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RRS Sir David Attenborough polar research ship in Greenwich

Just before the beginning start of the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow. The RRS Sir David Attenborough polar research ship has arrived and will be spending a few days in Greenwich in London.

The 129m-long ship has spent the past year in trials around the British coast preparing for its first ocean voyage to Antarctica in November. The vessel will deliver supplies to the UK’s main scientific base, at Rothera, and other stations around the Southern Ocean.

The Attenborough built by Cammell Laird is a Polar Class 4 icebreaker and cost £200m to build. It has a helipad, cranes and equipment to deploy minisubs and other ocean-survey and sampling machinery. The ship is considered one of the most advanced polar research vessels in the world.

The ship is the first British polar research ship to feature a moon pool – a vertical shaft running through the vessel, open to both the air and sea. Using the moon pool, scientific equipment can be deployed and recovered through the centre of the hull. This is easier and safer than deploying equipment over the side in the polar oceans’ rough seas. The ship also has a number of built-in laboratories.

The new polar ship will operate year-round. She will spend the northern summer supporting Arctic research cruises and the austral summer in Antarctica carrying out research programmes and bringing people and supplies to research stations.

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The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich reopens on 7 September 2020

Royal Museums Greenwich have announced the reopening of the National Maritime Museum on 7 September. Visitors will once again be able to explore the story of Britain and the sea through science, trade, conflict, work and leisure in the world’s largest maritime collection.

The Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2019 exhibition has been extended to 13 September. Visitors can gaze upon exceptional astrophotography revealing the secrets the Universe, including the winning image, ‘Into the Shadow’ by Hungarian photographer László Francsics.

Entry to the National Maritime Museum will remain free. Time slots will have to be pre-booked online and a one-way visitor route will be in place.

In line with the government’s announcement on 31 July, face coverings must be worn inside the museum. Protective screens in the ticket hall and gift shop will be installed and sanitiser stations will also be available throughout to ensure the safety of all visitors and staff.

Initially, the interactive All Hands Children Gallery and Ahoy! Children’s Gallery will remain closed.

The announcement follows the phased approach to reopening Royal Museums Greenwich announced earlier this summer. Cutty Sark reopened on 20 July, the Royal Observatory Greenwich opened in part on 3 August and the Queen’s House reopened on 10 August.

At the Queen’s House, Faces of a Queen: The Armada Portraits of Elizabeth I will run until 31 August 2020. This is the first time the three surviving portraits have been displayed together in their 430-year history.

Additionally, Woburn Treasures has been extended until Easter 2021. This exhibition is a major collaboration, which will see significant works from the private art collection of The Duke and Duchess of Bedford on show in the Queen’s House. The collaboration marks the first time significant collection pieces have been on public display in a national museum since the 1950s.

For more information , visit the Royal Museums Greenwich website here

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Exhibition Review: Woburn Treasures at the Queen’s House in Greenwich from 13 February 2020 to 17 January 2021

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The Queen’s House in Greenwich in partnership with Woburn Abbey presents a new exhibition entitled Woburn Treasures which features significant works from the private art collection of The Duke and Duchess of Bedford on show in the Queen’s House. The collaboration marks the first time that significant parts of the Woburn collection have been on public display in a national museum since the 1950s.

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The private art collection of The Duke and Duchess of Bedford is considered to be one of the most important art collections still in private hands and the Woburn Abbey loans comprise of over 20 works by artists such as Van Dyck, Reynolds, Gainsborough, Poussin and Canaletto. The artworks will hang alongside important works from the national collection of Royal Museums Greenwich.The collaboration has been made possible due to the 18-month closure of Woburn Abbey as it undergoes the biggest refurbishment and conservation project since it first opened to the public in 1955.

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Highlights from the Woburn Treasures include a full length portrait of Anne of Denmark by Flemish artist Gheeraerts the Younger. Anne, queen consort of James I commissioned Inigo Jones to build the Queen’s House, the first Palladian villa in England.

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There is a large full length portrait of Lady Elizabeth Keppel by Sir Joshua Reynolds.

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The exhibition includes Canaletto’s large-scale Regatta on the Grand Canal, one of 24 paintings by the Italian artist commissioned for Lord John Russell, the Fourth Duke of Bedford, following his visit to Venice in 1731.

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There is an intimate portrait of Daniel Mytens and his wife by Sir Anthony van Dyck.

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A wonderful pastoral scene is shown in Woodcutter and the Milk Maid by Thomas Gainsborough.

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One of the more unusual portraits is that of Queen Mary I and Phillip II of Spain by an unknown artist, 1558.

