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Night sky highlights - March 2018

13 February 2018

The best of astronomy this month: Look for Venus around sunset throughout March.

The East Indiaman 'Princess Royal' (BHC3564)

13 February 2018

James Creassy’s journal (Item ID: JOD/304) is over 300 pages long and written in perfectly legible handwriting – a rare find for material from 1777! He does not say why he is travelling to Bengal, but records in detail the entertaining, dramatic and sometimes rather distressing events that take place during the journey.

The Mercy

7 February 2018

The Mercy starring Colin Firth portrays Donald Crowhurst's tragic attempt to sail around the world single-handedly in the first race of its kind. Maritime specialist Jeremy Michell sheds light on the perils of sailing alone, the progress of yacht racing, and the importance of remembering failure.

Inuit spearfishing for salmon.

6 February 2018

For February’s item of the month I have chosen JOD/133 a logbook written by T.F. Miller, the gunner on the whaling ship ‘Erik’ which records a voyage undertaken in 1876 from Dundee to the Davis Strait and Baffin Bay between Canada and Greenland.

5 February 2018

The Greenwich Time Signal (also known as "the pips") was used by many BBC Radio stations between 1924 and 1990.

The Queen's House at night with fireworks

31 January 2018

Like all four-hundred-year-old sites, the Queen’s House has had a complicated history. As a public institution, we are committed to sharing stories that are often overlooked or hidden. In honour of LGBT History Month, we wanted to share two of these stories.

Martin Parr Seagull.jpg

31 January 2018

Open 23 March–30 September, The Great British Seaside is a major exhibition exploring Britain's relationship with the seaside through the lenses of the nation's best loved photographers. Discover the lives and careers of Martin Parr, Tony Ray-Jones, David Hurn, and Simon Roberts and hear in their own words what draws them to the seaside.

M63 Star Streams and the Sunflower Galaxy © Oleg Bryzgalov.jpg

24 January 2018

The Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition received over 3800 entries from around 80 countries in 2017. Astronomer and judge Marek Kukula draws out the scientific and personal stories from five of his favourites.

Night sky highlights – February 2018

24 January 2018

The best of astronomy this month: watch the Moon pass by Jupiter, Mars, Antares and Saturn.

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24 January 2018

“At sea if you were visited by other sailors and the ship wasn’t in tip top condition you are going to get talked about. It has to be perfect, and the same standards are expected here”