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8 December 2017

The rare book collection at the Caird Library holds numerous delights. One of our readers requested this book and it particularly caught my eye as it is written by an officer who began service in the Royal Navy as a young lad in the 1800s. 

4 December 2017

Contrary to popular belief, the Titanic disaster of 1912 was not Britain’s greatest loss of life at sea. The Lancastria disaster of 1940 is the most catastrophic loss recorded, see our following story of the event. 

4 December 2017

A Stuart Christmas would last for several months! They filled their time with lots of fun and games, how many do you recognise?

30 November 2017

Although Cutty Sark’s home port of registry was London throughout her career under the Red Ensign, it was in Dumbarton, Scotland that the ship was built by a young Scottish company called Scott & Linton. Once rigged in Greenock, the ship was never to return to her country of origin, but her Scottish owner John Willis chose a name inextricably linked with Scotland’s literary heritage.

20 November 2017

This month, have a look for the Geminids meteor shower and catch the last supermoon of 2017 

20 November 2017

380 prints, 186 books, 9 weeks and one question: how did the De Bry prints end up at the National Maritime Museum? Silvia Massa tackled this question during her research internship.

17 November 2017

Did you know that Cutty Sark was a Portuguese ship for longer than it was a British cargo ship? Here are our top ten facts about this record-breaking clipper.

16 November 2017

Over 450 years ago, Elizabeth I became queen of England. She reigned over a ‘Golden Age’, withstood moral criticism and became adept at image management and power dressing. Women in power today relate to her experiences. But can we claim a 16th century monarch as a feminist?

15 November 2017

Discover the conservation story of the Armada Portrait's restoration, from the early research to the finishing touches.

14 November 2017

One of my favourite things about being an Archives Assistant is that I am able to rummage around in the uncatalogued collections and rediscover items which were acquired for a specific and important reason or event, but have since lost prominence. With the centenary of the formation of the Women’s Royal Naval Service falling this year, I felt it was time some of our uncatalogued Wrens material received some attention!