Plymouth history students discuss their experiences working in the archives at Britannia Royal Naval College

Edward Morton:

"I found the entire experience to be fascinating. It was incredibly informative to get a glimpse at the 'behind-the-scenes' working of a historical site, especially one like the museum and archives at Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) which are not normally open to the public. The project I was working on was the start of digitising the conduct and disciplinary records of cadets at the college from when it was first founded in 1863. Although I was excited to find the entry for John Jellicoe, the British commander at the Battle of Jutland in 1916, from when he was there in 1872, quite often these records are the only military records of the cadets at all. To see how they performed in class and what troubles and misdemeanours they were involved in also gives a fascinating insight into their character as individuals as well. 

As an extension of my existing interest in the history of the Royal Navy, the experience has additionally enthused me into continuing such study here at Plymouth University, something I am looking forward to as I continue my studies here, as well as now considering the postgraduate research masters the University will soon be offering."

Donna Maughan:

"Britannia Royal Naval College is a hidden gem of the naval heritage. It was a real privilege to be given the opportunity to see real history and be allowed to play a part in preserving information for future generations, inspiring me to want to follow the path to archival studies in the future."