Museum blog

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

'Captain Teach commonly call'd Black Beard'

16 November 2018

Edward Thatch had built up a fearsome reputation as the most notorious pirate of the early 18th Century. Never heard of him? If you had lived in His Majesty’s colony of Virginia in 1718 you certainly would have. 

Night sky highlights - December 2018

15 November 2018
The best of astronomy this month: Catch a few meteors from the Geminids meteor shower on 13th-14th December. By Dhara Patel, Astronomy Education Officer (Details given are...

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13 November 2018

Artist Mat Collishaw talks about his Mask of Youth and reflects on the masks Elizabeth I wore all her life.

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8 November 2018

Author and historian Stephen Bourne shares stories of the African and Caribbean Royal and Merchant Navy personnel who served in the First World War. 

Sir George Biddell Airy (1801-92)

7 November 2018

Within the Caird Library’s collection of rare books is the personal library of the seventh Astronomer Royal, Sir George Biddell Airy. It features a plethora of scientific and astronomical research, as well as some of the Library’s most historically significant works such as Copernicus’s influential De revolutionibus orbium coelestium and Flamsteed’s controversial Historiae coelestis, which was published without his consent.

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6 November 2018

Photographic portrait miniatures inspired by 16th century works of art, on display in the Queen's House.

HMS 'Erebus' passing through the chain of bergs, 1842 (BHC3654)

31 October 2018

Ghost ships, sometimes also called phantom ships, are vessels with no living crew aboard. These may be real derelict ships found adrift with their crew missing, such as the 19th century HMS Resolute, or fictional and folkloric ones, like the apocryphal Octavius

Greenwich Observatory

31 October 2018

October’s Item of the Month looks at a practical astronomical work written by the husband and wife team of Walter and Annie Maunder.  The Maunders worked in the Solar Department of the Royal Observatory at Greenwich in the early 1890s.

The Charlotte Dundas

31 October 2018

The Caird Library’s display case has a new display featuring items which tell the story of early steam vessels.

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29 October 2018

For many of us, Halloween offers a chance to embrace our fascination with fear. But for the crew of Cutty Sark, every day of the year could hold deadly threat.  

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