Heritage Open Days

World War One Up Close at the Royal Victoria Chapel

13 September 2023 10:30am to 14 September 2023 5pm

Military tunic button with hole in it made from a bullet.

World War One Up Close at the Royal Victoria Chapel

Get up close and explore objects from our World War One collection with the help of our volunteer guides.  Learn about the role the Royal Victoria Hospital played in the war and uncover some fascinating stories of the hospital’s patients and staff.

Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th September, 11am – 12.30pm and 2-4pm.

The Royal Victoria Chapel is all that remains of the main building of the Royal Victoria Hospital, a military hospital serving the British Army from 1863 to 1979.  Free exhibitions tell the history of the hospital and some of its staff and patients.  With costumes, colouring and gallery trails, there is something for everyone to enjoy.  For an additional charge, visitors are also able to climb to the top of the Chapel tower (a challenging climb of 166 steps) and enjoy spectacular views across Southampton Water and beyond.

The site has a fantastic café at the Cedar Rooms, accessible facilities and vast grounds to explore, including open grassy areas, the Southampton Water shoreline, shady woodland and the Netley Military Cemetery.

Join our volunteer guides to take a closer look at Items from our World War One collection, including badges, buttons, medals, souvenir items and handicrafts, and uncover some fascinating stories of the hospital's patients and staff.