100 years of the Women’s Royal Naval Service at Greenwich.

Those wonderful buildings at the Old royal Naval College were home to me.    Back in the early 1980s, I was there for three months on the Lieutenants’ Greenwich Course.  We had all our meals at long tables running the length of the fabulous Painted Hall, parties in the Cellars and a ball amidst the colonnades.  And, in later years, I returned regularly as a naval barrister for conferences and formal dinners as the College was also the base of the Chief Naval Judge Advocate.

This year the College is commemorating all those women who trained and worked there since the First World War – hundreds of black high heels pattered over the stonework.   I was honoured to provide some of my own memories and images.

The free exhibition is now on: exploring the huge breadth of roles undertaken by women.  It has been a long journey from basic administration roles to commanding ships at sea.

The WRNS was a microcosm of the increasing emancipation of women in broader society during the century.  We are making progress but not there yet!

Details for visitors:

The Visitor Centre,
Old Royal Naval College,

Opening Dates & Times:

Friday 7 July to Sunday 3 December 2017; Daily, 10am to 5pm

Entry free


Penny Melville-Brown OBE

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