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Gallery Closure

The Astronomy Centre microgallery exhibition Hubble Vision will close on the 13 May. This gallery will be closed until the new exhibition Marvellous Moons, opens on 25 May. Access to the Planetarium will be via an alternative route. Book Your Tickets Today

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

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13 April 2019

Working in astronomy has always been a challenge for women but somehow they’ve managed to contribute in their own way, whether it’s observing directly themselves or recording and analysing data from other astronomers. Others contributed by writing popular books and developing education materials to share the subject with others. Their work has long been overshadowed by their male counterparts but in this blog I’d like to focus on one particular female astronomer who worked here at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, during the 1890s and whose story really encapsulates the struggles faced by women in astronomy at the time.

Lieutenant's logs

10 April 2019

Here in the Caird Library and Archive we are often asked about Royal Naval records relating either to specific individuals, events or ships. Most of the surviving records generated by the Navy during its long history are held by the National Archives at Kew. One set of records we hold on deposit here at Greenwich however are logs written by Royal Naval Lieutenants during the period of 1673-1809.

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8 April 2019

A rare and marvellous guest will be coming to Greenwich on Friday 12 April 2019

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5 April 2019

Seaspeak is a project conceived and created by 2018 NMM Musician in Residence Joe Danks. It has seen him create an artistic, musical response to the National Maritime Museum's vast collection in the form of a 10 song album. This project has been a collaboration between The National Maritime Museum, The English Folk Dance and Song Society and Help Musicians UK.

Title page of The Bogus Surveyor

3 April 2019

“If, by repeated efforts, you find the index [of the theodolite] will not return to zero after taking a round of angles…unscrew the instrument from its tripod and replace it in the box, close the lid firmly, then gently roll the box one hundred yards or so down the hill side…”  

Marlag 'O' Feb '44 S.W. Corner of Naval Officers Prison Camp, Westertincke, Germany, in winter

26 March 2019

JOD/332 is a log kept by Captain Stanley Algar while a Prisoner of War at the Milag Nord camp near Bremen. However, the diary is not all it seems, while I was expecting to read Stanley Algar’s story of his capture and the gruelling day to day life in the camp, what it contained was quite different.

Tarbat Ness Light

26 March 2019

Were the lighthouse keepers on Flannan Island swept away? Or did something darker take place that night? 

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25 March 2019

In 2016 The National Museum of Women in the Arts asked the question ‘Can you name five women artists?’ This question kick started a global hashtag, leading people to share and champion the work of female artists. We are focusing a spotlight on five women artists whose work is on display at Royal Museums Greenwich. 

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22 March 2019

Susan Derges unpacks the symbolism within the Armada Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I in her new works. 

The tweed, after converted to sail

19 March 2019

With 2019 marking the 150th birthday of the Cutty Sark, discover the story behind one of its ancestors. What part did The Tweed, an illustrious vessel in its own right, play in the Cutty Sark becoming the fastest ship of her time?

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