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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.

Stormy weather at sea.jpg

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.  

M31 Andromeda Galaxy by Mark Forbes.jpg

18 October 2018
The best of astronomy this month: By Dhara Patel, Astronomy Education Officer (Details given are for London and may vary for other parts of the UK).

Mat Collishaw and Mask of Youth.jpg

3 October 2018

Read an interview with artist Mat Collishaw. He reveals the process of making the Mask of Youth, an animatronic portrait of Queen Elizabeth I.    

JAE/7 watercolour

28 September 2018

Malta, rich in history, is visited by millions of tourists every year, myself included. Famous for its home of the Knights of Saint John, records of Malta’s history can be found as far back as the Neolithic period. No matter where you turn on the island you run into a historical building. One such building often mentioned in the manuscripts is Fort St Angelo. 

Night sky highlights - October 2018

24 September 2018
The best of astronomy this month: Catch a few meteors from the Orionids meteor shower on 21st-22nd October. By Dhara Patel, Astronomy Education Officer (Details given are for...

Captain Death, bravely resisting the Vengeance

7 September 2018

When browsing the shelves in the library you occasionally come across a title or name that makes you want to investigate further. One such title that stood out for me was an account of the unusually named Captain William Death and his final voyage as commander of the Terrible privateer operating from London during the Seven Years War.


6 September 2018

Explore four epic new galleries and discover the remarkable objects and stories held within.


20 August 2018

On August 23rd 2017, International Slavery Remembrance Day, hundreds of people walked from the gates of the National Maritime Museum, past the Old Royal Naval College and the statue of King George II to face the river Thames. They stood together in remembrance of the families separated, people displaced and the millions of lives lost as a result of the Transatlantic Slave Trade.