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Looking across the Atlantic in 18th-century maps

Today’s guest blog looks at two beautiful eighteenth century maps of America in our collection. In their own ways, each reflects how the territories of North America were viewed across the vast expanse of water that divided them from Britain. It was written by Emily Casey, a Doctoral Candidate in Art…

A book from the Bounty

The world’s greatest maritime archive is full of fascinating objects with amazing stories to tell. Today we’re looking at a book that was taken by the Bounty Mutineers in 1789.  The story of the mutiny aboard HMS Bounty on 28 April 1789, led by Master’s Mate Fletcher Christian, and the subsequent epic…

A pirate’s journal, Bounty book & a map of the world

We’re opening up the world’s greatest maritime archive on 27 June. Come see some amazing objects, including the journal of a bloodthirsty pirate and a book taken to Pitcairn Island by the Bounty Mutineers. A book from the Bounty Domestic Medicine : or, `A treatise on the prevention and cure of…

Revolutionising Anglo-American relations – The First World War at Sea

Today’s guest blog was written by Dr Richard Dunley from The National Archives. He joins our Maritime Lecture Series tomorrow to explore how the war at sea revolutionised Anglo-American relations between 1914 and 1917. Think about the First World War and images of mud, blood and trenches probably come to mind….

Photo of the Week – HMS Caroline

Emily from our photostudio has been looking at the ongoing work to digitize our amazing collection of ship plans. Often works of art in themselves, they also offer an incredible wealth of information.  The museum has a vast collection of ship plans that get digitized on a weekly basis by…