Museum blog

Read our blog to get the lowdown from our experts and go behind the scenes at the Royal Observatory, Cutty Sark, National Maritime Museum, Caird Library and the Queen's House.

18 December 2016

Christmas was not especially marked on the ship when she was a working vessel. In the tea trade (1870-1877), Cutty Sark was often en route to China – usually somewhere between the equator and the southern tip of South Africa. 

16 December 2016

As an intern in paper conservation I had the great pleasure of working on a beautiful and interesting collection of late 19th-century Chinese pith paintings.

15 December 2016

The tumult surrounding the United States presidential election in November was reminiscent to a member of staff in the Library and Archive, of events described in the memoir of James Henry Crowe (numbered BGR/52 in the Manuscripts collection).

13 December 2016

Dr Geoff Wright, a local historian, looks at the role Emma Hamilton's mother played in her extraordinary life. 

12 December 2016

We are about to experience a celestial contest between the very bright full Moon ‘Supermoon’ and the annual Geminids meteor shower. Royal Observatory astronomer Brendan explains all.

9 December 2016

In the summer of 2011 an intriguing document came into the possession of His Royal Highness, Duke of Edinburgh, from Lord Ivor Mountbatten. Ascertaining that it had a relevance to the Battle of Jutland, the former passed it to the National Maritime Museum, which after some initial investigation formally acquired it a few months later.

7 December 2016

Emma Hamilton worked in and around Covent Garden for just a few years as a teenager, but this area had a profound effect on her future, and she played a role in the cultural, social and commercial life of this area of London. Thomas Ardill from the Museum of London tells us more.

6 December 2016

My name is Sabine van Vugt and I’m the Marketing Manager at Cutty Sark, where I’ve been working since the summer of 2014. I had moved to London from Amsterdam that January, and was delighted to be able to work at such a famous ship, known all over the world. 

6 December 2016

Emma Hamilton was an extraordinary woman who inhabited many identities throughout her life. In our new blog series, Emma Hamilton: Seduction and Celebrity curator Dr Quintin Colville explores them all. 

1 December 2016

Look Up! December 2016 Royal Observatory Astronomers Radmila and Dhara take you through what to see in the night sky during the month of December in our family friendly Look Up! podcast. 

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