Museum blog

Read our blog to get the lowdown from our experts and go behind the scenes at Royal Museums Greenwich.

8 March 2018

From 2014 the archives department has been focusing on cataloguing World War One manuscripts. In October 2017 while cataloguing, I came across the diary of a man who wrote only so his children would have something first hand from their father rather than just what they read in the news.

7 March 2018

Political Agent is the eighth post in our series exploring the many fascinating identities Emma Hamilton held throughout her life. It explores Emma's extraordinary political influence during her time in Naples.

6 March 2018

There are few influential female figures in Cutty Sark’s story but one notable character is Catharine Dowman, née Courtauld.

26 February 2018

The Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition has changed its entrants' lives in many ways: from the medical school drop-out who gained the confidence of his parents, to the parent who built his own observatory after becoming fascinated by his son's astronomy homework.

20 February 2018

Discover records relating to the Women’s Royal Naval Service in this new Caird Library and Archive display, February - June 2018. 

20 February 2018

What can the back of a painting tell us? Paintings conservator Lucy Odlin sheds some light on the often overlooked underside of Tudor masterpieces.

16 February 2018

Cleaning and consolidation of a 19th century mask from Vanuatu, Melanesia

13 February 2018

The best of astronomy this month: Look for Venus around sunset throughout March.

13 February 2018

James Creassy’s journal (Item ID: JOD/304) is over 300 pages long and written in perfectly legible handwriting – a rare find for material from 1777! He does not say why he is travelling to Bengal, but records in detail the entertaining, dramatic and sometimes rather distressing events that take place during the journey.

7 February 2018

The Mercy starring Colin Firth portrays Donald Crowhurst's tragic attempt to sail around the world single-handedly in the first race of its kind. Maritime specialist Jeremy Michell sheds light on the perils of sailing alone, the progress of yacht racing, and the importance of remembering failure.