Museum blog

Time Ball out of service

Due to adverse weather conditions the Royal Observatory’s Time Ball will not operate this weekend.

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

Night sky highlights - July 2019

28 June 2019

Find out what you can see in the night sky tonight, from a partial lunar eclipse on 16 July to the Delta Aquiariid meteor shower at the end of the month.


25 June 2019

In the Armada Portrait, Elizabeth I is adorned with multiple strings of pearls, sumptuous velvets, silk ribbons and gold embossed designs. It is a painting packed with symbolic meaning - and Renaissance bling!

The funeral ceremony of Nelson in St. Paul’s Cathedral at the moment when Sir Isaac Heard, Garter Principal King at Arms, gave his oration

12 June 2019

In this blog we recall how the nation bid farewell to Nelson and look at the life of the Garter King of Arms, Sir Isaac Heard (1730-1822), who organized the procession and ceremony.

Richard Parker, President of the Delegates in the Mutiny at the Nore-PRIMARY IMAGE.jpg

7 June 2019

Richard Parker was sentenced to death for his role in the 1797 Nore Mutiny - but was he a ringleader or a scapegoat?

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5 June 2019

On 6th June 1944 the largest amphibious invasion of the Second World War took place. The invasion of Normandy, or D-Day as it is popularly remembered, was an immense undertaking. 

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4 June 2019

The Sea Maidens is a medium-sized oil painting (818 x 1428 mm) by Evelyn De Morgan (1855-1919), completed in 1886. It is hung in the Queen’s House, below a portrait of Queen Victoria (1842) by Franz Xaver Winterhalter, courtesy of the de Morgan Foundation.

Night sky highlights - June 2019

30 May 2019
The best of astronomy this month:  Jupiter makes a grand return to the evening sky. By Patricia Skelton, Astronomy Education Officer (Details given are for London and may...

Captain Markham's most northerly encampment (BHC0640)

28 May 2019

The Caird Library holds many stories from those who made journeys to the poles. 

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24 May 2019

The turn of the eighteenth century may appear an odd place for polite letters of women to be of much significance to the Royal Navy. Along with the eruption of revolutionary violence in France, the spectre of Napoleon cast a shadow over Europe.Yet, in the early 1800s, the correspondence between mothers and wives to John Markham, on the Admiralty Board, reveals the surprising role these women played in attempting to secure their family’s survival.

In the condemned cell - ILN 22/03/1873

13 May 2019

Stories of crimes and their perpetuators seem to have had a renaissance in the public consciousness over the last few years. However, this societal fascination in sensational malefactors can be observed far earlier. Indeed, several instances of this can be found within the Caird Library’s rare book collection, including several editions of the Ordinary of Newgate’s Accounts