Get hands-on with the new Archive Catalogue

If you saw Hannah’s last post about our new Archive Catalogue you’ll remember that she mentioned that we would be holding some short introductory sessions on how to use it. We’ve now set some initial dates for these, which are: Tuesday 23 September, 3pm Thursday 25 September, 11am We’ll be…

New! Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History is a just-published encyclopedia about all things ships and the sea. It’s edited by John Hattendorf of the U.S. Naval War College (who also publish the Naval War College Review), and contains over 940 entries on topics including naval history, shipbuilding, navigation and scientific…

Lloyd’s List update

In one of my first posts on this blog I asked if the library still needed its current print subscription to Lloyd’s List. One person commented to say that yes, we did, because it was an important part of being a maritime reference library. Off-blog, staff told me that the…

Guardian digital archive free in November

I got some exciting news last month – both the Guardian and the Economist have been busy digitising their backfiles, and are about to launch online archives. The Guardian Digital Archive includes the Guardian from 1821-1975 (1976-2003 will be added next year) and the Observer from 1900-1975 (but – exciting!…

‘Reaper of Souls’ reading in the E Library

As part of the launch of Black History Month recently we had a very special guest reader in the E Library. Beverley East, author and graphologist, read extracts from her new book ‘Reaper of Souls’ followed by a question and answer session. ‘Reaper of Souls’ is a work of fiction…

Family history afternoon this Saturday (15 September)

Are you interested in researching your family history? Perhaps you have some maritime ancestors but don’t know how to find out about them. Come along to the E-Library this Saturday afternoon between 12.00 and 16.00, where we will be holding a family history event in partnership with the Museum in…

Dazzle painting (How cubism took to the waves)

This post is the first in what we hope will be a series, concerning some of the ‘not so frequently asked questions’ that we often get in the library or E-library. This particular topic was inspired by a telephone conversation involving myself and a professor who was writing a paper…

‘Seventy Days of My Life’ – Falklands E-library display

Display dates: 2 April–20 August 2007 (extended from 14 June) Location: E-library April 2007 marks the 25th anniversary of the beginning of the Falklands Conflict fought between Argentina and Great Britain. The campaign was the result of a long-running dispute over the sovereignty of South Georgia and the Falkland Islands….