Events at the Somme Museum

New and forthcoming events

The following is the calendar of events to be held at the Somme Museum. This information is updated as new events are planned and arranged.

Events at the Somme Museum

The War at Sea

The President of the Somme Association, HRH The Duke of Gloucester, KG GCVO launched the Somme Museum's new exhibition entitled the "War at Sea".

Before 1914 Britain had a huge Empire and it 'ruled the Waves' by having the most powerful navy in the world. In order to protect that Empire Britain needed a Royal Navy that was greater in size and more powerful than any other Navy. The threat from Germany in the North Sea was growing and the bitter 'naval race' that followed was to some a major factor in the war becoming inevitable in 1914. This exhibition looks at this and subsequent sea engagements such as the Battle of Dogger Bank off the East Coast of England and the Battle of Coronel off Chile, South America. It also looks closer to home at Lough Swilly in County Donegal, which became 'home' to the British Grand Fleet in October 1914. It examines the role played by one of Belfast's largest industries at the time ship building, based at Harland and Wolff Shipyard. The yard employed over 24,000 men before the war but this declined to 6,000 as men joined up to fight. The exhibition is free to view. The exhibition includes information on Lough Swilly as the home of the British Grand Fleet in 1914. There is the history of the Battle of Jutland in 1916 where HMS Caroline saw active service.