Museum blog

Planetarium closures

Visitor notice: Between 21 - 23 of April the scheduled 'Phantom of the Universe' planetarium show will be replaced by the 'Final Frontier' show in all the advertised slots.  See what's on and choose your next space adventure

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

6 September 2017

Regular readers may be familiar with the Lloyd’s Register Survey Reports; a collection of detailed surveys on ships’ materials and construction, used by underwriters and others in the shipping industry for reliable information on these vessels. What you may not be aware of, is that this collection has been on loan to the National Maritime Museum for some 50 years.

5 September 2017

We know a lot about Sir John Franklin. By the time he led the expedition to the Arctic in 1845, he was a household name, a naval hero and one of the Navy’s leading magnetic scientists. But what of the other 128 men who died on this fatal expedition? What do we know about them? Jeremy Michell investigates the life of the ship's cook, John Diggle. 

5 September 2017

When you don’t live by the sea, it’s easy to think that the issues faced by fishermen don’t affect you.

4 September 2017

We discover the 8 stages of 'life' of an item, buried under the ice for over 100 years and now on display in the Death in the ice exhibition at London's National Maritime Museum.

1 September 2017

Meet the judges of 2017's Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year and find out what makes a winning photo.

30 August 2017

This month, have a look for Venus, Regulus, the Moon, Mars and Mercury appearing to line up. (Details given are for London and may vary for other parts of the UK).

18 August 2017

Join artist Jo Atherton on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd September 2017 at the Cutty Sark to weave a shoal of flotsam fish, using materials which would otherwise threaten marine life. 

17 August 2017

Textile Conservator Nora Meller reflects on her two weeks at the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Textile Conservation studio in spring 

16 August 2017

On International Slavery Remembrance Day our curator, Aaron Jaffer, remembers those forced to take their own lives during the horrific 'Middle Passage'. 

16 August 2017

Journals written by seamen can provide a rich source of information about life onboard both naval and merchant ships, and also provide a glimpse into how those seamen viewed the people and places they visited.