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17 March 2017

Shortly after midnight on 15th February 1870, a new and unknown cargo ship sailed out of London on her maiden voyage. Bound for China, no one could have guessed that that ship - Cutty Sark - would one day be the sole surviving extreme clipper ship in the world. 

16 March 2017

Archives Assistant Harriet Braine explores a collection of letters between John Short and Ella Ambrose, a couple who fell in love in 1931. Although they were separated after only a short time together, they continued getting to know one another through these letters.

16 March 2017

Wife is the seventh post in our series exploring the many fascinating identities Emma Hamilton held throughout her life. It explores Emma's marriage to Sir William Hamilton, a marriage which defied the social conventions and snobberies of the age. 

14 March 2017

As a young woman Emma Hamilton was one of the era’s most celebrated beauties, enchanting aristocrats and artists alike. But how did other women fare in this age of pressure to conform to ideals of feminine beauty? Ahead of her lecture at the Museum this week, historian Emily Brand investigates.

13 March 2017

As ships go, Cutty Sark is the ultimate survivor. Having faced problems at sea and fire on land, it has become stronger as a result of all the things that didn't quite go according to plan. So, when we were looking for a venue for our rather alternative wedding plans, there really was no other contender.

10 March 2017

Celebrate Women's History Month by filling the gaps in our collection and placing women back in the narrative. Alice Wroe from Herstory tells us more. 

8 March 2017

For Women's History Month we're looking at the vital role women played in the history of science and the very existence of our Observatory. On International Women's Day, we look at Britain's first paid female astronomer. 

3 March 2017

Performer is the sixth post in our series exploring the many fascinating identities Emma Hamilton held throughout her life. It explores Emma's remarkable new artform that captivated Europe - the 'Attitudes'. 

2 March 2017

Over Women's History Month we'll be sharing the stories of amazing women who've made essential contributions to our observatory. 

2 March 2017

Collections Storage Assistant Alex Strachan provides a behind the scenes look at how objects containing hazardous mercury are stored safely when not on display.

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