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

April’s Item of the Month- Postcard from Gallipoli

The battle of Trafalgar: letters from the Lower Deck

Yesterday was Trafalgar Day, the 209th anniversary of the battle of Trafalgar, which took place off the south western Spanish coast. Much celebrated in British culture, depicted in film, verse, fine art and commemorated in all sorts of media, one could be forgiven for wondering what else there is to…

July’s Item of the Month

July’s item of the month has just been posted and is a reminder that the hundredth anniversary of the beginning of the ‘war to end all wars’ is almost on us. Of course no one knew this at the time and the Declaration of War in 1914 was more eventful…

June’s Item of the Month

The Glorious 1st June commemorates a naval battle in 1794 otherwise known inconspicuously as the Third Battle of Ushant. Following the outbreak of war with Revolutionary France and spectacular French victories on land, many Britons feared the Revolution would ‘jump the channel’ and Britain might be next. June’s item of…

Archive and Library Staff Seminars

June and July will see two seminars given by Archive and Library staff as part of a wider Museum Staff Research Seminar series designed to illustrate the research actually being carried out with the Museum’s collections. This is an opportunity to hear about research projects Archive and Library staff are…

The Best of all the Sea-Bathing Places

Obviously not a manuscript, definitely not seasonal, but with most of us shivering at freezing conditions and the thought of further blizzards, this image forms both a cheerful distraction and also a connection with the often nautical and always candid world of novelist Jane Austen. It was the anniversary of…

Naval Ancestors: Who do You think they were?

The last Saturday in September saw a small gathering at The National Museum of the Royal Navy at Portsmouth Dockyard for the Naval Ancestors: Who Do You Think They Were? workshop. Researchers gathered to broaden their knowledge of Service Records, gain advice on navigating the maze of Admiralty record keeping…

From Greenock to Greenwich: The log of Andrew Service

Image courtesy of Glasgow University Archive Services, ref. UGC182A fascinating online bicentennial exhibition has just been launched at Glasgow University Archive Services. It concerns a log kept by a Glaswegian able seaman Andrew Service. The log offers a rare glimpse into the daily routine of service on the 38 gun frigate…

Archive and Library team at Navy Days, Portsmouth

Over 25,000 people visited Portsmouth Dockyard for the Navy Days event last Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Attractions included 12 ships from the Victory of 1765 to HMS Daring of 2005, not to mention roving bands of eighteenth century sailors and other costumed re-enactors. Whilst the modern Navy and its ships…

The Battle of Quebec

Sunday saw the 250th anniversary of one of the most important battles in modern British history. In the early hours of 13 September 1759, a small British army was hauling itself and its guns up a cliff path. At the age of 32, Major General James Wolfe was attempting to…