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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!

9 November 2017

Lying on its side within the historic Greenwich Park is Queen Elizabeth's Oak. Myths and legends surround the tree as thoroughly as the foliage which now covers it. We can only imagine what it has seen in its long past...

9 November 2017

We’re very pleased to announce the launch of the Dreadnought Seamen’s Hospital online resource. As part of a collaborative project, a team of e-volunteers have generously devoted their spare time to transcribing details from records held at the National Maritime Museum. The Dreadnought Seamen's Hospital Admissions and Discharges, 1826-1930 can now be searched and viewed on the Ancestry family history website.

3 November 2017

"When you’re orbiting Earth, you no longer see countries, you see land. It makes you think globally." We interviewed NASA astronaut Scott Kelly