Patronage in the Royal Navy: John Markham, a well-connected officer.

Here is the next in our occasional series of guest bloggers… Catherine Beck is a doctoral student looking at the recently acquired papers of Admiral John Markham. This is the first of three of Catherine’s posts, so plenty more to come! Officers in the Georgian Navy relied upon the patronage…

The Mysterious Nearchus

Recently we were able to acquire a curious looking pamphlet, which, according to many online library catalogues, seems to be only available at the University of Missouri in their Rare Book Collection. The pamphlet, printed in 1864, bears the title Letters from Nearchus : addressed to a retired officer of…

Cataloguing in closed week

Whilst the Library team was confined to the laborious task of auditing 9,000 books in the basement last week, the Manuscripts team had the luxury of working in the Caird Library itself. The project Andrew, Kate, Martin and Mike were tackling was to catalogue a small backlog of recent acquisitions….

The Story of Sea Stories

Developing the first fiction title for the National Maritime Museum’s publishing list has been a fascinating and challenging experience. We are used to publishing catalogues, guidebooks, and books about the collections, but this was a new idea, that as far as we are aware, no other museum has tried. A…

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…

The Susannah Middleton collection

I have recently completed a project to catalogue the Susannah Middleton collection. The collection is made up of 55 neatly-written letters sent by Susannah Middleton to her sister Miss Marion Leake, during her residency at Gibraltar from 1805 to 1808. Susannah’s husband of three years Captain Robert Gambier Middleton had…