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…

9,000 books later…

As you probably know the Caird Library is closed this week and I thought you might be interested in finding out what exactly we’re up to. Preparations for the new research centre are continuing apace and we’re using this week to audit the library collection that will need to move…

Who do you think you are?

The archive and library at the National Maritime Museum can be an invaluable resource when researching any maritime related family history. If your genealogical tree holds any members from a maritime background, be it the merchant navy, the Royal Navy, or if they worked for a particular shipping company, we…

Richard Hakluyt (c. 1552-1616): life, times, legacy

The National Maritime Museum will host a three-day conference entitled “Richard Hakluyt (c. 1552-1616): life, times, legacy” from Thursday 15 May – Saturday 17 May 2008. This international interdisciplinary conference is jointly organized by the National Maritime Museum, The Centre for Travel Writing Studies, Nottingham Trent University and the National…

Aurora Australis

The recent cold snap provides the perfect introduction to January’s item of the month – no less than the first book written, printed, illustrated and bound in the Antarctic! Aurora Australis, 1908-1909 was produced by the British Antarctic Expedition (or Nimrod Expedition) led by Ernest Shackleton as they over-wintered on…

New books for January

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The library team here at the Caird Library were dedicatedly cataloguing new books right up to the Christmas break. You can see all the material we’ve catalogued during December in the “What’s new” section of our online catalogue. Perhaps the crew of container ship, LT Cortesia, which ran aground on…

New books for December

The library collection is continually growing here at the Caird Library and every month the library team works hard to catalogue new material covering all aspects of the National Maritime Museum’s collections. You can see all the material we’ve catalogued in November on the “What’s new?” section of the online…

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.