July’s Item of the Month

Anybody investigating the activities of the Royal Navy during World War II will be used to visiting the National Archives at Kew. However, July’s item of the month shows that a treasure trove of information can be found here at the Caird Library, particularly in the series of Admiralty Movement…

Warship Histories microfiches

The Warship Histories is an alphabetical index of Royal Naval vessels, originally compiled by Commander Pitcairn-Jones but with later additions and corrections. Whilst the published list of naval vessels, by J.J. Colledge, gives similar information in some respects – technical details, launch and fate – Pitcairn-Jones’ index goes further. The…

My son is in the Royal Navy…

Last month we explored how to conduct family history research when one’s relative is currently in the Merchant Navy. Today let us investigate the very same query but this time about an individual still serving in the Royal Navy. Caird Library staff have written several research guides on various maritime…

CLIP – The Crew List Project

Are you doing family history research related to the Merchant Navy? Are you stuck with finding the Official Number of a British-registered vessel? Perhaps you have a list of Official Numbers but do not know the ship names? Knowing a ship’s Official Number is crucial when you do family history…

My son is in the Merchant Navy…

Most of our enquiries start off with a sentence well known to us: “my great-grand father was a seaman”. A recent query received by the Library made me think how we can assist those who are researching current activities in the Merchant Navy. As always crew agreements for British-registered merchant…

Last Pipe Down signal given to the Nautical Magazine

It is with great sadness that we announce the end of the Nautical Magazine. The publication was incorporated into the monthly journal Sea Breezes at the end of last year. The Caird Library was formally informed by a letter from the Editor advising that the magazine had been sold to…

New Assistant Librarian

Taking my new desk in the Library Office on Monday, finally I found a quiet moment to introduce myself to readers of the Caird Library Blog: I’m Gregory Toth the new Assistant Librarian. My key responsibilities will be providing specialist information services for the Archive and Library collections, answering public…

August’s Item of the Month

Our August Item of the Month celebrates the 145th anniversary of the transatlantic telegraph cable. Join us on a journey through the National Maritime Museum’s collections to explore a story that has been long forgotten.Gregory (Library Assistant)

Cyclometrica Elementa Duo : the story of a hidden treasure

As part of our ongoing work preparing for the move into the Sammy Ofer Wing, I was recently working with the collection of Vice-Admiral Sir William Hannam Henderson (1845-1931). These papers were arranged by Admiral Henderson himself and were presented to the Museum by his daughter, Mrs L.C. Dunne, in two installments…

This week’s archive journey session

If you are in Greenwich, or planning a day out, and you are either interested in naval history or would simply like to know more about the life of Nelson and his women, why not join my Archive Journey session on Thursday 7th October at 14.30. With the help of…