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Guest blog: Nick Butterworth on the creation of Q Pootle 5

Q Pootle 5 is a friendly little alien who first appeared in the best-selling books by award-winning children’s author and illustrator Nick Butterworth. They will be landing at the Royal Observatory on Tuesday 26 July for a special Q Pootle 5 themed morning packed full of fun! Ahead of this he discusses his inspiration behind the series and explains how Q Pootle 5 was transformed for screen.

Behind the scenes

Ever wondered how a priceless painting is restored or how a major exhibition comes together? In this section you can go behind the scenes and get an insight into how we manage and conserve our collections and read blogs by some of the experts at the Royal Observatory, Cutty Sark, National Maritime Museum, Caird Library and the Queen's House.

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Join us to discover the world's most epic exploration stories, from the sea to the stars. Come behind the scenes and discovre highlights from the National Maritime Museum, Royal Observatory, Cutty Sark, Queen's House and London's Planetarium.

Museum blog

Read our blog to get the lowdown from our experts and go behind the scenes at Royal Museums Greenwich.

Royal Observatory: school resources overview

Video resources Enjoy our videos featuring a wide range of scientific and astonomical subjects. Get involved Blogs, podcasts, prizes and more for teachers and students with the Royal... School resources Get your backstage pass to meet our astrologers on video and in real life Classroom Resources ...

Samuel Pepys season

Immerse yourself in the the National Maritime Museum's special exhibition 'Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution' and the accompanying events season exploring one of the most vibrant periods of our history.


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.