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The Caird Library and Archive at the National Maritime Museum is an extremely rich resource for researchers to help with your study. Find out how to access our collections and get expert help.

Exhibitions and events

Caird Library & Archive Open Day

Join us in the Caird Library to view a selection of treasures from the world’s greatest maritime library and archive.

Explore our museum collections

The collections at Royal Museums Greenwich hold over 2.5 million items, including astronomical and navigational instruments, ship models and plans, coins, medals and flags, uniforms and weapons, plus historical art, film and photography.


If you would like to delve deeper into what's in our collections, find out how we look after them and learn about what our museum experts do behind the scenes, you'll find lots of fascinating and useful information in this section.

Caird Library and Archive

Visit the Caird Library and Archive at the National Maritime Museum and access the Museum's Library and Archive collection, the most extensive maritime reference resource in the world. Entry is free, you just need to register for a Reader’s Ticket.

School session

Archive adventures: Polar explorers

Stamping snow from his boots, here’s Tom Crean, hero of three trips to Antarctica led by famous explorers Scott and Shackleton.