Voyages of Exploration: the expeditions of Captain James Cook

Voyages of Exploration: the expeditions of Captain James Cook

A Prime Collection of Charts and Maps: The Grenville Collection (GREN)

A new addition to our Sammy Ofer Wing stores in the map collection of William Wyndham Grenville, 1759-1834, succeeding Pitt as prime minster in 1806 he led the ‘All the Talents’ coalition government for a year until 1807. Previously stored off-site, this collection is now fully available to order providing…

Previously Unseen Nelson letter exhibited at Tunbridge Wells Museum

An exciting Letter from Admiral Horatio Nelson to the 2nd Earl Camden dated 11 October 1804 has been put on display and revealed to the public for the first time. The letter concerns Camden’s nephew, Francis James, who, having lost his ship and his clothes, evidently decided he was not…

The capture of the Westmorland

A visit to the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford last weekend has piqued my interest in the capture of the Westmorland: an armed merchantman. The exhibition, entitled ‘The English Prize, The Capture of the Westmorland: An Episode of the Grand Tour’, reveals the fascinating story of an English merchant ship that…

Bloggers Preview Two

Thanks to all our guests for generating excellent blog posts and for those who are interested here is a link to one more: http://www.lararuffle.co.uk/london/caird-library-at-royal-museums-greenwich Other links to blogs about the Caird Library event can be found at the bottom of the previous post. Please feel free to leave a comment…

Bloggers preview of new Library, Saturday 21 January 2012

The Caird Library held its first bloggers preview event last Saturday. We’ve been scouring the blogosphere in the last few weeks for bloggers who we thought would like to see what we have in our Library and our archives. We hoped that this would help us spread the word about…

September’s Item of the Month

September’s item of the month showcases two letters from a series of eleven acquired as a set in 1950, dating from the late 18th and early 19th centuries and written by crew from the lower deck.Mike (Assistant Archivist)

Moving Archives – Past and Present

With the current move of the NMM archive and library collections to the new Sammy Ofer Wing complex, here are a few historical tales of how Admiralty records were stored and moved from one building to another in the 19th century. Early in the 1840s, Sir John Barrow, Secretary to the…

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…

Gerald Alymer Seminar at IHR, Senate House

I recently attended the annual Gerald Alymer (a former President of the Royal Historical Society) Seminar which took place at the Institute of Historical Research (IHR), Senate House. The speakers included scholars of early records, teachers lecturing in the archive profession and palaeography, curators, PhD students and archivists. The main…