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: 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.  

Publish date: 13 April 2018

From 13 April 2018, works by celebrated British contemporary artist Mat Collishaw will go on display in the Queen’s House in Greenwich. Hanging alongside the iconic Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I, the exhibition focuses on Collishaw’s photographic Insecticide series (2006-2014), and marks the first phase of the artist’s works to be presented in the Queen’s Presence Chamber. The second phase, a new commission in response to the Armada Portrait, will be revealed in September 2018.   

Publish date: 9 January 2018

On 23 March the National Maritime Museum (NMM) opens a major photography exhibition celebrating the nation’s love affair with the seaside. Featuring over 100 works by four of Britain’s most celebrated photographers – Martin Parr, Tony Ray-Jones, David Hurn and Simon Roberts – the exhibition explores our changing relationship with the seaside over the last six decades.        

Publish date: 21 November 2017

Records covering over 100 years of admissions to the Dreadnought Seamen’s Hospital have become accessible online today, following the completion of an ‘e-volunteer’ project, involving over 100 volunteers from all around the world, run in partnership with the National Maritime Museum and Ancestry. The admission registers, covering the period 1826-1930, have been transcribed to create 220,000 new digital records featuring information on seafarers from across the world, including a large number of Indian and Asian seamen, as well as patients from other walks of life. Conditions recorded vary from injuries sustained in combat, to disease outbreaks such as beri-beri, scurvy and cholera. 

Publish date: 3 May 2017

From 14 July, the National Maritime Museum (NMM) will host a major exhibition, developed by the Canadian Museum of History (CMH) in partnership with the NMM and Parks Canada, and in collaboration with the Government of Nunavut and the Inuit Heritage Trust, exploring the mysterious fate of Sir John Franklin and his crew on their final expedition – a mystery that still remains unsolved today.