Museum blog

Great Equatorial Telescope closure

On 22, 25–26, 29 August and 1–2 Sept we'll be holding special Venus observing sessions with the Great Equatorial Telescope, which will close at 3.15pm to other visitors. See Venus through the iconic Telescope

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.

23 August 2016

On International Slavery Remembrance Day, we look at the role London played in the transatlantic slave trade.

23 August 2016

On International Slavery Remembrance Day our curator, Aaron Jaffer, remembers those forced to take their own lives during the horrific 'Middle Passage'. 

20 August 2016

On 23 August Steve Martin will join us to mark International Slavery Remembrance Day. He talks to us about his Greenwich Tour, Black Sailors and Scribes, looking at the lives of African sailors and their impact on Greenwich. 

19 August 2016

Craig Hollander, from The College of New Jersey, asks how should we commemorate International Slavery Remembrance Day on 23 August. 

15 August 2016

Need a little help getting the hang of Rio's layout? Pieter van der Merwe comes to the rescue with a beautiful 19th-century panorama and chart of the area. 

4 August 2016

Ahead of our Pirate Takeover, Curator of Naval History, James Davey, shares examples of real pirates who were far more characterful than those of fiction. 

2 August 2016

As we prepare for our Family Pirate Takeover, Curator of Art, Melanie Vandenbrouck has been looking at playful portrayals of pirates in our collection.

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

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.

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.