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Gallery favourites online
The National Maritime Museum is pleased to offer a selection of recordings from our popular Gallery Favourites programme of talks. Each day around the Museum, our visitor assistants tell stories of some of the curious or intriguing objects in the galleries.
Hear stories like that of the timekeeper that disappeared with the Bounty mutineers for 19 years; of the hot-tempered Captain who fought at Trafalgar, and the fate of his ship, the fighting Téméraire; and of the strange new creatures of the deep, brought back by the HMS Challenger expedition of 1872–76.
The Gallery Favourites talks can also be heard as part of the On the Line monthly podcasts.
Ann Stamper narrates the extraordinary life of Jeffrey Hudson, companion of a queen, Civil War exile, duelist, and later, Barbary Corsairs captive.
Tony Dobson tells the curious story of K2, the timekeeper that disappeared with the mutineers from the Bounty for 19 years.
Ann Stamper tells the story of the hot-tempered Captain Harvey who fought at Trafalgar, and the fate of his ship, the fighting Téméraire.
Cara O'Keeffe narrates the career of artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler, who in 1871 published darkly realistic etchings of the Thames.
Ann Stamper talks about Nelson's undress jacket worn at the Battle of Trafalgar, 1805.
Roger Hart tells the story of the clocks built between 1735-59 by John Harrison to solve the longitude problem.
Maria-Antonietta Sorrentino tells of the mysterious disappearance of the Franklin expedition in the Arctic in 1845.
Tony Dobson narrates the history of the Royal Observatory's Time Ball, and of why it was made.
Bill Allan tells the story of the Barbary pirates and the often short and brutal existence of their captives.
Simon Nosworthy relates the extraordinary story of Caroline Herschel, discover of comets and nebulae in 18th century England.
Karran Danks tells the tragic tale of 16-year-old Jack Cornwell, who became one of the youngest people to win the Victoria Cross.
Robert Bidder tells of the too-brief career of the WWII war artist Eric Ravilious, and of his dream-like drawings of life on board submarines.
Karran Danks describes the strange new creatures of the deep, brought back by the HMS Challenger expedition of 1872–76.
David Baxter relates the history of the Suez Canal and Britain's involvement in the Suez Canal crisis of 1956.
Thomas Heal unfolds the story of Britain, tea and the opium trade in the 18th century, and the mission of the first British envoy to China.