Our online archives

Many of the 2.5 million items in the various Royal Museums Greenwich collections have been digitised so you can explore them online.

Collections online

Explore the diversity of the Museum’s collections online relating to the sea, ships, astronomy and time.

Archive catalogue

The Museum's collection of manuscripts is the largest and most important dedicated archive for the study of maritime history in the world.

Library catalogue

The Library collection includes over 100,000 books, 20,000 pamphlets, 20,000 bound periodicals including 200 current titles and 8000 rare books.

Crew Lists 1915

Crew Lists of the British Merchant Navy – 1915 is a partnership project between the National Maritime Museum and The National Archives. For the first time ever, all the surviving Crew Lists of the British Merchant Navy from the year 1915 have been transcribed and the information made available to search online for free.


Discover the diverse maritime histories and cultures of the port cities of the UK.

Maritime Memorials

Maritime memorials features details of nearly 5000 church, cemetery and public memorials to seafarers and victims of maritime disasters.

The Flinders Papers

An insight into the explorer and chartmaker Matthew Flinders, the first-known European to circumnavigate Australia.

Historic photographs catalogue

The Royal Museums Greenwich Picture Library is the world's greatest source of historical maritime images, with collections covering trade and empire, navigation, war and astronomy.

Figureheads database

The figureheads database contains records of over 300 figureheads. The site is an image-based, national database of Royal Naval and merchant ship figureheads. Its aims are to record the whereabouts and history of all known figureheads, which are found throughout the UK, monitor their condition, assess their significance, and make the information widely and freely available.

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