The Navy Museum Blog

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National Museum of the Royal Navy welcomes artefacts »

May 16, 2016
It was a moving end to an important journey – on the afternoon of Thursday 12 May, the HMS New Zealand piupiu, along with the ship’s bell hanger, honours board, and the HMS Queen Mary ring bolt were welcomed to the National Museum of the Royal Navy. The London Ngati Ranana based welcomed the artefacts to the UK […]

Landed in England »

May 13, 2016
After around 24 hours of travel, it was great to see the unit containing the museum’s precious artefacts again shortly after arrival at London Heathrow. As a “witness load”, the container could not be unpacked until the museum courier and art moving company reps were present at one of the cargo warehouses. It was great […]

Leg One…. Loading »

May 11, 2016
The day is here! Four museum artefacts and one Collection Manager are about to board a plane to the other side of the world. The Collection Manager’s first job is to check the packing of the two object crates (one containing the puipiu, the other 3 HMS NZ objects) into the dedicated airline container unit. […]

The Journey Begins…. »

The four HMS New Zealand artefacts, destined for the National Museum of the Royal Navy, have begun their journey from Devonport to Portsmouth. Mike & Derek from Global Specialised Services collected the objects from the museum collection store and carefully packed & loaded them into their truck. They will be taken to be crated for […]

HMS New Zealand Piupiu »

April 27, 2016
The piupiu was gifted to Captain Lionel Halsey RN Commanding Officer of the battleship HMS NEW ZEALAND during the ships visit to New Zealand in 1913. The provenance, and in particular the gifting iwi of the piupiu, cannot, at this stage, be substantiated. Halsey himself wrote only that the piupiu was presented “by a Maori […]