The Old Royal Naval College was originally built as the Royal Hospital for Seamen, one of the world's great architectural treasures. Founded by Queen Mary II and designed by Sir Christopher Wren, the Hospital was created to provide a refuge for elderly and injured Royal Navy seamen. Then, in the late 19th century, the Royal Naval College became one of the most highly-rated naval training facilities in Europe.

The Old Royal Naval College has long been intrinsically linked to Britain's maritime endeavours, and our maritime collection celebrates these connections and tells these stories.