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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This guide is an introduction to papers relating to the World War Two held by the National Maritime Museum, with regard to personal papers and single documents.

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This guide provides an introduction to the official record of Operation Dynamo, the mass evacuation of British troops from France in 1940 during the Second World War.

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An introduction to the World War Two documents held at the National Maritime Museum, including those relating to Dunkirk.

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This guide lists the shipping companies whose records, or part-records, are held by the National Maritime Collection. These are mainly business records and do not cover operations, voyages or passenger lists.

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This guide is a brief introduction to the Honourable East India Company and material relating to it held by the National Maritime Museum.

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Guides to exploring shipping company records, including material relating to the Honourable East India Company.

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This guide outlines basic information about how to research specific passengers on ships.

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This guide lists some of the National Maritime Museum’s photographic material (original photos, or photographs of plans, pictures or models) showing ships that have sailed to Australia and New Zealand.

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How you can use the National Maritime Museum's collections to search for passengers who emigrated to America, New Zealand and Australia.

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This guide gives a brief outline of the history of Lloyd's List, a newspaper reporting shipping movements and casualties, maritime news and other commercial information.

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