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The British Empire blog
In this blog we uncover some of the stories which our archives can tell us of the dangers of working in the British Empire in the service of the East India Company.
Night sky highlights - May 2020
Discover what to see in the sky during May 2020, including the Eta Aquarids meteor shower.
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Table globes are truly beautiful objects, with historic representations of the Earth and stars captured in intricate detail. But take a look beneath the surface and the marvels get more mysterious...
Night sky highlights - April 2020
Discover what to see in the sky during April 2020, including the Lyrids meteor shower.
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Think you're struggling with social distancing? At least you haven't started singing to goats... Curator Jeremy Michell uncovers the remarkable real-life story of island isolation which inspired Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe.
Paddling as hard as one can! Peter Halkett's The Boat Cloak 1848
Library Assistant Shane McMurray reflects on his role and reveals what it’s like to work in the Caird Library.
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Archaeologists exploring the shipwrecks of HMS Erebus and Terror have recovered over 350 objects from the lost Franklin expedition. Senior Exhibitions Curator Dr Claire Warrior examines the vital new discoveries.
Night sky highlights - March 2020
Discover what to see in the sky during March 2020, including the full moon supermoon.
Two boats attempting to rescue survivors from a burning ship. By William Wyllie, 1904 (RMG ID: PAE0014)
In 1909, naval seaman Thomas Bouttell risked his own life to save a passenger who was fleeing a ship that was ablaze off the coast of Malta. For his bravery, he was awarded with the Royal Humane Society’s Stanhope Gold medal, which was donated to the National Maritime Museum some 60 years later. The accompanying certificate is part of the Caird Library’s manuscript collection (RMG ID: MSS/68/136).
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William Schaw Lindsay (or W.S. Lindsay) was British merchant and ship owner. He was a liberal MP for Tynemouth and North Shields, as well as Sunderland.Many of his papers and correspondences were purchased by the National Maritime Museum in 1988. The collection consists of nearly all of the papers Lindsay left to him family.