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The World's largest Ship Model in a Bottle?

The craft of putting ship models in bottles has both fascinated and puzzled people for years and when the new sculpture by Yinka Shonibare M.B.E. for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square was installed, the interest became front-page news.

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Models of War

Nick Ball, our Assistant Curator of Ship Models, gives a fascinating insight into some of the models within our collection. 

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Happy birthday to the telescope

This month is the telescope's 400th birthday. Well, sort of. We know that in September 1608 an optician called Hans Lipperhey announced that he had...

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Lifesaving: a cultural response

I was very pleased to have the opportunity recently, in one of the NMM's staff seminars, to share some of my researches...

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Telescope stories: enlightenment's sword

While looking into the history of the telescope, I've been struck by the number of images that, perhaps unsurprisingly, show it symbolically as an...

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1759: Britain's Annus Mirabilis

This year sees the 250th anniversary of Britain's Annus Mirabilis. In other words, and in case your Latin's a bit rusty, 1759 was the so-called ...