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 find a home for the memorabilia collected over the years, particularly the Memorial and Honours Boards from the original Conway Chapel at Plas Newydd. We were most fortunate to be granted the use of the Scriptorium in Birkenhead Priory, a 12th century building overlooking the River Mersey at Rock Ferry where the old ship used to lie and therefore an ideal resting place for items of Conway history. Since then we have transformed the building into a wonderful memorial chapel and museum including installation of a number of impressive “stained glass” memorial windows. Regular Events are held in the chapel. We have completed numerous major 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 moored there.
The links on this page show all we have acheived but click here to see my report to the AGM for the period 2016-17. Our work continues and of course the chapel must be maintained so I would like to solicit your support. If you are close to Merseyside and could spare some time to get actively involved please Contact Us. If you could to contribute to our project funds click here.
Capt Derrick Kemp (Old Botha),
Chairman, The Friends of HMS Conway