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Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle gets new home at the National Maritime Museum

The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich announced that thanks to the generosity of many individuals, the fundraising appeal to buy Yinka Shonibare, MBE’s sculpture Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle for the National Maritime Museum and ensure it remains on permanent display has been a success.

Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle, Art Fund

he campaign was launched by the Art Fund and the National Maritime Museum at the end of 2011 and successfully raised £362,500 to enable the National Maritime Museum to acquire and permanently display Yinka Shonibare, MBE’s much-loved sculpture. As Stephen Deuchar, Director of the Art Fund, commented, “It is not an easy environment in which to run a campaign but the campaign’s success is testimony to the popularity of Yinka’s work and to the continued generosity of the many enlightened individuals upon whom the charitable sector depends.”

The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich is the perfect place for the work which is a scaled down replica of HMS Victory, the ship captained by Nelson. Thanks to the success of the campaign the work will now have a permanent new home outside the recently opened Sammy Ofer Wing and will be on view in time for the Museum’s 75th anniversary on 25 April. Yinka Shonibare, MBE “I am absolutely delighted and touched by the public’s generosity. It is testimony to the importance of keeping Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle in the country. The piece was whole heartedly embraced by the public while at Trafalgar Square and I am glad that the same affection for the work will continue at Greenwich.” –

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