September’s Item of the Month: Records of Asian crewmen on British ships during the Second World War

September’s Item of the Month has just been published…and it is about a significant discovery in the National Maritime Museum archive!! Tracey interviews Dr Georgie Wemyss of East London University on the James Nourse collection (NOU/10/7) and records of Asian crew members on British Merchant vessels during the Second World War. Dr…

August’s Item of the month: Captain George Peacock: naval officer, inventor…and more

August’s Item of the month has just been published…and it is mind-blowing!!! Katherine has been researching the interesting career of George Peacock, a naval officer who was also a very industrious inventor. His credited inventions include the peculiar ‘floating poncho’, a dress the top half of which was inflatable, and…

What was the goal of the Gallipoli campaign?

What was the goal of the Gallipoli campaign?

April’s Item of the Month- Postcard from Gallipoli 1915

April’s Item of the Month- Postcard from Gallipoli

March’s Item of the Month: An account of the Revd John Flamsteed, the first Astronomer-Royal, compiled from his own manuscripts, and other authentic documents, never before published.

March’s Item of the month has just been posted. Gareth take s a look at An account of the Revd John Flamsteed, the first Astronomer-Royal, compiled from his own manuscripts, and other authentic documents, never before published.  Flamstead was Astronomer Royal from 1675-1719 (nearly 45 years!). The account was written…

February’s Item of the Month

February’s Item of the Month has just been published. Penny take s a look at ‘Camp Magazine’, produced by prisoners of war from the Royal Naval Division interned in Groningen (Holland) between 1914 and 1918. Camp Magazine, according to its creators, was produced to reflect camp life at Groningen and…

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…

October’s Item of the Month: WW1 cartoons, propaganda and fishing smacks

October’s Caird Library Item of the month is a cartoon! Brian takes a look at war time cartoons, propaganda, and a fishing boat that might just have not sunk a German submarine in 1916 ( or did it?)… Take up the story with October’s Item of the month    

Last Entry in the log of the His Majesty’s ship ‘Royal George’

Long-time followers of the Caird Library Blog may recall Tanya’s fascinating Item of the Month, looking at the collection of recently conserved books: An Account of the Loss of the ‘Royal George’ at Spithead, August, 1782.  For those of you who missed the article the first time around, you may…

September’s Item of the Month: diary kept by G.W. Smith, steward onboard the requistioned RMS AVON

September’s Item of the Month is the diary of an ordinary merchant seaman, steward GW Smith, from 1916.  The RMS ship Avon was requisitioned by the Admiralty for war service and fitted as an armed merchant cruiser and renamed Avoca. Smith and his colleagues were set to work supplying other…