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 outlines the museum's collection of printed books, manuscripts and artefacts relating to music and the sea.

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A chronology of the Royal Hospital School including references to girls who attended the school 1805–41.

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The National Maritime Museum has a number of useful guides to help you explore maritime history, including guides on the marine environment and the relationship between music and the sea.

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This guide gives a brief biography of Vice Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson and outlines sources for research at the National Maritime Museum, and additional pointers for other useful resources.

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This guide outlines basic sources for studying the life and achievements of James Cook. It details resources available at the National Maritime Museum and elsewhere.

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An introduction to the charts, maps and atlases held at the National Maritime Museum.

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This guide is a brief introduction to the museum's collection of manuscript and printed hydrography (charts), cartography (maps), written sailing directions, originally known as 'portolans', and pilot books. 

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This guide outlines the Atlas Collection of bound volumes of charts, maps and sailing directions held by the Hydrography Section of the Museum.

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This guide investigates the history of the mighty Spanish Armada the significance of its defeat by an English fleet in 1588 to sixteenth century Europe.

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This guide will help you research famous explorers, navigators and hydrographers. It gives a brief account of their voyages and lists some of the material related to them held by the National Maritime Museum.

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