Research guides

Search the range of research guides produced by the Caird Library at the National Maritime Museum to help you carry out your own research on a wide range of topics. The guides provide information about the Museum's collections and also signpost to other sources for research into maritime history. 

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The National Maritime Museum and Library have interesting material and many books relating to the central administration of the Navy.

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This guide outlines the National Maritime Museum's resources for researching ships of the Royal Navy.

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This guide lists some of the Museum's books, manuscripts and plans that will help you research the Spithead and Nore Mutinies of 1797.

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This guide outlines the history of the ship HMS King George V, and the National Maritime Museum’s resources relating to this ship.

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An introduction to the National Maritime Museum's research guides on the Royal Navy and how you can use the resources available to explore its history.

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This guide outlines the main sources for researching the activities of merchant ships and their crews during the Second World War, 1939 to 1945.

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This guide provides a brief introduction to the Handy Shipping Guide, published between 1887 and 1988.

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This guide outlines the history of ship registration in Britain, from the mid 17th century until 1857, when the official Mercantile Navy List was first published. 

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This guide should be used in conjunction with Research Guides C1 and C2 and gives further details of records in the National Maritime Museum relating to merchant seamen.

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This guide gives details of crew agreements for British-registered merchant ships, crew lists or muster-rolls and official ships' logs.

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