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Women’s History Month – Emma Hamilton and the power of a stereotype

Lady Hamilton’s historical significance is foregrounded on the occasion of Women’s History Month. Emma Hamilton was born into poverty in 1765 at Ness in Cheshire. Her given name was Amy Lyon, daughter of Henry Lyon a blacksmith who died when she was an infant. From such beginnings, one of the…

Women’s Royal Naval Service 1917-19

The National Maritime Museum’s Caird Library and Archive holds many fascinating documents relating to the Women’s Royal Naval Service during the First World War. Among the pictures of women confidently assuming the roles of motorcycle despatch rider, mine-net worker, navy cook or wireless telegraphist, is a collection of typewritten letters…

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…