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Ghosts of Jutland Exhibition - HMS Belfast

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

DURING World War II, HMS Belfast not only played a leading role in the destruction of the battle cruiser Scharnhorst but also in the Normandy Landings.

She remained in service with the Royal Navy until 1965; and in 1971, was saved for the nation as a unique reminder of Britain’s naval heritage. She is now moored on the River Thames in London and is currently hosting the Ghosts of Jutland Exhibition.

The exhibition, which runs until June 8, 2007, commemorates the 90th anniversary of the Battle of Jutland, the largest naval battle of World War I, in which 8,648 British and German sailors were lost over the course of a single day.

Using oral history, artefacts, documents and film, the lives and experiences of the men who served at Jutland on that fateful day are brought to life.

Included are the actions of Boy Seaman Jack Cornwell and Major Francis Harvey, RM, who were both awarded posthumous Victoria Crosses for their acts of bravery; plus the accounts of Signalman HY Ganderton who describes his own ship, HMS Engadine, rescuing survivors from the stricken HMS Warrior.

The exhibition also features a hologram, created by Robert Munday, of 109-year old Henry Allingham, the last surviving veteran of the Battle of Jutland.

Finally, it looks at recent expeditions to the shipwrecks of Jutland and the battle to preserve them for future generations.

Tickets for HMS Belfast: Adult – £8.50, Children (under 16) – free, Senior citizens and students – £5.25, Concessions – £1.00.

March 1 to October 31: 10 am – 6 pm (last admission 5.15pm).

November 1 to February 28: 10 am – 5 pm (last admission 4.15 pm).

Nearest tube: London Bridge (Northern/Jubilee) and Tower Hill (District/Circle).

For more information visit the HMS Belfast website.