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.

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.)

22 December 2016

What was the Christmas Star? Over the years many astronomical explanations have been suggested.

21 December 2016

What links Bond author Ian Fleming, a Norwegian spy on 'a night out in town' and a smuggled Christmas tree? (brought into the country we're told 'at some discomfort')

20 December 2016

Did you know the December solstice occurs at the same time for everyone on Earth? 

20 December 2016

Librarian Penny Allen looks at the human tragedy of Franklin's final and fatal expedition, and what we can know of the heroic men who were lost.

20 December 2016

In this festive guest blog, researcher Sarah Penny uncovers some memorable historical Christmas celebrations on board Royal Navy ships. 

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. 

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