The Friends of HMS Conway was formed in 1996 to preserve the memory of the training school ship HMS Conway through the acquisition, maintenance and display of artefacts and memorabilia connected with the ship and the later shore establishment.

Our first task was to establish the wonderful memorial chapel and museum  in the Scriptorium in Birkenhead Priory, overlooking the ship’s old mooring in the Sloyne at Rock Ferry on the Mersey. Since then we have transformed the building with a number of impressive “stained glass” memorial windows and the ship’s original Memorial and Honours Boards. We have also completed numerous projects around the UK to preserve the good name of HMS Conway, the most recent being the installation of a memorial window on Bangor Pier covering the ship’s time there.

If you are close to Merseyside and could spare some time to get actively involved please Contact Us.  To become a Subscriber click here.

Capt Derrick Kemp (Old Botha), Chairman, The Friends of HMS Conway


Work on the memorial is progressing apace all the design work is complete and we are now waiting on planning permission.  The memorial will be  dedicated by the Marquis of Anglesey on Sunday 20th October, and you, your family and friends are invited to join us for the event. Details are here. 40 people have already booked so please don’t leave it took long to book, especially if you want to stay in the Bulkeley Hotel or join the informal dinner on Sat 19th.

A very big thank you to everyone who has donated to the appeal. We had almost reached our target when the National Trust announced that they could no longer install the window for us. They were doing it free of charge so we now face some additional costs of about £1,000 for a private contractor to do the work. If you have not yet made a donation there is still time and the form is here.