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Caird Library Open Day- 27 June 2015!

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What was the goal of the Gallipoli campaign?

What was the goal of the Gallipoli campaign?

Solar eclipse? Or another cloudy day in Greenwich?

So, disappointingly, the weather worked against us here in Greenwich for would-be viewers of last month’s partial solar eclipse. A stubborn layer of cloud meant many missed out on the magnificent solar spectacle. If you’d like to prepare for the next, a useful resource held by the Caird Library is…

February’s Item of the Month

February’s Item of the Month has just been published. Penny take s a look at ‘Camp Magazine’, produced by prisoners of war from the Royal Naval Division interned in Groningen (Holland) between 1914 and 1918. Camp Magazine, according to its creators, was produced to reflect camp life at Groningen and…

Scarborough, Hartlepool & Whitby Raids

On Wednesday 16 December 1914, the German Navy raided the coastal towns of Hartlepool, Scarborough and Whitby. Rear Admiral Franz Von Hipper, commander of the German battleship squadron, devised a plan to enact the bombardment whilst his superior, Admiral Friedrich von Ingenohl, stationed the ships of the entire German High…

November’s Item of the month: battle of the Coronel

November’s Item of the month is a journal (JOD/106/1) kept by a navigating lieutenant on the Canopus, recording the battle of the Coronel, which took place off the Chilean coast, 100 years ago on Saturday. Harry Bennett did not witness the destruction of the British ships Good Hope and Monmouth,…

Archives – ‘War and Memory’

The Museum has had an exhibition called `War and Memory’ by the artist Rozanne Hawksley in the Queens House for some time now – it ends on 14th November. Her work is both fascinating and thought provoking and is partly inspired by the work her grandmother did sewing sailor’s collars…

The battle of Trafalgar: letters from the Lower Deck

Yesterday was Trafalgar Day, the 209th anniversary of the battle of Trafalgar, which took place off the south western Spanish coast. Much celebrated in British culture, depicted in film, verse, fine art and commemorated in all sorts of media, one could be forgiven for wondering what else there is to…

A piece of P&O at the ‘Cheesegrater’

During the London Open House weekend in September I was one of many hundreds of visitors to The Leadenhall Building, the tallest building in the City of London.  While waiting in the long queue that meandered towards the gigantic new structure, I was curious about a fragment of old architecture…

October’s Item of the Month: WW1 cartoons, propaganda and fishing smacks

October’s Caird Library Item of the month is a cartoon! Brian takes a look at war time cartoons, propaganda, and a fishing boat that might just have not sunk a German submarine in 1916 ( or did it?)… Take up the story with October’s Item of the month