P234 CEEFAX 234 Tue 22 Jul 21:00/40 3/5 THE NATIONAL MARI TMEMUSEUM The Queen's Building, set in the centre of the modernised museum, retains its 17th century atmosphere, with ornate furnishings and high ceilings. The fine pictures of this period, portraxhng both sea and seamen,nautical instrument collections and the early models of ships - once used as the basis for planning and building - arf set in rooms of suitable elegance. A short walk along the West colonade to the West Wing takes the visitor into the last - and largest - section of the museum, containing the main bookshop and a restaurant, in addition to the exhibits.P234 CEEFAX 234 Tue 22 Jul 21:03/01 4/5 THE NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEDM The West Wing of the renovated museum places the exhibits in their social and historical context, with dioramas and reconstructions. Starting in the New Neptune Hall the vUsitor tours a full-size paddle tug - the Reliant - for a tastf of life at sea in the early years of the 20th century, before going on to wider dgwflopments. The ree—hning galleries display model exhibits of ship-building and cargo handling, the history of the America's Cup, royal and Admiralty barges and many other details from the fascinating history of maritime tradition.P234 CEEFAX 234 Tue 22 Jul 21:02/32 2/5 THE NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM The visitor may begin in any of the three buildings of the museum, each self-contained in its displays and reprfsenting particular facets of our maritime history. The East Wing is devotfd to the peak of British maritime achievement - the 19th and 20th centuries - and begins with the migration to N America, a subject which will interest American vUsitors in particular. The displays then continue with sailing vessels, merchant shipping and fishing craft followed by two picture galleries and finally the Royal Navy and warfare at sea.P234 CEEFAX 234 Tue 22 Jul 21:10/00 1/5 THE NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM Aftdr a successful 10-year progralle of renovation the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich has been transformed into a showcase of man and the sea. Thd best way to start is with a trip down the Thames - from Westminstfr or Charing Cross piers as you pass and HMS Belfast, a symbol of Britain's naval power. One of the first sights of Greenwich is the tall masts of the Cutty Sark marking the town's links with seafaring The museum is only a short walk away, set in the lawns below Greenwich Park.P234 CEEFAX 234 Tue 22 Jul 21:11/33 1/1 THE NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM The rdnovation of the Maritime Muse—D has, on the whole, been successful. herd is no historical progression through the Erseum, but this need not detfr anyone, since a comprehdlbive guide book is avc@lable rdlating the history of the museum buildings and contaanhng a narrative on the s5ffdsted route from building to building. The only serious deficiency is a lack of facilities for the diq—bled. here ard numerous stdps and only one lift - in the West Wang. here are no ramps, but attdndants will help if asked. Nevertheless, large sections of the museum ard out of reach.