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Temporary Change to the Caird Library opening hours

Temporary Change to Library Opening Hours between November 2015 and January 2016. You may have seen on our webpages or heard from staff that we are changing our opening hours for a short period between November 2015 and January 2016. During this period we will be open on Tuesdays, Wednesday and…

“Deaf as a post” and “a well-looking fellow”: Descriptions of crewmen in the Commonplace Book of Captain Edward Rotheram

Have you ever wondered what kind of people manned ships around the time of the Napoleonic Wars? Where they came from, what they did before serving, even how they looked? Well, this is exactly the information found within the Commonplace book of Captain Edward Rotheram (LBK/38). In addition to the official…

Women and war: women’s uniforms

Hello Caird Library Blog followers. My name is Sonia and I am the Library Assistant who, from now on, will be looking after the Caird Library blog. I joined the Caird Library and Archive team in 2010 and, when not on duty in the Reading Room, I assist with cataloguing…

Enhance your nautical vocabulary at the Caird Library!

If you haven’t visited the Caird Library recently, you may not yet have spotted the addition to the staircase leading up to the Library from the Sammy Ofer Wing ground floor.  A mixture of nautical words and phrases have been painted on our walls.  Some, like “bow”, “galley” and “harpoon”…

August’s Item of the month: Captain George Peacock: naval officer, inventor…and more

August’s Item of the month has just been published…and it is mind-blowing!!! Katherine has been researching the interesting career of George Peacock, a naval officer who was also a very industrious inventor. His credited inventions include the peculiar ‘floating poncho’, a dress the top half of which was inflatable, and…

Jack tars and Tarpaulins

Jack tars and Tarpaulins

July’s Item of the Month: The WW1 journal and photographs of Commander Geoffrey Middleton Randall Rayne

The WW1 journal and photographs of Commander Geoffrey Middleton Randall Rayne

Women and war: The ‘munitionettes’

In keeping with the theme of Women and War this month (see June’s Item of the month), Sonia has been researching the story behind the ‘Munitionettes’… The Caird Archive and Library holds a volume issued in 1916 by the Ministry of Munitions entitled Notes on the employment of women on…

Caird Library Open Day- 27 June 2015!

Caird Library Open day

Patronage in the Royal Navy: John Markham, a well-connected officer.

Here is the next in our occasional series of guest bloggers… Catherine Beck is a doctoral student looking at the recently acquired papers of Admiral John Markham. This is the first of three of Catherine’s posts, so plenty more to come! Officers in the Georgian Navy relied upon the patronage…