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Naval history

We keep  a majority of our naval history collection at Devonport Library.

The collection includes books, images, journals and other artefacts and provides a fascinating background to the history of the Royal Navy in Plymouth.


  • Information covering the complete history of the Royal Navy
  • Special collections of titles from the Hakluyt Society and the Naval Record Society
  • Complete run of Janes Fighting Ships dating from 1898
  • Admiralty charts for the local area, both historical and current


  • Historical and current periodicals, including Naval Chronicle, Navy News, Naval History, Mariners Mirror and Warship World
  • The Naval and Military Record 1886 to 1936, available on microfilm
  • Indexed cuttings and other ephemera


  • Extensive collection of photographs of naval vessels
  • Selected portraits of prominent naval officers, and photographs of other naval subjects

Email or call 01752 305900 for more information.