CAPTAIN John Rees OBE, Chief of Staff at the National Museum of the Royal Navy, said: 'Last year was a record-breaking one for Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. We welcomed 950,000 visitors through our gate, our largest number since the site was established.
‘Many of these are returners who live locally, bring friends and relatives to visit and are proud to have us on our doorstep. We have a national and global influence on visitors and our impact on the local economy is equal to £110m every year.
'We are working hard to invest more in the site and make sure we have lots of different things for visitors to see. We’ve just opened our Tattoo : British Tattoo Art Revealed exhibition, there is the new Silent and Secret permanent gallery in the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport and we have plans to spend over £50,000 putting on Dockyard Alive - a programme of events for all the family for the summer holidays.'
Dockyard Alive is a new initiative that will transport visitors back in time to encounter a changing cast of characters with links to the site's major attractions. The troupe of professional actors will be performing daily in full costume, telling colourful stories of life as it would have been over 200 years ago, with the aim of engaging and inspiring visitors of all ages.
Silent and Secret marks 50 years since Britain's first nuclear at-sea deterrent. To get there, a free waterbus takes just five minutes from the Historic Dockyard.
Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed charts the history of British tattooing and features the largest gathering of real objects and original tattoo artwork ever assembled in the UK.
The Historic Dockyard is home to 11 attractions, including some of the finest examples of British naval history HMS Victory, HMS Warrior 1860 and HMS Alliance - the only remaining Second World War-era British submarine.