Nelson casts off at Maritime museums

Two major maritime exhibitions will be launched to celebrate The Nelson Decade, a nationwide celebration culminating in the year 2005 – the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar.

The National Maritime Museum in London’s Greenwich will unveil an exhibition calledNelson – Life and Legend designed by James Gardner 3D Concepts. It opens on 21 October this year, marking the 190th anniversary of Nelson’s final victory at Trafalgar.

Portsmouth’s Royal Naval Museum is holding a six-way paid pitch to choose a designer for a permanent Nelson exhibition, scheduled to open by early 1997. This will be part of a 3m transformation for the museum, which has appointed Hampshire architect HGP Greentree Allchurch Evans for building design.

“We’re looking at all the major players in exhibition design,” says chief curator Colin White, who will choose a designer by the end of July.

A logo for The Nelson Decade will be unveiled in three months, designed by Worthing consultancy CDA Design.

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