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Photo of the Week – Louise Devoy

Today’s photo of the week is the staff profile picture of our Royal Observatory Curator, Louise Devoy, created with a little 1920s inspiration. The Royal Observatory Greenwich is regularly used as a setting for staff members profile photos, with many having their photo taken in the Great Equatorial Dome. Louise…

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…

Photo of the Week – Eclipse of the Sun

Emily from our Photo Studio has been looking at some amazing 1919 glass plates from our collection.  This week we were inspired by three glass plates from 1919 of the eclipse of the Sun. The glass plates are 8” x 10” and very fragile; in spite of having had object handling training…

Catching A Packet; the career of HMS Ben-My-Chree

Andrew Choong Han Lin is our Curator of Historic Photographs & Ship Plans. Ahead of his talk for our Maritime Lecture Series, he looks at the development of naval aircraft in the First World War.  On 23 March 1908 the new Isle of Man packet steamer Ben–My–Chree (meaning Girl of My Heart) was launched…

RE·THINK: Environment. Remembering the North

Visual artist Tamsin Relly blogs about her plans for her project, Remembering the North, as part of RE·THINK: Environment at the National Maritime Museum. During this time she aims to reflect upon her recent expeditionary residency onboard a ship in Svalbard, Norway, whilst drawing inspiration from the Museum’s polar archives…