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The letters of Archibald Buchanan, Midshipman (1803-1804) – 3

Here is the third and sadly final post by research student Daniel Lange, who has been looking at the correspondence of Napoleonic midshipman, Archibald Buchanan…. If you missed the first (or second) post, catch up here. Click on the images to enlarge them. Perhaps the most intriguing features in the…

The letters of Archibald Buchanan, Midshipman (1803-1804) – Part 2

Here is the second part of Daniel’s look at the letters of a young gentleman midshipman, Archibald Buchanan. If you missed the first post, you can find it in the previous pages, posted on 30 June. After a few days aboard HMS Monarch, Archibald Buchanan was transferred to the sixth-rate…

The escape of the Goeben and Breslau

With the approaching centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, I’ve been looking at our holdings relating to the escape of the German Battle cruiser SMS Goeben and the Light Cruiser SMS Breslau. In 1914, with the outbreak of war seemingly imminent, one of the Admiralty’s main concerns…

The letters of Archibald Buchanan, Midshipman (1803-1804)

This is the first in a series of posts  by Daniel Lange, a research student from Berlin. He has been looking at some of the letters of a youthful trainee officer from the early nineteenth century. This is the first of 3 posts by Daniel… I have recently had the…

A new look at the letters of Susannah Middleton

Regular readers of the blog may recognise the name Susannah Middleton. Her collection of letters, written from Gibraltar in the early nineteenth century, is a real favourite with staff and readers of the Caird Library. In December, a selection of the manuscripts she wrote to her sister in London featured…

Archive and Library Staff Seminars

June and July will see two seminars given by Archive and Library staff as part of a wider Museum Staff Research Seminar series designed to illustrate the research actually being carried out with the Museum’s collections. This is an opportunity to hear about research projects Archive and Library staff are…

The Barrington Papers: Small personal archive meets big institutional science

In 2003, the NMM purchased a small archive of thirteen manuscripts and a pamphlet which belonged to William Wildman, Viscount Barrington. He collected  these  between 1762 and 1765, while  he was Treasurer of the Navy, which also made him a Commissioner of Longitude – part of the Board responsible for…

Royal Navy Medical Officer journals

A few weeks ago I visited The National Archives for their Cataloguing Awareness Day. I was really impressed with the variety of projects underway, from the records of Victorian women prisoners, to ‘Bread or Blood’, describing political agitation for electoral reform in the early 1830s. I thought I’d mention the…

Who’s researching what?

It’s always interesting to hear about what people are researching in the library. That’s part of the thinking behind this ‘who’s researching what?’ section of the blog. It’s really inspiring to read about the work being done by research fellows like May Bo Ching – the staff here know that…

May Bo Ching, Asian Gallery Fellow

Hi everybody, my name is May Bo Ching and I am the Asian Gallery Fellow working principally on the Chinese collections of National Maritime Museum (NMM). I was born and brought up in Hong Kong, and I have been teaching in Sun Yat-sen University at Guangzhou for ten years. The…