Heritage open days will offer rare insight

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VISITORS can get a rare insight into some gems of Britain’s military heritage at a series of open days.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the annual heritage open days of Royal Navy sites.

On Saturday, September 13, there will be a submariner’s tour of Fort Blockhouse at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport, which includes a visit to the training tank tower.

There will be behind-the-scenes tours of Explosion, Museum of Naval Firepower on Saturday, September 13 and Sunday, September 14.

At Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard, visitors will be able to go aboard the M33, the small First World War-era ship which sits in drydock next to HMS Victory.

There will also be below-the-waterline tours of HMS Victory, giving small groups the chance to walk underneath the 3,500-tonne ship.

The dockyard tours are free but must be booked in advance, and will take place from Thursday, September 11 to Sunday, September 14.

For more information, visit nmrn.org.uk/news-events.