Research and collections

Find out more about research, colllections and the Caird Library and Archive at Royal Musems Greenwich.




Research lies at the heart of everything we do at Royal Museums Greenwich (which comprises the National Maritime Museum, the Queen's House, the Royal Observatory and Cutty Sark). Together, our collections and sites provide an understanding of British and global histories that few institutions in this country or anywhere else could hope to match. We are a portal into more than 500 years of maritime life, scientific enquiry and artistic achievement, and the human stories that our research unlocks are correspondingly diverse.

As a member of the Independent Research Organisation Consortium, we have a long-standing reputation for research excellence. This is built on the expertise of our staff, our fellowship programmes, and wide-ranging collaborations with universities across the UK. At the same time, as a museum, we support the broadest definition of research and its value, and the most inclusive approach to its participants - from world-leading academics to communities, school groups and family historians. Whether through our Caird Library and Archive, the Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre or our digital facilities, our research resources are there for everyone to use and enjoy.

The role of research at RMG is therefore to support and facilitate the widest and most creative engagement with our collections and guiding themes, and continually to allow new voices and perspectives to bring fresh insight and relevance to the great resources in our care. 

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