Curriculum-linked learning resources designed to work in the classroom.
Painting of the famous pirate Blackbeard an original ‘pirate of the Caribbean’.
Image of blunderbuss an early version of a shotgun. Instead of firing one bullet it fired lots of pieces of lead called ‘shot’.
This film introduces the Board of Longitude and the 18th-century search for an accurate way of finding longitude at sea. The papers in the Board's archive record scientific endeavour, fateful voyages, bitter feuds and lifetimes of commitment to a common cause.
This is the final film in the series and tells the story of how the Nautical Almanac was produced thanks to work of a band of human computers. This publication helped sailors find their position at sea.
The Board of Longitude sent astronomers on voyages of exploration to test methods of navigation and help make better maps. This is the second film of the series and looks at some of the techniques they used to make maps and introduces the story of William Gooch, a young astronomer who met an untimely end.
A bottle was found in 1840 by divers trying to salvage valuable items from the 100-gun warship Royal George that rolled over and sank while being repaired outside Portsmouth In 1782.
Image of brass knuckles also called knuckle dusters. Pirates would wear them while fighting to make their punches even more dangerous and protect their hands.
Image of the breeches buoy which was invented to help save people from shipwrecks.
Image of a newspaper detailing the execution of the ‘Flowery Land Pirates’ in 1864. These men lead a mutiny on a merchant ship called the Flowery Land.
A golden Buddha statue from Tibet collected by Ida Flower, an adventurer and explorer from the 1920s.