Museum blog

Lift closure

We're making improvements. From 7 to 28 May there will be no lift access to Flamsteed House or the Time and Longitude gallery. The Meridian Line and Gallery will still be accessible via wheelchair. Find out more about accessibility at Royal Museums Greenwich


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22 May 2018

It will be five years this July that our team of Navy Board In-letters volunteers: Derek, Roger, Terry, David, John and Fred, have so far provided full page summaries to seventy-six of our volumes from the archive. This is over more than double what had been achieved only two years ago.

Lindsay’s ships. Painting in Swedish National Maritime Museum, Stockholm. Inv. number SM 20028.#

16 May 2018

In July 1988, the National Maritime Museum purchased the papers of William Schaw Lindsay. Comprising an extensive collection of journals, diaries, newspaper cuttings and correspondence, it covers the period throughout his life and relates mostly to matters nautical. The Caird Library is grateful for this guest-authored piece, written by Lindsay’s great-great-grandson, William Stewart Lindsay, who is researching his illustrious forebear.

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14 May 2018

Funny inflatables. Sandcastles and ice lollies. We usually associate the seaside with a place of fun and childhood nostalgia. But beneath the bright exterior lies a grimy underside of gang fighting and industrial decay. From Banksy to Dracula, discover how pop culture has explored the darker regions of British seaside life.

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11 May 2018

How to treat a rare 17th Century Dutch chart

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10 May 2018

Boteler was appointed Second Lieutenant of the Leven under Captain William Fitz-William Owen, and later First Lieutenant of the Barracouta. During a long surveying voyage between 1821 and 1826 to map parts of the coast of Africa which hadn’t been surveyed since the first wave of Portuguese explorers 300 years earlier, Boteler wrote a personal account of what he saw, and created many detailed and interesting drawings. This blog aims to show some of the highlights from this collection of drawings, which I had the pleasure of cataloguing last year alongside a manuscript copy of the account. 

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8 May 2018

In a world of bright deckchairs and beach huts, black and white photographs demand that we look at the seaside differently.

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8 May 2018

Grace Darling, born 1815, was one of the most celebrated figures of the nineteenth century. She lives on in the collections of RMG and in our broader national memory. 

Night sky highlights – May 2018

21 April 2018

The best of astronomy this month: Catch the Eta Aquariid meteor shower on the 6th/7th May. 

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.