“Deaf as a post” and “a well-looking fellow”: Descriptions of crewmen in the Commonplace Book of Captain Edward Rotheram

Have you ever wondered what kind of people manned ships around the time of the Napoleonic Wars? Where they came from, what they did before serving, even how they looked? Well, this is exactly the information found within the Commonplace book of Captain Edward Rotheram (LBK/38). In addition to the official…

Women and war: women’s uniforms

Hello Caird Library Blog followers. My name is Sonia and I am the Library Assistant who, from now on, will be looking after the Caird Library blog. I joined the Caird Library and Archive team in 2010 and, when not on duty in the Reading Room, I assist with cataloguing…

Enhance your nautical vocabulary at the Caird Library!

If you haven’t visited the Caird Library recently, you may not yet have spotted the addition to the staircase leading up to the Library from the Sammy Ofer Wing ground floor.  A mixture of nautical words and phrases have been painted on our walls.  Some, like “bow”, “galley” and “harpoon”…

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…

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    

Voyages of Exploration: the expeditions of Captain James Cook

Voyages of Exploration: the expeditions of Captain James Cook

The escape of the Goeben and Breslau

With the approaching centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, I’ve been looking at our holdings relating to the escape of the German Battle cruiser SMS Goeben and the Light Cruiser SMS Breslau. In 1914, with the outbreak of war seemingly imminent, one of the Admiralty’s main concerns…

Caird Library Open Day- this Saturday 28 June

From 10am to 4pm on this coming Saturday 28 June we are having a  Caird Library Open Day. Read Nelson’s will, see the note from a mutinous crew he claimed he found pinned to the door of his cabin, see a letter he wrote to his wife, Frances and compare…

Books, Cooks, Tides, Steamers, and Dress! or Enquiries at the Caird Library

Books, Cooks, Tides, Steamers, and Dress! or Enquiries at the Caird Library
Hi there! My name is Nabila and I joined the Caird Library’s team as a Library Assistant in June 2012. These past seven months have flown by! I have been a library assistant since 2005 working in public libraries during my A-levels and a government library after graduating, so it is a welcome change to be in specialist library. I love working in libraries because I enjoy helping people find the information they are looking for. We have some incredible enquiries that range from family history research to questions about tides. We recently had a request for an authentic signature of Captain Cook (Click here to see AGC/C/15 : click on the second letter and scroll down).

November’s Item of the Month

It is certainly well known that the National Maritime Museum holds a superb and precious collection of objects, paintings and manuscripts. However, it is not as well known that among the Museum’s Library and Manuscript collections are valuable, occasionally priceless, rare books, charts and atlases. November’s Item of the Month is one…