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Paddling as hard as one can! Peter Halkett's The Boat Cloak 1848

6 March 2020

Library Assistant Shane McMurray reflects on his role and reveals what it’s like to work in the Caird Library.

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21 February 2020

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

17 February 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)

6 February 2020

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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3 February 2020

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.


3 February 2020

In March 2016 I released a Call for Participation asking Royal Navy personnel to share their stories of shipboard entertainment. One naval theatrical tradition I wanted to learn more about was ‘Crossing the Line’.

Night sky highlights - February 2020

28 January 2020
Discover what to see in the sky during February 2020, including the Winter Hexagon. By Patricia Skelton, Astronomy Education Officer (Details given are for London and may...

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21 January 2020

As long as there have been military campaigns there has been espionage. Here we look at some examples of written intelligence from spies which can be found in the Caird Library and Archive. 

HMS Campeltown at St Nazaire

14 January 2020

This month we look into Archive and Library item ADL/Q/72, papers relating to the award of the Distinguished Service Cross to Lieutenant R.T.C. Worsley DSC, RNVR, for bravery while serving as a Gunnery Officer aboard MGB314, in March 1942 participating in ‘Operation Chariot’.


19 December 2019

When tucking into your Christmas lunch this year, spare a thought for how polar explorers of the heroic age celebrated Christmas.