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Coronavirus reopening

Visitor notice: Royal Museums Greenwich will be closed from Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December in line with government guidelines. If you have booked a ticket for this period please contact out more

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A formal photographic portrait of Lina, Lady Arbuthnot in mourning dress (Battle of Jutland war widows)

6 November 2020

How did lives change for families of the men who lost their lives at the Battle of Jutland? What support could 'war widows' draw on, and how did they cope financially and emotionally? Curator Jeremy Michell delves into the National Maritime Museum archives to learn more.

Five aircraft studies: a Bristol Fighter and four (in pencil) of flying boats (PAF0757)

4 November 2020

Mark Benson from the Caird Archive and Library explores the logbook of Captain Albert James Enstone - a pilot with the Royal Naval Air Service during the First World War.

'Invincible and Inflexible steaming out of Port Stanley in Chase' the start of the Battle of the Falkland Islands, 8 December 1914_tile.jpg

4 November 2020

At 11pm on 4 August 1914 the Admiralty sent the signal ‘Commence Hostilities with Germany’ and the Royal Navy’s part in the First World War began.

Night sky highlights - November 2020

27 October 2020

Discover what to see in the night sky in November 2020 including two meteor showers and the conjunction of Saturn and the Moon.

12 October 2020
By Selena Carty - BlackPoppyRose  World War I and World War II impacted the entire planet.  Yet every year, not all the narratives are represented. Regiments and battalions...

Night sky highlights - October 2020

26 September 2020
Discover what to see in the night sky in October 2020 including a selection of planets, and two meteor showers. By Patricia Skelton, Astronomy Education Officer, with...

A record of 104 library boxes supplied to steamships at Tilbury during 1891-92..jpg

21 September 2020

In this blog we take a look at a handwritten diary by the clergy of the St Andrew’s Waterside Church Mission between 1887-1905. While seamen have faced many dangers and uncertainties at sea, mission societies such as St Andrew’s have supported and cared for their welfare through religious services and the provision of books - both at sea and on land.

The front cover of the 1894 edition of Cookery for Seamen

11 September 2020

In this blog we highlight a little cookery book which provides a glimpse into the types of meals eaten at sea in the last years of Queen Victoria’s reign and which also reflects the change in status of ships’ cooks.

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10 September 2020

While Mars may be the planet that springs to mind when there are discussions of possible alien life in our Solar System, a publication on the discovery of a rare gas (phosphine) in Venus’ atmosphere may mean that there is more than one planet that possesses the potential for life.

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8 September 2020

Our team at The Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre were so influenced by this years Heritage Open Days theme of ‘Hidden Nature’ that they used it as inspiration for the creation of a new community garden.