Press releases

Browse all the latest press releases from the National Maritime Museum, Royal Observatory Greenwich, Cutty Sark and Queen's House below.

Publish date: 4 April 2019

To celebrate 50 years since NASA’s Apollo 11 mission landed the first humans on the Moon, the National Maritime Museum (NMM) stages The Moon, the UK’s biggest exhibition dedicated to Earth’s nearest celestial neighbour – opening on 19 July 2019. 

Publish date: 1 February 2019

The world’s only surviving tea-clipper; the Cutty Sark celebrates turning 150 this year.  The iconic, historic sailing ship and fastest of its time is now an award-winning visitor attraction in Greenwich, London. The 1st February 2019 marks the start of a year-long programme of events and celebrations that will be taking place at the Cutty Sark, starting from marking the anniversary of the signing of the contact to commence the build on 1st Feb to its launch on 22 November 1869 to the ship’s first official voyage on 16 February 1870. On its first voyage, Cutty Sark carried ‘large amounts of wine, spirits and beer’, and came back from Shanghai loaded with 1.3 million pounds of tea. 

Publish date: 30 January 2019

30 January 2019 - The Director, Royal Museums Greenwich, Dr Kevin Fewster AM has announced his retirement from the Museum, after more than a decade in the role

Publish date: 8 January 2019

The Royal Observatory Greenwich, in association with Insight Investment and BBC Sky at Night Magazine, announces the dates for the Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2019 (IIAPY) competition – its annual global search for the most beautiful and magnificent visions of the cosmos, whether they are striking pictures of vast galaxies millions of light years away, or dramatic images of the night sky much closer to home. 

Publish date: 24 October 2018

American photographer Brad Goldpaint has beaten thousands of amateur and professional photographers from around the globe to win the Royal Observatory Greenwich’s title of Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2018. As well as securing the £10,000 top prize, his image takes pride of place in the exhibition of winning photographs opening at the National Maritime Museum on 24 October 2018. 

Publish date: 3 October 2018

The Queen’s House, Greenwich has unveiled a major new installation by internationally acclaimed British artist, Mat Collishaw. The specially commissioned work, The Mask of Youth, responds directly to one of the most important paintings in the Museum’s collection, the iconic and powerful Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I. 

Publish date: 20 September 2018

On 20 September 2018, Royal Museums Greenwich (RMG) will open four new permanent galleries following a major £12.6M redevelopment project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) through The National Lottery (4.6M). With over 1,100 objects going on display, the galleries based in the National Maritime Museum (NMM) will bring the theme of exploration alive, giving visitors unprecedented access to its world-class collections and responding to the public’s growing fascination with Britain’s maritime heritage. 

Publish date: 25 July 2018

National Geographic Pledges $500,000 Toward Effort Supported by James Cameron and Dr. Robert Ballard, Discoverer of the Titanic WreckNational Geographic Pledges $500,000 Toward Effort Supported by James Cameron and Dr. Robert Ballard, Discoverer of the Titanic Wreck

Publish date: 24 June 2018

The Royal Observatory Greenwich (ROG), the historic home of time and space, has installed a new state of the art telescope, named after Annie Maunder, one of the first female scientists ever to work at the ROG. The Annie Maunder Astrographic Telescope (AMAT) is the first new telescope to be installed in Greenwich in over 60 years, marking a new era for the world-famous site and restoring its status as a working Observatory. 

Publish date: 26 April 2018

Royal Museums Greenwich (RMG) with the help of Art Fund has announced a new major acquisition by American artist Kehinde Wiley. The acquisition, Ship of Fools (2017), unveiled on Thursday 26 April at the Queen’s House in Greenwich, is the first work by Kehinde Wiley to enter a public collection in the United Kingdom.