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

Sir George Biddell Airy (1801-92)

7 November 2018

Within the Caird Library’s collection of rare books is the personal library of the seventh Astronomer Royal, Sir George Biddell Airy. It features a plethora of scientific and astronomical research, as well as some of the Library’s most historically significant works such as Copernicus’s influential De revolutionibus orbium coelestium and Flamsteed’s controversial Historiae coelestis, which was published without his consent.

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6 November 2018

Photographic portrait miniatures inspired by 16th century works of art, on display in the Queen's House.

HMS 'Erebus' passing through the chain of bergs, 1842 (BHC3654)

31 October 2018

Ghost ships, sometimes also called phantom ships, are vessels with no living crew aboard. These may be real derelict ships found adrift with their crew missing, such as the 19th century HMS Resolute, or fictional and folkloric ones, like the apocryphal Octavius

Greenwich Observatory

31 October 2018

October’s Item of the Month looks at a practical astronomical work written by the husband and wife team of Walter and Annie Maunder.  The Maunders worked in the Solar Department of the Royal Observatory at Greenwich in the early 1890s.

The Charlotte Dundas

31 October 2018

The Caird Library’s display case has a new display featuring items which tell the story of early steam vessels.

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29 October 2018

For many of us, Halloween offers a chance to embrace our fascination with fear. But for the crew of Cutty Sark, every day of the year could hold deadly threat.  

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18 October 2018
The best of astronomy this month: By Dhara Patel, Astronomy Education Officer (Details given are for London and may vary for other parts of the UK).

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3 October 2018

Read an interview with artist Mat Collishaw. He reveals the process of making the Mask of Youth, an animatronic portrait of Queen Elizabeth I.    

JAE/7 watercolour

28 September 2018

Malta, rich in history, is visited by millions of tourists every year, myself included. Famous for its home of the Knights of Saint John, records of Malta’s history can be found as far back as the Neolithic period. No matter where you turn on the island you run into a historical building. One such building often mentioned in the manuscripts is Fort St Angelo. 

Night sky highlights - October 2018

24 September 2018
The best of astronomy this month: Catch a few meteors from the Orionids meteor shower on 21st-22nd October. By Dhara Patel, Astronomy Education Officer (Details given are for...

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