The Caird Library

The Museum's Caird Library is a comprehensive specialist reference library and a rich research resource for all.

The Library is open Monday to Friday, 10.00–16.45, and on Saturdays 10.00–13.00 and 14.00–16.45.

2 November 2015-31 January 2016: During this period, the Library will only be open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. This temporary alteration to opening hours is to enable staff to work on collections at offsite stores in preparation for a move to a new storage and conservation facility being built during 2016. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

To request items to view in the Library, please register with our library ordering system Aeon.

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Crew Lists of the British Merchant Navy 1915

Crew Lists of the British Merchant Navy 1915

For the first time ever, all the surviving crew lists of the British Merchant Navy from the year 1915 have been transcribed and made available to search online for free. Find seafaring relatives and loved ones in our database of around 39,000 crew lists. Search now

Staff publications

Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude catalogue
Accompanying our major new exhibition, this publication explores the history of the Longitude problem, the people involved and how its...
Turner and the Sea catalogue
This beautifully illustrated book brings together many of Turner’s most celebrated seascapes, from his transformative Academy paintings of...


Research areas and projects

Hogarth, Detail from A Rake's progress
A major new AHRC-funded five-year research project on the British Board of Longitude, led by Professor Simon Schaffer and Dr Richard Dunn.
John Speed map detail
The Centre supports research on the Museum's imperial and maritime collections, and seeks to engage a wider audience...

Fellowships and internships

The Museum has a long-running Research Fellowship programme covering maritime history and other disciplines exploring the cultural, social and political aspects of maritime history. New fellowships are advertised in September/October each year. 

Staff profiles