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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

The Triumph of Britannia

26 April 2019
By Katherine Gazzard, Collaborative Doctoral Partnership student with RMG, National Portrait Gallery and University of East Anglia.   

NMM Lighting

25 April 2019

Following significant investment to the museum, state of the art production equipment has been installed in Neptune Court at the National Maritime Museum.

HMS Hood ca.1928

24 April 2019

An interesting item from MSS/84/047, a midshipman’s journal kept by Lieutenant Peter Reginald George Worth DSC, RN, from his time aboard HMS Hood, prior to the outbreak of war in 1939.

19 April 2019
The best of astronomy this month: Catch the Eta Aquariid meteor shower on the 6th/7th of May. By Patricia Skelton, Astronomy Education Officer (Details given are for London...

Annie Scott Dill Maunder (née Russell) by Lafayette 1931 © National Portrait Gallery, London (tile).jpg

13 April 2019

Working in astronomy has always been a challenge for women but somehow they’ve managed to contribute in their own way, whether it’s observing directly themselves or recording and analysing data from other astronomers. Others contributed by writing popular books and developing education materials to share the subject with others. Their work has long been overshadowed by their male counterparts but in this blog I’d like to focus on one particular female astronomer who worked here at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, during the 1890s and whose story really encapsulates the struggles faced by women in astronomy at the time.

Lieutenant's logs

10 April 2019

Here in the Caird Library and Archive we are often asked about Royal Naval records relating either to specific individuals, events or ships. Most of the surviving records generated by the Navy during its long history are held by the National Archives at Kew. One set of records we hold on deposit here at Greenwich however are logs written by Royal Naval Lieutenants during the period of 1673-1809.


8 April 2019

A rare and marvellous guest will be coming to Greenwich on Friday 12 April 2019

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5 April 2019

Seaspeak is a project conceived and created by 2018 NMM Musician in Residence Joe Danks. It has seen him create an artistic, musical response to the National Maritime Museum's vast collection in the form of a 10 song album. This project has been a collaboration between The National Maritime Museum, The English Folk Dance and Song Society and Help Musicians UK.

Title page of The Bogus Surveyor

3 April 2019

“If, by repeated efforts, you find the index [of the theodolite] will not return to zero after taking a round of angles…unscrew the instrument from its tripod and replace it in the box, close the lid firmly, then gently roll the box one hundred yards or so down the hill side…”