The Illustrated London News Historical Archive

The NMM Archive and Library is pleased to announce the acquistion of the full archive of ‘The Illustrated London News Historical Archive’, from 1842-2003. With its debut in 1842 the Illustrated London News became the world’s first illustrated weekly newspaper, sparking a revolution in journalism and news reporting. The publication…

Shipindex.org

Shipindex.org is an online resource that gives references to ships in books, magazines and other websites. It’s been around for a few years so you may have come across it before, but what you may not know is that it’s recently entered a new development phase and is looking more…

Tell us what you think about electronic resources

Have you used electronic resources here at the Caird Library, or indeed at any London museum archive or library? Here at the library we’ve been trying to increase the amount of information that you can access online, and over the past year have added several new resources to our electronic…

Royal Marines online

The National Archives have just launched a new collection of digitised records: the service registers of around 110,000 Royal Marines who joined between 1842 and 1936. The collection allows you to search for ordinary seamen (not officers) by name, register number, and date of enlistment. As with other records in…

Early English Books online and Ancestry Library

Another update on the electronic resources front: we’ve added another two new resources to our collection since I wrote my last library update back in May. Access is available from the Caird Library and E-Library here at the museum. (I’ve added the links below as they contain more information about…

Library update

Well, it seems like it’s been a little while since our last post, but there’s certainly been no shortage of things happening here at the Caird Library. The first weekend of May was the Who Do You Think You Are? Live show at Olympia, where Archive and Library and other…

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!…