Celebrating naval links at historic dockyard

Black History Month Multicultural Day at The National Museum Of The Royal Navy (Portsmouth Historic Dockyard)     Saturday 6th October  12noon - 4.30pm (Victory Gallery)  FREE event, all ages welcome
Black History Month Multicultural Day at The National Museum Of The Royal Navy (Portsmouth Historic Dockyard) Saturday 6th October 12noon - 4.30pm (Victory Gallery) FREE event, all ages welcome
Dr John Steadman, archivist of Portsmouth History Centre based at Portsmouth Central Library     Picture:  Malcolm Wells

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Celebrate the Royal Navy’s links to other countries and about black history this weekend at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Tomorrow, from 12pm until 4.30pm, The National Museum of The Royal Navy is hosting the free Black History Month Multicultural Day.

You can investigate cultural artefacts, discover Nelson’s navy and hear accounts of first contact. Throughout the day there will also be crafts, food and music to keep every family entertained.

There will be music from the likes of Brij Jetly’s Chumbak Chumbak band and singing group Africapella.

Diversity projects officer at the museum, Kiri Anderson, says: ‘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.’

Visitors can also buy a ticket to explore HMS Victory and HMS Warrior 1860, as well as the galleries of the National Museums of the Royal Navy.

The day is free, and is a drop-in event with all ages of families welcome to attend.

For more information call Portsmouth Historic Dockyard on (02) 39272 8060 or go to historicdockyard.co.uk.