Museum blog

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

Drawing by A. J. Enstone

27 March 2018

Looking back 100 years into the creation of the Royal Air Force through the words of the pilots.

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23 March 2018

In preparation of the opening of our exciting new galleries, textile conservator Nicky Yates talks us through her treatment of Lieutenant Alfred Parr’s leather over suit, worn on his Arctic Expedition to the North Pole.

Night sky highlights – April 2018

19 March 2018

The best of astronomy this month: Look for the Moon beside Mars and Saturn in the early morning of 7th and 8th April.

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14 March 2018

Reflecting on the new blockbuster Black Panther, Sacha Coward explores the film’s relevance to the National Maritime Museum, a museum whose collections and themes are closely tied to the British Empire.

H.M.S. Theseus (PAF1833)

8 March 2018

From 2014 the archives department has been focusing on cataloguing World War One manuscripts. In October 2017 while cataloguing, I came across the diary of a man who wrote only so his children would have something first hand from their father rather than just what they read in the news.


7 March 2018

Political Agent is the eighth post in our series exploring the many fascinating identities Emma Hamilton held throughout her life. It explores Emma's extraordinary political influence during her time in Naples.

Catharine Dowman

6 March 2018

There are few influential female figures in Cutty Sark’s story but one notable character is Catharine Dowman, née Courtauld.

Photograph from the Admiralty Compass Observatory Collection (ACO) ACO/S&T/16/4

20 February 2018

Discover records relating to the Women’s Royal Naval Service in this new Caird Library and Archive display, February - June 2018. 

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20 February 2018

What can the back of a painting tell us? Paintings conservator Lucy Odlin sheds some light on the often overlooked underside of Tudor masterpieces.

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16 February 2018

Cleaning and consolidation of a 19th century mask from Vanuatu, Melanesia