Portraying Polar Worlds: Experience and Imagination

This year's Winter lecture will explore our fascination with the Polar regions, and how they are imagined by those who have never visited them. We'll also look at fictional representations of Franklin's expedition, and how we can talk about a experience where we're unsure about what really happened to Franklin and his crew.

To discuss this topic we'll be joined by a panel of speakers, including:

Members' Painted Hall Ceiling Tour

Royal Museums Greenwich Members will be visiting our neighbours at the Old Royal Naval College. We'll be climbing the scaffolding to get a closer view of the ceiling in the Painted Hall.

Please be aware that this event will involve ascending and descending 67 stairs, and is not suitable for any Members under the age of 6. We ask for you to wear sensible footwear and to not bring large bags to this event.

Members’ Late: Death in the ice

Exclusively for Members, explore the fate of Franklin and his crew after the museum has closed.

Plus, we’re extending your Members’ shop discount to 20%, so the perfect opportunity to get started on your Christmas shopping.

Not already a Member?

Join today for a host of exclusive benefits and events, including unlimited free entry to Cutty Sark, the Royal Observatory, shows at the Peter Harrison Planetarium, and special exhibitions at the National Maritime Museum.

Join the adventure today.

Conserving the Armada Portrait

Join Elizabeth Hamilton-Eddy, our Senior Painting Conservator, as she discusses restoring the Armada Portrait, newly acquired by the Museum.

After this we invite you to enjoy a complimentary drink at a reception in the Queen’s House, and you’ll have an opportunity to see the portrait rehung in the space.

Introduction to family history research

Interested to find out more about your family history but not sure where to start? This session will show you how to register at the Caird Library, and get the most out of our resources for your research. There will be a presentation by our librarian Penny Allen with a focus on Merchant Navy records, and a chance for you to see examples of crew lists and Master’s certificates from the archives.

After the session, you will get the opportunity to conduct your own research using the library computers. Our experienced staff will be on hand to offer further assistance between 2-4pm.

Members’ tours of the Queen's House

We invite you to these trial tours of the Queen’s House, hosted by one of our knowledgeable Visitor Experience Team. Learn about the house, and its numerous inhabitants, from Queens to refugees and its place in the landscape of Greenwich.

Please note that the tours at 11am on Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 August, as well as the 2pm tour on Thursday 24 August, have now sold out.

Recommended age: 7+

Members’ tour of the Royal Observatory

Meet our guide for this free tour of the historical Royal Observatory. This is your chance to see the home of GMT, John Harrison’s revolutionary timepieces and one of the largest telescopes on the world, the Great Equatorial Telescope.

Please note that the tour on 11 November has very limited availability.

Not already a Member?

Join today for a host of exclusive benefits and events, including unlimited free entry to Cutty Sark, the Royal Observatory, shows at the Peter Harrison Planetarium, and special exhibitions at the National Maritime Museum.

Insight Astronomy Photography of the Year Members' Private View

Join us at our exclusive Members’ Private Views of Insight Astronomy Photography of the Year.

We’ll also be inviting judges and expert Royal Observatory astronomers to discuss this year’s entries and how some of these spectacular images were captured.

There are two times to attend the Private View. Each time slot will include an opportunity to view the images and hear from our experts.  

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