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27 November 2018

A look at the life and achievements of Cutty Sark's designer Hercules Linton.

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22 November 2018

One of my recent cataloguing projects has been a collection of business records relating to Sir William Fraser, principal managing owner of several vessels in the service of the East India Company at the time of the Napoleonic Wars. The catalogued items all have the prefix FRS in the Archive Catalogue.

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20 November 2018

Read about the eventful history of the world's only surviving tea clipper as it approaches 150 years old.

Night sky highlights - December 2018

15 November 2018
The best of astronomy this month: Catch a few meteors from the Geminids meteor shower on 13th-14th December. By Dhara Patel, Astronomy Education Officer (Details given are...

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13 November 2018

Artist Mat Collishaw talks about his Mask of Youth and reflects on the masks Elizabeth I wore all her life.

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8 November 2018

Author and historian Stephen Bourne shares stories of the African and Caribbean Royal and Merchant Navy personnel who served in the First World War. 

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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

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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.

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