Research is a vital part of writing and particularly for me as I set my crime novels in a real location (although a certain amount of artistic licence can be used). So a huge thank you to the staff at the National Museum of the Royal Navy Portsmouth (UK) and the Library for all the help and time they gave to me today answering innumerable questions in aid of my research for the current DI Andy Horton marine mystery crime novel which is set in and around the museum in the Historic Dockyard Portsmouth. I learnt so much, all of it a great help.
A special thank you to Rowannah Martin-Cottee ( who likes to be called Roxy, great name, think I might just drop that into one of my novels). Roxy organised the whole thing for me and was fantastic. She is responsible for organising corporate events at the museum. The Princess Royal Gallery and the unique setting of the museum provide a great venue.
Also a special thanks to Richard Noyce, one of the curators at the National Museum of the Royal Navy, (NMRN) to Adele who is doing a marvellous job recruiting and organising all the many volunteers, and to Heather Johnson, librarian at the wonderful NMRN library which has an awesome collection including copies of The Times from 1809, London Gazettes dating right back into the 1700s, lists of ships in commission in the 1800s and a great deal more.
And if you haven't visited the National Museum of the Royal Navy or the Historic Dockyard Portsmouth then I can thoroughly recommend it. There is so much to see and it makes a great day out. I look forward to weaving some of this into the current DI Horton crime novel.
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