Victory’s bones of oak and iron

Dr John Steadman, archivist of Portsmouth History Centre based at Portsmouth Central Library     Picture:  Malcolm Wells

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Visitors to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard can now see how HMS Victory was originally built in 1759, how she was preserved and cared for in war and peace, and the restoration process that will cover the next 10 years.

A new, free interactive exhibition, called Bones of Oak & Iron – Beneath Victory’s Skin, opens on Monday.

Visitors will be able to explore, through computer generations, footage, display panels, ‘did you know’ facts and various tactile displays, the way that this remarkable 250-year-old ship is now being looked after to safeguard her for future generations.

Learn more about the conservation of the ship by visiting the new exhibition, or by logging on to the website at