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. 

This information sheet explains how to use the microfilm copies of Lloyd's Captains's Registers held by the National Maritime Museum's Caird Library. 

This guide is an introduction to the indexes for Lloyd's List and how to use them.

This guide provides information about Lloyd’s Register of Shipping as an aid to research. The National Maritime Museum’s Library has copies dating from 1764 to date.

The Lloyd’s Register Foundation (LRF) Plans and Survey Reports Collection, which has been on loan to the National Maritime Museum for some 50 years, were returned to the LRF in late 2017.  The Foundation thanks the National Maritime Museum for being custodians of this important and unique collection for such a long period of time. The Collection has been returned to the LRF so that it may be opened up for further research commencing with the first three year phase of Project Undaunted. Whilst this takes place, the Collection will be unavailable for research until January 2019. All enquiries concerning the Collection should be sent to: Barbara Jones, Curator of Maritime History & Heritage, email:   Visit the Heritage & Education Centre pages on the Foundation website at for more information concerning Project Undaunted and the work of the team.

The National Maritime Museum holds a wealth of information on the Lloyd's List, the newspaper that recorded shipping movements and incidents. Discover how it can be used to aid research.

This guide lists some of the books, manuscripts and images held by the Museum relating to pirates and privateers.

This guide outlines useful sources for research on women and the sea, chiefly at the National Maritime Museum but also The National Archives.

This guide is an introduction to the Museum's manuscript resources for researching impressment and press gangs.

This guide lists some of the extensive collection of publications held by the Museum relating to the contemporary marine environment.

This guide outlines the museum's collection of printed books, manuscripts and artefacts relating to animals and the sea.