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21 January 2020

As long as there have been military campaigns there has been espionage. Here we look at some examples of written intelligence from spies which can be found in the Caird Library and Archive. 

HMS Campeltown at St Nazaire

14 January 2020

This month we look into Archive and Library item ADL/Q/72, papers relating to the award of the Distinguished Service Cross to Lieutenant R.T.C. Worsley DSC, RNVR, for bravery while serving as a Gunnery Officer aboard MGB314, in March 1942 participating in ‘Operation Chariot’.


19 December 2019

When tucking into your Christmas lunch this year, spare a thought for how polar explorers of the heroic age celebrated Christmas.


18 December 2019

There are plenty of companies offering (very expensive) flights into space. But how close are we to true 'space tourism'?

Night sky highlights - January 2020

16 December 2019

Discover what to see in the sky during January 2020, including the Quadrantids meteor shower.

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12 December 2019

The personal diary of a Royal Navy commander’s wife offers a striking insight into the lives of the British ruling classes in 1920s India and Sri Lanka.

Night sky highlights - December 2019

2 December 2019

Discover what to see in the night sky during December 2019, including the Geminids meteor shower.

Boteler’s illustrations of the attacks on Ottoman vessels

22 November 2019

Among the manuscripts held by the Caird Library and Archive is a file containing Lieutenant John Harvey Boteler’s observations of the Battle of Navarino. However his account contains much more information than simple notes on his role.

HMS Polyphemus, September - December 1882

20 November 2019

HMS Thunder Child is one of the most famous fictitious warships in English literature.

Royal William Victualling Yard, Plymouth, from Mount Edgecombe with four figures in the foreground square

18 November 2019

Names like WH Fox Talbot, Calvert R. Jones and Nicolaas Henneman are not well known within a maritime photographic context.  These names are more familiar for their early pioneering photographic work using nature and architecture.