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JAE/7 watercolour

28 September 2018

Malta, rich in history, is visited by millions of tourists every year, myself included. Famous for its home of the Knights of Saint John, records of Malta’s history can be found as far back as the Neolithic period. No matter where you turn on the island you run into a historical building. One such building often mentioned in the manuscripts is Fort St Angelo. 

Night sky highlights - October 2018

24 September 2018
The best of astronomy this month: Catch a few meteors from the Orionids meteor shower on 21st-22nd October. By Dhara Patel, Astronomy Education Officer (Details given are for...

Captain Death, bravely resisting the Vengeance

7 September 2018

When browsing the shelves in the library you occasionally come across a title or name that makes you want to investigate further. One such title that stood out for me was an account of the unusually named Captain William Death and his final voyage as commander of the Terrible privateer operating from London during the Seven Years War.


6 September 2018

Explore four epic new galleries and discover the remarkable objects and stories held within.


20 August 2018

On August 23rd 2017, International Slavery Remembrance Day, hundreds of people walked from the gates of the National Maritime Museum, past the Old Royal Naval College and the statue of King George II to face the river Thames. They stood together in remembrance of the families separated, people displaced and the millions of lives lost as a result of the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

Night sky highlights - September 2018

16 August 2018

The best of astronomy this month: Watch the Moon pass Venus, Jupiter and Antares over the evenings of the 12th-15th September.

Great Britain's Coasting Pilot

15 August 2018

At the recent Caird Library Open Day it was great to welcome more than 400 people to look at some of the fascinating items we have in the library and archive collections. Two of the items on display were a volume of Navy Board In Letters and Orders and an edition of Great Britain’s Coasting Pilot by Greenville Collins both from the latter part of the 17th Century. We discovered recently that these two items have a very interesting link. 


10 August 2018

Every day at the Queen’s House is like a fashion show, every portrait on display is dressed to impress. When you are surrounded by the likes of Elizabeth I, Henry VIII or James I, it’s important to look your best. Luckily, the curatorial team is on hand to help. We have put together a handy list of the 16th century’s must-have fashion items to keep you looking on trend in the presence of their majesties.

View of the Naval Gallery in the Painted Hall, Greenwich Hospital

25 July 2018

Whilst cataloguing a collection of papers from the early 19th century, relating to the Royal Hospital for Seamen at Greenwich, I came across a printed address dated 23 October 1823, written by the Hospital’s secretary, Edward Hawke Locker, to its Directors. 

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24 July 2018

The Queen’s House, once known as the House of Delights, was built as a place for enjoyment, frivolity and rip-roaring parties dating back to the 1630s. However do not be mistaken in thinking that the wild days of the Queen’s House are in the past.