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Alongside the paintings is a selection of sculptures, ceramics and a silver-gilt toilette set spanning the 17th to 19th century. Many of the artworks showcased in the exhibition have been collected over many generations of the Russell family.

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This fascinating Woburn Treasures exhibition is a rare opportunity to understand themes related to British country house collecting within the beautiful and architecturally important Queen’s House. To see many of these works of art before, you would have needed to go to Woburn Abbey in Bedfordshire and pay an admission fee, this exhibition is an opportunity to access this outstanding collection for free in the capital.

The Woburn Treasures exhibition runs from 13 February to 17 January 2021 alongside Faces of a Queen: The Armada Portraits of Elizabeth I which is open from 13 February – 31 August 2020 at the Queen’s House in Greenwich , both are free to visit.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended 

For more information , visit the Royal Museums Greenwich website here

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Review – Faces of a Queen: The Armada Portraits of Elizabeth I Exhibition at the Queen’s House in Greenwich from 13 February 2020 to 31 August 2020

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The three surviving versions of the famous Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I are on public display together in a free exhibition at the Queen’s House in Greenwich. The exhibition, entitled Faces of a Queen: The Armada Portraits of Elizabeth I, is the first time the paintings have been displayed together in their 430-year history.

The Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I, circa 1588 © National Maritime Museum, London

Considered to be, one of the most iconic images in British history, the Armada Portraits commemorates the most famous conflict in Elizabeth’s reign when the Spanish Armada failed in their attempt to invade England in 1588. Royal Museums Greenwich showcases its own version of the Armada Portrait alongside the two other surviving versions, from the collections of Woburn Abbey and the National Portrait Gallery.

The Armada Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I. From the Woburn Abbey Collection

All three versions of the Armada Portrait are believed to have been painted shortly after the event, circa 1588. Despite their iconic status, the origins of the paintings are shrouded in mystery with experts  suggesting that three different artists or studios could be responsible for the three principal Armada Portraits working from a single template.

Queen Elizabeth I by Unknown English artist, circa 1588 © National Portrait Gallery, London

This historic exhibition presents an unprecedented opportunity for visitors to come face-to-face with three iconic depictions of Elizabeth I. In all three versions, the Queen is shown in a rich gold-embroidered and jewelled dress, presenting her as a powerful and majestic figure with seascapes showing different episodes of the Spanish Armada story.

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The paintings relate to an important part of British history, England’s defeat of the Spanish Armada was considered one of the greatest military victories in English history and Elizabeth was celebrated in portraits, pageants, and the literature of the day. The Elizabethan era provided important stability for the country and helped forge a sense of national identity. These portraits were more than just paintings, they were part of a ‘personality cult’  that represented the monarch as a strong and charismatic leader.

The portraits  are on public display in the Queen’s House, part of Royal Museums Greenwich. The 17th century Palladian villa, designed by Inigo Jones, is situated on the site of the original Greenwich Palace complex, which was a major political centre of the Tudor dynasty and the birthplace of Elizabeth I herself.

Faces of a Queen: The Armada Portraits of Elizabeth I is open from 13 February – 31 August 2020 at the Queen’s House in Greenwich alongside the Woburn Treasures exhibition that runs from 13 February to 17 January 2021, both are free to visit.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended 

For more information , visit the Royal Museums Greenwich website here

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Faces of a Queen: The Armada Portraits of Elizabeth I Exhibition at the Queen’s House in Greenwich from 13 February 2020 to 31 August 2020

The Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I, circa 1588 © National Maritime Museum, London

The three surviving versions of the famous Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I are to go on public display together in a free exhibition at the Queen’s House in Greenwich. The exhibition, entitled Faces of a Queen: The Armada Portraits of Elizabeth I, is the first time the paintings have been displayed together in their 430-year history.

Considered to be, one of the most iconic images in British history, the Armada Portraits commemorates the most famous conflict in Elizabeth’s reign when the Spanish Armada failed in their attempt to invade England in 1588. Royal Museums Greenwich showcases its own version of the Armada Portrait alongside the two other surviving versions, from the collections of Woburn Abbey and the National Portrait Gallery.

The Armada Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I. From the Woburn Abbey Collection

All three versions of the Armada Portrait are believed to have been painted shortly after the event, circa 1588. The paintings were once attributed to the Queen’s Sergeant-Painter, George Gower but many experts have suggested that three different artists or studios could be responsible for the three principal Armada Portraits.

