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.

12 February 2016

This Valentine's Day our curator, Kristian Martin, looks at the notorious sex life of the famous diarist Samuel Pepys.

4 February 2016

The groundbreaking Principia Mathematica, Newton's breakdown and how to win at dice. Rebekah Higgitt (University of Kent) talks to us about the links between Samuel Pepys and Isaac Newton.

3 February 2016

"This is a hugely exciting project. The Queen’s House is one of the most important buildings in Britain and it is an enormous privilege to play a small part in its history." Richard Wright, artist.

29 January 2016

30 January 1649 was a day like no other. Early that winter’s morning, a large crowd of men, women and children assembled in the ‘open street before Whitehall’ in anticipation of an unprecedented event that would shake the nation to its very core.

22 January 2016

Our Assistant Curator of Ship Models, Nick Ball, looks at the story of the shipwrecked Thetis. What can it tell us about the Navy's role in protecting trade around the globe?

15 January 2016

On this date – 15 January – in 1815, Emma Hamilton died in poverty in Calais. So much more than Nelson's mistress, who was this amazing woman?

22 December 2015

Pepys was fascinated with the latest inventions and instruments. Richard Dunn, Senior Curator for the History of Science, tells us more. 

18 December 2015

Curator of the Royal Observatory, Louise Devoy, looks at Pepys's links to our site here in Greenwich.

18 December 2015

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. 

14 December 2015

What links Samuel Pepys to Isaac Newton's 'Principia Mathmatica' and Robert Hooke's 'Micrographia'? Katherine Harrington, from the Royal Society, tells us more.