian Dear, author of The Tattie Lads

Monday 18 September – Mini lunchtime lecture: A 20-minute lecture you can come and eat your sandwiches to! [TBC]

Monday 25 September – Evening Talk – the Birkenhead Drill; civilians and abandon ship, with Glyn Evans, of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners

October
Sunday 1 October – Silver Sunday; more info on activities to come

Monday 9 October – Mini lunchtime lecture: A 20-minute lecture you can come and eat your sandwiches to! [TBC]

Monday 9 October – Evening Talk – Wireless At sea, 1880 – 1950, with John Almond

Monday 23 October – Big Draw event

November
Monday 6 November – Last day of the exhibition

All Events take place on board the HQS Wellington

Photo of the Wellington on the Thames

Please note the following planned closures, when the exhibition will not be open to the public:
25 & 26 June
2 & 3 July