Queen Elizabeth I by Unknown English artist, circa 1588 © National Portrait Gallery, London

This historic exhibition presents an unprecedented opportunity for visitors to come face-to-face with three iconic depictions of Elizabeth I. In all three versions, the Queen is shown in a rich gold-embroidered and jewelled dress, presenting her as a powerful, authoritative and majestic figure with seascapes showing different episodes of the Spanish Armada story. In both the Greenwich and Woburn Abbey versions, Elizabeth I’s right hand is resting on a globe showing the Americas, an imperial covered crown on the table behind, a fan made of ostrich feathers in her left hand, and beside her a chair of state.

The portraits will be united on public display in the Queen’s House, part of Royal Museums Greenwich. The 17th century Palladian villa, designed by Inigo Jones, is situated on the site of the original Greenwich Palace complex, which was a major political centre of the Tudor dynasty and the birthplace of Elizabeth I herself.

Faces of a Queen: The Armada Portraits of Elizabeth I will be open from 13 February – 31 August 2020 at the Queen’s House in Greenwich and is free to visit.

For more information , visit the Royal Museums Greenwich website here

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Review: National Maritime Museum in Greenwich

The National Maritime Museum is located within the historic buildings that form part of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site and is run by Royal Museums Greenwich which comprises of the Royal Observatory, Cutty Sark, National Maritime Museum and Queen’s House.

Greenwich has been the home to a naval-based art gallery since the early 1800s, however the idea for a National Maritime Museum goes back to the 1920s, when a public appeal was launched to develop a ‘national naval and nautical museum’. Sir James Caird purchased the A.G.H. Macpherson Collection of over 11,000 maritime prints, along with ship models and many other items, to help begin the Museum’s collection.

Over a decade later, the National Maritime Museum was opened by King George VI in 1937 and now holds some of the most important items in the world on the history of Britain at sea, including maritime art, cartography, manuscripts, official public records, ship models and plans. In the last ten years, more gallery spaces have been added and a new library and archive has been developed.

Highlights of the ground level area are the remarkable collection of figureheads from the late 17th century until the early 20th century, the stern gallery of HMS Implacable, a full size Type-23 frigate propeller and the lavish 20 metre The state barge built for Frederick, Prince of Wales and launched in 1732.

On the ground level is the Jutland 1916 gallery which was opened to mark the centenary of the Battle of Jutland, the largest sea battle of the First World War.

Also on this level is J.M.W. Turner’s largest painting of The Battle of Trafalgar, 21 October 1805, which is one of the highlights of the museums art collection and the Voyagers gallery which tells the story of Britain and the sea and Maritime London.

Moving up to other levels, there are series of galleries and displays including the Nelson, Navy, Nation gallery which explores the life and times of great British hero Horatio Nelson and the history of the Royal Navy and British people from 1688–1815. One of the highlights is the actual uniform Admiral Nelson was wearing when he was fatally wounded at the Battle of Trafalgar.

Visitors can find out about Britain’s maritime trade with Asia in the Traders: the East India Company and Asia gallery and find a moments peace in the beautiful Baltic Exchange Memorial Glass gallery which commemorates World War I dead.

The museum has opened four new galleries from September 2018, Tudor and Stuart Seafarers uncovers stories of adventure and piracy, ambition and greed. Polar Worlds discover the challenges of extreme environments. From Arctic and Antarctic exploration to the impact of climate change on human lives. Pacific Encounters voyage to the world’s largest ocean and hear hidden histories of exploration and exploitation. Sea Things explores more personal connections with the sea with a series of personal stories.

The museum attracts many children and families with its AHOY! children’s gallery and you can enjoy food and drink in the Parkside Café and Terrace which features the popular Yinka Shonibare’s replica of Nelson’s HMS Victory in a bottle.

The National Maritime Museum is one of the top free museums in London and is often visited by those who wish to explore the many delights of historic Greenwich. The museum has in recent years worked to show their remarkable objects in a way that they illustrate particular stories and events. This very popular museum has been innovative in the way it uses historical objects and multimedia to tell the fascinating story of Britain’s maritime past.

For more information and tickets, visit the National Maritime Museum website here

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Review : The Queen’s House in Greenwich

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Greenwich is a favourite destination for visitors who come to admire its many delights. One treasure that is often overlooked is the Queen’s House located near the National Maritime Museum.

The House’s has recently been closed to allow the Royal Museums Greenwich the opportunity to refurbish galleries and introduce new displays and colour schemes, bespoke lighting and new interpretation. It will be reopened on October 11th 2016 to celebrate its 400th anniversary featuring paintings that illustrate its Royal connections and work from the National Maritime Museum’s outstanding art collection.

