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…

Voyages of Exploration: the expeditions of Captain James Cook

Voyages of Exploration: the expeditions of Captain James Cook

May’s Item of the Month

Inspired by discoveries made on a recent holiday to France, May’s item of the month is a look at a rare book from the Library’s collection. The Voyage of La Perouse round the world in the years by Jean-François de Galaup, Count of Lapérouse, is a finely illustrated account of…

Summer Borbecu’s

I recently held a barbecue and determined to ascertain the correct spelling of barbecue. I turned to the online version of Oxford English Dictionary, a personal favourite from our recently acquired resources, for guidance. It transpires that the word owes its etymological origins to a Haitian word barbacòa meaning ‘a…

Archive journeys : Polar Exploration

Archive Journeys are held every Thursday at 2.30pm in the E-Library, and are an excellent opportunity for visitors to experience some of our most famous historical moments and figures first hand. Showcasing documents and treasures you may not otherwise see, they are a must for any Museum visitor! Polar Exploration…

The Northwest Passage

This summer, the European Space Agency (ESA) reported that the Northwest (or North West) Passage was fully clear of ice for the first time since records began.

Notes on Arctic equipment for spring travelling

September’s item of the month is Lieutenant Francis Leopold McClintock’s notebook: Notes on Arctic Equipment for Spring Travelling, drawn up at Port Royal 1867. Caird Library ref: MCL/37. Lieutenant Francis Leopold McClintock (1819-1907) became famous as the man who discovered the remains of Sir John Franklin’s expedition to find the…

The Quest for the Northwest Passage

This truly is a gorgeous book. And it’s not just me that thinks so – everyone who has walked past my shelf of recently catalogued books lately has been picking it up. Bound in teal blue with an illustrated spine and silver lettering, The Quest for the Northwest Passage is…