Museum blog

Lift closure

We're making improvements. From 7 to 28 May there will be no lift access to Flamsteed House or the Time and Longitude gallery. The Meridian Line and Gallery will still be accessible via wheelchair. Find out more about accessibility at Royal Museums Greenwich

 

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25 June 2018

The first modern, research-grade telescopes have just been installed at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, making the institution a working observatory once again after 60 years. Marek Kukula, Brendan Owens and Tom Kerss explain what this will mean for them, researchers, and the public.

'Captain Teach commonly call'd Black Beard'

22 June 2018

The Caird Library has a new display featuring archive and library items connected with crimes and criminals at sea.

Jonathan Hulls

13 June 2018

Traditionally, Jonathan Hulls had often been credited as the first person to conduct practical experiments involving steam-powered vessels. Why then, is his work not remembered?

Map showing the proposed Dock Yard at Grassy Bay, Bermuda, in 1811.

7 June 2018

Lured by the promise of pink sandy beaches and turquoise-blue seas, millions of tourists visit Bermuda every year. Collaborative Doctoral Student Anna McKay examines the difficulties faced by officials in acquiring labourers to work on the site during the nineteenth century.

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31 May 2018

Thousands of words have been written and innumerable photographs have been taken about people at the seaside. But do we ever stop to consider exactly whose stories and experiences get told, and whose get left out? This popular cultural Top 10 provides a different take on the fringes of our 'island story', highlighting the connections and disconnections between the seaside and Britain’s diverse ethnic communities.

Night sky highlights – June 2018

30 May 2018

The best of astronomy this month: Catch Saturn at opposition on the 27th June.

Oil Tanker

30 May 2018

This item of the month is a 1970s journal kept by the merchant navy’s first female navigating cadet, 18 year old Nina Baker on board British Petroleum (BP) Tanker Vessel British Willow. Nina’s journal influenced me to explore women’s developing role in the merchant navy during the second half of the 20th Century and beyond.

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29 May 2018

Follow us on a journey to learn how the famous explorer, Robert Falcon Scott’s ski overshoes were prepared for display in the new Polar Worlds gallery.

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24 May 2018
By Pieter van der Merwe

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22 May 2018

Publishing company Bamforth and Co. depicted the seaside in bright, often lewd postcards. Their cartoonish images became part of the quintessentially British experience, exploring the ridiculous side of the seaside and pushing humour to the limit of acceptability. The company made numerous court appearances during the 1950s - but how do we view these images today?

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