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The Queen’s House has a remarkable history and is considered one of the most important buildings architecturally in the country.  The famous architect Inigo Jones was commissioned to design the building in 1616 by King James I’s wife, Anne of Denmark , although she never saw Inigo Jones’s Classical design completed because she died in 1619 when only the first floor had been built. In 1629, James’s son Charles I gave Greenwich to his wife Henrietta Maria and work on the Queen’s House resumed to be finally completed around 1636. The house is considered one of the first fully Classical building in England and marked a distinct   break from the traditional, red-brick Tudor style of building.

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The Civil War in 1640’s meant that Henrietta Maria had little time in the house before she went into exile and her husband was executed, although she did eventually return after the restoration in 1660. The house was then used by members of the royal family and for other purposes until 1805, when George III granted the Queen’s House to a charity for the orphans of seamen, called the Royal Naval Asylum. This remained until 1933, when the charity moved to Suffolk. It was taken over by the National Maritime Museum in 1934.

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As part of the new refurbishment Turner Prize winner Richard Wright has created a new artwork for the ceiling of the Great Hall which is inspired by the remarkable Tulip Stairs.

Visitors to the re-opened house will also be able to see Orazio Gentileschi’s Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife displayed in this iconic building for the first time since 1650. The painting, which is part of the Royal Collection, was one of a sequence commissioned for the Queen’s House by King Charles I and Queen Henrietta Maria.

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The King’s Presence Chamber and Queen’s Presence Chamber have been used to house paintings illustrating the kings, queens, consorts and courtiers associated with the House and Greenwich during this period. This helps to bring the history of the Queen’s House to life and illustrates the connection with the Tudor Placentia Palace that once stood near the site.

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Walking around the remarkable house provides plenty of evidence of how Greenwich was at the centre of Royal life for centuries and how little remains to remind us of its Royal connections. Rather strangely, the entrance to the house is via the colonnade and not through the front and back of the building. From the house you can enjoy great views of Greenwich Park and the Naval College.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

For more information, visit the Royal Museums Greenwich website here

Entrance is Free to Queen’s House

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Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta – 5th to 9th Sept 2014

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The biggest fleet of tall ships to come to the capital in a quarter of a century will be visiting London for the Greenwich Tall Ship festival in September.
Over 50 tall ships attending the festival which will be moored at Greenwich, Royal Arsenal Woolwich, Wood Wharf (Canary Wharf), Enderby Wharf and Victoria Deep Water Dock. The will be a number of Cruises operating from Woolwich, and you can gain access on board some other ships for free.

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Greenwich is the destination port of the Falmouth – Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta 2014. The ships leave Falmouth on 31 August and will arrive in Greenwich on the 4th of September.

The Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta will be the highlight of the Festival. Over 20-30 Class A Tall Ships and more than 40 smaller Tall Ships from 4 to 9 September 2014. This event starts 4 September, when the Tall Ships arrive on the Thames after an exciting race from Falmouth. During the regatta the Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival will be from 5 to 9 September 2014.

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From 5 to 9 September, Royal Greenwich will host five days of activities. The Royal Greenwich Tall Ship Festival will provide a spectacular programme of music, dance and family entertainment.

For more information, visit the Royal Greenwich Festival website here

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Greenwich Music Time Festival – August 20th to 23rd August 2014

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Set within the grounds of the iconic Old Royal Naval College, the first Greenwich Music Time concert series in 2014 offers an eclectic mix of music over the August Bank holiday  weekend.

With all 5000 attendees seated it will a few nights  to remember next to the Thames ,  the event opens on Wednesday 20th August running until Saturday 23rd August 2014.

The final concert will feature local boy Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra.

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The Australian Pink Floyd Show
Wednesday 20th August

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Goldfrapp
Thursday 21st August

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Proms on the Thames:
Russell Watson
with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
and special Guests Rhydian & Kerry Ellis
Friday 22nd August

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Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
and very special guests MELANIE C and MARC ALMOND
Saturday 23rd August

 For more information or Book Tickets , visit the GMT website here
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Great London Street Food – Greenwich Market

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Brazilian Churros (Brazilian Churros are sweet crunchy doughnuts)

In the search for the best London Street Food , it is often within the Market areas that you find the greatest number of outlets. Greenwich Market is relatively small but is blessed with a large number  of Street Food stalls, here is just a selection.

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 Gourmet Hotdogs

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British Homemade Desserts

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Desi Indian Food -Homemade Indian Food in Punjabi style

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Mini Dutch Dippers -Little mini Dutch style pancakes

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Koyul Ltd -Handmade sushi specialist.

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Teriyaki-Ya – Japanese and Korean cuisine.