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Dead Men’s Medals – Halloween Voyage of the Damned

What is in a medal? We think about these small, round, usually two-sided objects as military orders, awards, or prizes, but most medals have a commemorative function. They aim to honour a person, celebrate or mark an event for posterity.  Some commemorate the dead, and, among them, the medals produced…

Crew Lists of the British Merchant Navy 1915 – new online database

Tuesday 30 June 2015 – we’re very pleased to announce the launch today of Crew Lists of the British Merchant Navy – 1915, a collaborative project between the National Maritime Museum and the National Archives highlighting the contribution of the Merchant Navy in the First World War. For the first…

Models of Remembrance

Now we’re in the centenary of the First World War, and with the recent anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, it emphasised how much of a role physical objects play in constructing our interpretation of events now lost to living memory. Not just in an historical factual sense, but in…

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….

Ships de luxe: design and the Mauretania, Lusitania and Aquitania

Today’s guest blog was written by Anne Massey, Professor of Design at Middlesex University. She explores the role of design and designers on board  three ships; the Mauretania, Lusitania and Aquitania. She’ll be talking at our Maritime Lecture Series on 21 May.  These three splendid Cunard ships played important roles during the…