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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…

A book from the Bounty

The world’s greatest maritime archive is full of fascinating objects with amazing stories to tell. Today we’re looking at a book that was taken by the Bounty Mutineers in 1789.  The story of the mutiny aboard HMS Bounty on 28 April 1789, led by Master’s Mate Fletcher Christian, and the subsequent epic…

Love in the Archives – Mr and Mrs Whitworth

Our archives are full of amazing stories of love and loss. With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, Tracey looks at some of the beautiful material that will be on display at Love in the Archives. In June 1812, the wife of ordinary seaman James Whitworth received a letter from her husband…

Robert Hope’s Trafalgar Letter

On 4 November 1805 Robert Hope, a member of the sailmakers’ crew of HMS Temeraire, wrote to his brother to recount his involvement in the Battle of Trafalgar.  Recently acquired by the National Maritime Museum after 205 years in private hands, October’s Library item of the month is a fascinating below-deck…

New NMM Archive Catalogue

I have recently looked after the development of a new online Archive catalogue at the NMM. The archival collections were previously accessed through the Library catalogue. The new catalogue gives you: More search and browse options Persistent URLs (pages you can bookmark…) Findability through search engines I’m also really pleased…