It is very timely to make a visit to the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich. On 27th December 1805 Nelson’s body was placed in the Painted Hall, Royal Hospital for Seamen at Greenwich. Over 15,000 people came to to view the body lying in state. Maritime London exhibition at the National Maritime Museum has on display the Daniel Turner painting of Nelson’s Funeral Procession 1807. It is a panoramic view of the the Thames taken from Southwark of over 60 boats that accompany the funeral barge on its journey from Greenwich to Whitehall Stairs. Also on display is Nelson’s uniform and you can see clearly the fatal shot that he received in the left shoulder. The significance of Nelson is captured in another painting on display – The Apotheosis of Nelson by Pierre Nicolas Legrand 1805 which shows Nelson being supported by Neptune as he ascends into the heavens. I was intrigued to learn that neither Lady Nelson nor Emma Hamilton attended the funeral.

Apotheosis of Nelson

As well as the river’s role in pomp and pageantry the exhibition also focuses upon the importance of London as a port and a place for ship building. There is an interesting photographic display of the docks from 1937 to 1997.

Just before Christmas the Government announced that the veterans of the Arctic convoys that supplied Russia with fuel, food and munitions during the Second World War are finally to be awarded a medal after years of campaigning. There is an exhibition of the Arctic Convoys also at the National Maritime museum and which demonstrates why the veterans deserve proper recognition for their bravery.

An exhibition of the landscape photographer Ansel Adams is currently on and is well worth visiting.