Read moreIn naval culture ‘crossing the line’ refers to crossing the equator – marked by a lively and rough ceremony initiating every novice (those who have not yet crossed the equator) on board. The event, steeped in tradition with set rituals, grandiose speeches, and elaborate costumes and props, dates back to the 1700s.
Read moreIn 1914, Princess Mary organised a public appeal to raise funds to provide all servicemen and women with a Christmas tin. The tins went to members of the British, Colonial and Indian armed forces, they were also given to widows and parents of those who had been killed.
Read moreThe Burberry trench coat is a fashion icon – a piece of clothing that emulates style with no compromise to its functionality or warmth. Worn by everyone from Kate Moss on the catwalk in the late 1990’s to Humphrey Bogart in the all-time cinema-classic Casablanca, the trench coat is a mark of class and sophistication for every decade.
Read moreAll the artefacts in our collection tell their own story, or at least play a part in telling a much larger story. And sometimes we come across mysterious artefacts that force us to keep asking more questions, which, more often than not, remain unanswered.
Read moreSub-Lt Thomas Chalmers Glen McBride was an accountant in Wellington before he joined the Fleet Air Arm (the flying branch of the Navy) in 1942. He trained in Britain and in Detroit, USA, before being commissioned in 1943.It was during that American stint that Glen McBride was able to record two messages to send home his personal greetings in time for Christmas.