Museum blog

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

The tweed, after converted to sail

19 March 2019

With 2019 marking the 150th birthday of the Cutty Sark, discover the story behind one of its ancestors. What part did The Tweed, an illustrious vessel in its own right, play in the Cutty Sark becoming the fastest ship of her time?

Night sky highlights - April 2019

18 March 2019
The best of astronomy this month:  Catch the peak of the Lyrids meteor shower in the early hours of 23 April. By Patricia Skelton, Astronomy Education Officer (Details given...

Textile Volunteer Packing Project

15 March 2019

Collections Storage Officer Alex Strachan and Textile Conservator Nora Meller give an insight into the work carried out with volunteers to prepare stored collections ready for relocation to the Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre

NMM_Queens House Ceremony 2.jpg

14 March 2019

Organising events at Royal Museums Greenwich means working at not just one but five world famous heritage venues, all nestled within a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Each venue has its own particular identity, its own unique selling point and of course its own challenges. But what are the benefits of a unique venue?

‘Trotsky’ the bear being transferred to HMS Ajax from HMS Emperor of India in 1921

1 March 2019

There is a long history of animals and seafarers coming together at sea. Seamen often kept cats and dogs as pets or ship’s mascots, but more exotic companions such as parrots, bears and monkeys also joined the crew. Horses, mules and even elephants were transported across the sea to be used in battle, while cattle, pigs, goats and chickens on board provided a source of fresh milk, eggs and meat.

A view of Greenwich Hospital from the river (BHC1829)

11 February 2019

The Caird Library and Archive has hundreds of manuscripts and printed works related to Greenwich Hospital, but only one substantial collection of papers of a naval officer from his time as Treasurer of the Hospital.

Night sky highlights - March 2019

8 February 2019
The best of astronomy this month: By Patricia Skelton, Astronomy Education Officer (Details given are for London and may vary for other parts of the UK).

All Over Dressed

8 February 2019

2019 will see the Cutty Sark celebrate her 150th Birthday. Traditionally, during periods of celebration, ships are dressed overall by stringing international signal flags from masthead to masthead as a form of decoration. Following this tradition the Cutty Sark have commissioned a series of new signal flags to dress the ship in her 150th year.

Night sky highlights - February 2019

28 January 2019
The best of astronomy this month: By Patricia Skelton, Astronomy Education Officer (Details given are for London and may vary for other parts of the UK).

Chinon, Window to the Galaxy © John White, shortlisted for The Sir Patrick Moore Prize for Best Newcomer, Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2017.jpg

26 January 2019

The Insight Investment 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.

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