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.

2 February 2016

Our archives are full of amazing stories of love and loss. With Valentine's Day fast approaching, Tracey Weller looks at some of our touching love letters.

1 February 2016

Archivist, Mike Bevan, looks at the diary kept by Henry Teonge (1621-1690). Is it ‘the most important description of seagoing life in the seventeenth century’?

21 January 2016

A recent visit to the Wellcome Institute has got us thinking about what attracts people to our Caird Library.

8 January 2016

Library Assistant Jean Lindsey has been looking through our amazing journal collection. From planets to paddleboats you're bound to find something of interest.

30 October 2015

Going to sea is a dangerous business. Ahead of our Halloween event Voyage of the Damned, we’re looking at some of the more gruesome tales that can be found in our archive. Today we look at what happened to the famous explorer Captain Cook.

13 October 2015

For Ada Lovelace Day we look at the women behind the myth, and ask if she is a true champion of female scientists. 

4 October 2015

Going to sea is a dangerous business. Ahead of our Halloween event Voyage of the Damned we're looking at some of the more gruesome tales that can be found in our archive.

15 September 2015
September's Item of the Month has just been published...and it is about a significant discovery in the National Maritime Museum archive!! Tracey interviews Dr Georgie Wemyss...
17 August 2015

George Peacock was a little-known yet indefatigable inventor and naval officer, born in 1805 at Navy House in Exmouth, Devon.

28 July 2015
Have you ever wondered why sailors were called ‘Jack Tar’? It’s thought to be because of the tarpaulins they wore. A tarpaulin was a type of canvas which contained tar to...

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