Museum blog

Read our blog to get the lowdown from our experts and go behind the scenes at Royal Museums Greenwich.

24 January 2017

Emma planned a paradise home for Nelson at Merton, but the dream was sadly short-lived. Stephen Benton, walking tour guide, tells us more and uncovers Merton's fascinating hidden history.

24 January 2017

Aliens visiting Earth is a recurring theme throughout our sci-fi planetarium screenings, often with dire consequences for our planet. Can the science of astrobiology shed any light on what their true motives would be? Lewis Dartnell reveals more. 

19 January 2017

There are many unique and memorable things about clipper ship Cutty Sark. Her name is just one. 

19 January 2017

There are many accounts of sea voyages and cruises amongst the collection of the Caird Library and Archive, but for this post I have chosen to highlight JOD/53; an account by John Hamilton of a voyage from Cardiff to Suez on board the ship Australian in 1896.

16 January 2017

 Charles Burns is an artist who specialises in silhouettes. Ahead of our Valentine's Day Seduction Late, he shares the history of this fascinating art form. 

15 January 2017

On 15 January 1815, Emma Hamilton died in poverty in Calais. So much more than Nelson's mistress, who was this amazing woman?

12 January 2017

In the first issue of Yachting World (April 1894), the editor introduces his new periodical which is aimed at those individuals engaged in the ‘great national sport of yachting – a sport at once healthy, noble, and pleasant’. He highlights that it will have ‘accounts and illustrations of Yachting Celebrities’ and will include a specific column for ‘the fair yachtswomen, who now constitute as numerous and important, as they have always been an attractive, class’.

6 January 2017

Seductress is the second in our series exploring the many fascinating identities Emma Hamilton held throughout her life. Few traces survive from these early years, but what evidence remains?

6 January 2017

In March 2016 I released a Call for Participation asking Royal Navy personnel to share their stories of shipboard entertainment. One naval theatrical tradition I wanted to learn more about was ‘Crossing the Line’.

3 January 2017

January’s highlights include the Quadrantid meteor shower and several planets. (Details given are for London and will vary for other parts of the UK.)