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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.

Research guides

Search the range of research guides produced by the Caird Library at the National Maritime Museum to help you carry out your own research on a wide range of topics. The guides provide information about the Museum's collections and also signpost to other sources for research into maritime 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.

Research guide A2: Principal records for maritime research at the National Maritime Museum

This research guide is a brief introduction to the main records held by the National Maritime Museum, which has the most comprehensive maritime library in the world. It contains over 100,000 printed books dating from 1474 to the present day, 20,000 pamphlets, 4500 periodicals, 500 current maritime/naval history titles, specialist journals, microforms and a selection of CD-ROMS.

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This Wifi network is provided to you free of charge to use onsite at Royal Museums Greenwich. Please use the network responsibly and with consideration for all others.

Exhibitions and events

Caird Library Research Seminars

Join us for a series of research seminars convened by the Greenwich Maritime Centre and the National Maritime Museum.

Exhibitions and events

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...