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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…

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…

Exploring the Archives at the NMM…

One of the amazing things about working in the archives of the National Maritime Museum is that every once in a while you find something fantastically engrossing. Most recently an entry in the journal kept during the Cook’s first voyage (JOD/19) caught my eye, and it concerns him and his…

The Osborne & Britannia magazines

Former residence of Queen Victoria, Osborne House became a Royal Navy officer training college in 1901, remaining open until 1921. Among the former students were Edward VIII and George VI. The NMM holds various bound volumes of the Osborne magazine. This journal served the Osborne college while the Britannia Royal…

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…

The Canopic Times: Hot off the Press from the south Atlantic

  As well his journal featured as November’s item of the month, (ref: JOD/106/1), Harry Bennett’s diairies include a fascinating newspaper produced on board HMS Canopus. The Canopic Times was produced at the time of the battle of the Coronel on 1 November 1914. It is a ‘ship board’ newspaper…

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…

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…

Last Entry in the log of the His Majesty’s ship ‘Royal George’

Long-time followers of the Caird Library Blog may recall Tanya’s fascinating Item of the Month, looking at the collection of recently conserved books: An Account of the Loss of the ‘Royal George’ at Spithead, August, 1782.  For those of you who missed the article the first time around, you may…