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 will help you research people and voyages involved in Arctic and Antarctic explorations, using the National Maritime Museum considerable collections.

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How to access source material on famous explorers, navigators and hydrographers including polar explorers.

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This guide gives a brief outline of flags in the National Maritime Museum, followed by a list of historic foreign flags, which form a splendid part of the collection.

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A brief introduction to the main books and sources of information that will help you research various types of flag.

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A brief introduction to uniforms in the Museum collection, intended to help costume researchers and anyone interested in the period.

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This brief guide gives a bibliography of books held in the Library and other sources of information relating to maritime medals.

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Part of the Museum's collection of more than 6,000 commemoratives and gallantry awards, this guide lists 1848 General Service Medals held by the Museum.

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This guide outlines the careers of the holders of the Victoria Cross held in the Museum's collection.

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An introduction to the uniforms, medals and awards held at the National Maritime Museum, including records on holders of the Victoria Cross.

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The National Maritime Museum holds a wide range of material relating to black and Asian sailors.

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