Caird Library Open Day- 27 June 2015!

Caird Library Open day

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…

The battle of Trafalgar: letters from the Lower Deck

Yesterday was Trafalgar Day, the 209th anniversary of the battle of Trafalgar, which took place off the south western Spanish coast. Much celebrated in British culture, depicted in film, verse, fine art and commemorated in all sorts of media, one could be forgiven for wondering what else there is to…

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…

A wander around ‘Ships, Clocks and Stars: the Quest for Longitude’.

I recently had a look around the  NMM’s new exhibition, “Ships, Clocks and Stars: The Quest for Longitude”. On entering, one of the very first items on display is William Hack’s beautiful 1685 manuscript-atlas. Being in the manuscripts department I may be just slightly biased, but Hack’s “A Waggoner of…

August’s Item of the Month: Heligoland Bight

August’s Item of the month looks at the opening naval clash of the First World War, the battle of Heligoland Bight, as seen through the personal papers of David Richard Beatty, first Earl Beatty (1871-1936). Beatty commanded the prestigious, fast and powerful First Battle Cruiser Squadron. While the battle was…

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…

July’s Item of the Month

July’s item of the month has just been posted and is a reminder that the hundredth anniversary of the beginning of the ‘war to end all wars’ is almost on us. Of course no one knew this at the time and the Declaration of War in 1914 was more eventful…