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.

26 October 2016

Imagine setting sail, looking back and seeing the land sink into the sea as you pass the horizon. Imagine the size of the sky above you, the depth of the sea below, the smallness of your ship in the vastness of the world.

26 October 2016

We're busy getting ready for the opening of our major Emma Hamilton: Seduction and Celebrity exhibition on 3 November. Paintings Conservator, Sarah Maisey, has been preparing one mysterious portrait for display. We go behind the scenes of her work. 

26 October 2016

Come and take a look at our new display of archive and library material outside the Caird Library, examining the role of P&O’s art and design in the cultures of the British Empire and Commonwealth.

25 October 2016

In these podcasts Royal Observatory Greenwich astronomer Radmila asks our visiting astrophysicists and space scientists about their career background, why they became an astrophysicist, why we should care about science and which unsolved mystery keeps them up at night. 

21 October 2016

In her day Emma Hamilton was one of the most recognisable faces in Europe. Though subsequent events have relegated her simply to the role of Nelson's mistress, our new exhibition seeks to explore their true relationship. 

20 October 2016

Debris from the famous Halley's Comet are to thank for one of the year's most reliable meteor showers.  

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.