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 October 2016

Death at sea was a danger for every seaman and for those who crewed a sailing ship the dangers were greatest. 

14 October 2016

October’s Item of the Month takes a look at an item from the Historical Records Collection, The Instrument of Surrender, relating to the surrender of Japanese Forces in Hong Kong in 1945.

14 October 2016

The crew of Cutty Sark’s thirteenth voyage numbered twenty three men in total which fell into the expected hierarchy of officers and men, those who give the orders and those who carry them out. 

7 October 2016

Maintenance on a clipper is an ever constant job. Rigging and sails take a lot of strain and need regular replacement but other areas also need attention, if less frequently. 

4 October 2016

The World's Fair of 1889 drew some 32 million visitors to see attractions including the newly-built Eiffel Tower. Our archives include the evocative account of Robert Arthur, one of the visitors to the exhibition, who, along with a party of friends, travelled to Paris on a barge named City of London.

4 October 2016

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

3 October 2016

Artist and writer John Kelly looks at how the ship’s log has long contributed to literature and the visual arts.

30 September 2016

The recent discovery of HMS Terror may shed new light on the much-debated fate of Franklin's final expedition. Our curators, Claire Warrior and Jeremy Michell, cover what we know of the story so far.

29 September 2016

Today is World Maritime Day and this year we're celebrating the critical link between shipping and global society. International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General, Kitack Lim, tells us more. 

28 September 2016

One unassuming print in our collection reveals a different perspective to the extraordinary celebrations that followed the Battle of the Glorious First June. Hazel Vidler, Ship Portrait volunteer, reveals more.

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