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Conservation of a Royal Standard

One of the objects I have worked on during my time as a HLF ‘Skills for the future’ conservation intern at the National Maritime Museum has been a silk Royal Standard (post 1837). This object had sadly deteriorated to the point where it was difficult to see many of the…

The Lowest Heaven – a new sci-fi anthology featuring images from our collection

We’re very excited to announce that to coincide with the opening of Visions of the Universe – the upcoming exhibition at the National Maritime Museum – Pandemonium Press are publishing The Lowest Heaven, a new anthology of contemporary science fiction. Each story in The Lowest Heaven is themed around a…

The Conservation of the Glorious 1st June Flag, 1794

   Conservation,Flags   April 15, 2010  1 Comment

The flag has just returned to the National Maritime Museum following extensive conservation treatment on outside contract through a very generous grant made available to us. The flag was recently acquired by us on behalf of the nation and the grant enabled the conservation of the flag to proceed soon…

‘Don’t give up the ship’

In my job as Curator of Antiquities I have the great pleasure of looking after the Museum’s fascinating collection of flags. The museum’s collection includes part of an early US ensign, 1600.2 x 1676.4 mm in size. The fifteen star canton survives with two stripes still attached to it. Its…

Recent acquisitions
Command flag, Admiral of the Fleet, RN (before 1801) (AAA0730)

Command flag, Admiral of the Fleet, RN (before 1801) (AAA0730) The collections I look after, as the NMM’s Curator of Antiquities, include over 1000 flags. Amongst the most important, if not the most important is Earl Howe’s command flag at the Battle of the Glorious First of June, 1 June…