Join us for an evening talk by Ian Johnston, maritime historian and author, about how the Grand Fleet came into being with a focus on the Clydeside’s contribution to their construction. The Grand Fleet was the main fleet of the British Royal Navy during the First World War and took part in the biggest fleet action during the war – the Battle of Jutland – in June 1916.

This ‘Building the Grand Fleet’ talk is part of our RA250 events programme which celebrates the work of Royal Academicians including artist, William Lionel Wyllie RA. Wyllie’s painting of ‘The Grand Fleet leaving the Firth of Forth after the Armistice’ is currently on display in our Maritime Perspectives: Collecting Art of a Seafaring Nation exhibition.

Doors open at 6pm for an opportunity to view the Maritime Perspectives Exhibition and the talk starts at 7pm, lasting about an hour.


To purchase tickets click below or telephone 01294 278283.