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September’s Item of the Month: Records of Asian crewmen on British ships during the Second World War

September’s Item of the Month has just been published…and it is about a significant discovery in the National Maritime Museum archive!! Tracey interviews Dr Georgie Wemyss of East London University on the James Nourse collection (NOU/10/7) and records of Asian crew members on British Merchant vessels during the Second World War. Dr…

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…

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

May’s item of the month- stories from the 1915 Crew List project

April’s item of the month- stories from the 1915 Crew List project

What was the goal of the Gallipoli campaign?

What was the goal of the Gallipoli campaign?

April’s Item of the Month- Postcard from Gallipoli 1915

April’s Item of the Month- Postcard from Gallipoli

March’s Item of the Month: An account of the Revd John Flamsteed, the first Astronomer-Royal, compiled from his own manuscripts, and other authentic documents, never before published.

March’s Item of the month has just been posted. Gareth take s a look at An account of the Revd John Flamsteed, the first Astronomer-Royal, compiled from his own manuscripts, and other authentic documents, never before published.  Flamstead was Astronomer Royal from 1675-1719 (nearly 45 years!). The account was written…

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…

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,…