'Royal Navy Submarine HMS E9' (© IWM Q74846)

Royal Navy submarine exhibition explores submarine warfare of WW1

Posted on centenarynews.com on 13 April 2015
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The Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport, England has unveiled a new exhibition exploring the development and role of submarines in the First World War.

The 1914-18 war marked the first significant military engagement of submarines, initially as reconnaissance and harbour defence vessels, but soon after in a more offensive role.

The exhibition - 'First In, Last Out' - includes personal accounts, video footage, photographs and objects from the collection that explore the dangerous and pioneering work of the submarines and the men who worked on them.

The Royal Navy Submarine Museum is also home to the first commissioned submarine of the Royal Navy, Holland 1. The submarine was built in 1901 and underwent a conservation project in 2001, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

This submarine, as well as others from the Second World War, can be explored at the museum.

The exhibition will run from April 2015 until January 3rd 2016 and is free with a valid museum ticket.

A memorial at the museum is dedicated to the memory of the Royal Navy Submarine Service, and lists the name of those that have given their lives in service.

For more information visit the museum’s website here.

Source: Royal Navy Submarine Museum

Photo: Courtesy of the Imperial War Museum ©IWM Q74846

Posted by: Éadaoin Hegarty, Centenary News