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. 

The National Maritime Museum and Library have interesting material and many books relating to the central administration of the Navy.

This guide outlines the National Maritime Museum's resources for researching ships of the Royal Navy.

This guide lists some of the Museum's books, manuscripts and plans that will help you research the Spithead and Nore Mutinies of 1797.

This guide outlines the history of the ship HMS King George V, and the National Maritime Museum’s resources relating to this ship.

An introduction to the National Maritime Museum's research guides on the Royal Navy and how you can use the resources available to explore its history.

This guide outlines the main sources for researching the activities of merchant ships and their crews during the Second World War, 1939 to 1945.

This guide provides a brief introduction to the Handy Shipping Guide, published between 1887 and 1988.

This guide outlines the history of ship registration in Britain, from the mid 17th century until 1857, when the official Mercantile Navy List was first published. 

This guide should be used in conjunction with Research Guides C1 and C2 and gives further details of records in the National Maritime Museum relating to merchant seamen.

This guide gives details of crew agreements for British-registered merchant ships, crew lists or muster-rolls and official ships' logs.