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.

22 July 2016

Marketing Volunteer Gina has been on a mission to learn the secret of Cutty Sark’s survival. Over the past few weeks, we have followed her behind the scenes as she visited Cutty Sark’s workshop. Now, she wants to know what Senior Shipkeeping Technician Piran Harte and his team have in store for Cutty Sark in the future.

21 July 2016

Last week we looked at the defeat of the Spanish Armada and Elizabeth I's famous Tilbury speech. Today we're exploring the legacy of these actions, focussed on the iconic Armada Portrait that you can help save for the nation

19 July 2016

Q Pootle 5 is a friendly little alien who first appeared in the best-selling books by award-winning children’s author and illustrator Nick Butterworth. They will be landing at the Royal Observatory on Tuesday 26 July for a special Q Pootle 5 themed morning packed full of fun! Ahead of this he discusses his inspiration behind the series and explains how Q Pootle 5 was transformed for screen.

15 July 2016

On the day of the recent Referendum result, we considered the long history of people fleeing persecution, famine and/or war. Journalist Dr Thembi Mutch outlines the discussion.

14 July 2016

Visiting Cutty Sark’s workshop with Senior Shipkeeping technician Piran Harte, Marketing Volunteer Gina got the opportunity to see some of the ongoing maintenance taking place. This week she got a sneaky peak into the process of maintaining the Capstan Bars. 

14 July 2016

Visiting Cutty Sark’s workshop with Senior Shipkeeping technician Piran Harte, Marketing Volunteer Gina got the opportunity to see some of the ongoing maintenance taking place. This week she got a sneaky peak into the process of maintaining the Capstan Bars. 

13 July 2016

Inspired by our Above and Beyond exhibition, our Library Assistant Sonia Bacca explores flying machines in our Caird Library and Archive.

13 July 2016

Last week we discussed the build up to the Spanish Armada, today we look at its arrival off the English coast and the most famous speech of Queen Elizabeth's reign.

9 July 2016

Today is the anniversary of the first Longitude Act, which gained royal assent 302 years ago on 9 July 1714. What was it and how did it affect our history here in Greenwich?

8 July 2016

On 22 July 1588 the Spanish Armada, a force of 130 ships and 18,000 men, left northern Spain and headed for the English Channel. Its objective was to rendezvous with a large army assembled in the Netherlands, commanded by the Duke of Parma.

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