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Ways of Seeing – Conference Response

Today’s guest post is by Damian Smith of RMIT University in Melbourne. He summarises and responds to  the fascinating series of papers at our ‘Ways of Seeing‘ conference. It was linked to our contemporary art exhibition Unseen: The Lives of Looking by Dryden Goodwin. The 2015 Ways of Seeing Conference, held on…

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…

Museum Club Maps

Museum Club is an after school club for primary school children held at the National Maritime Museum every week.  This term, the Club is focussing on the theme of mapping and we are researching the collections to find inspiration for making our own maps.  We visited the Caird Library to…

Chart wars: the invention of electronic sea charts and the battle to map the future of navigation

For hundreds of years, paper sea charts were an essential tool for marine navigation. The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office drew sea charts and saw itself as the guardian of the mariner’s safety. Paper charts were an internationally recognised legal document, so important that international law defined how charts should be…