The letters of Archibald Buchanan, Midshipman (1803-1804) – Part 2

Here is the second part of Daniel’s look at the letters of a young gentleman midshipman, Archibald Buchanan. If you missed the first post, you can find it in the previous pages, posted on 30 June. After a few days aboard HMS Monarch, Archibald Buchanan was transferred to the sixth-rate…

National Archives talks and podcasts

The National Archives has a diverse programme of talks and events that I get regular updates on but don’t often find the time to go to. For those of you not based on the other side of London however, I do recommend having a look at the upcoming topics, as…

Second World War Merchant Shipping records now online

Any researchers interested in the merchant shipping movements of British registered and allied vessels engaged in the second world war effort may like to know that you can now access records online from Documents online at The National Archives website. Taken from the series of cards within BT 389, information…

Royal Marines online

The National Archives have just launched a new collection of digitised records: the service registers of around 110,000 Royal Marines who joined between 1842 and 1936. The collection allows you to search for ordinary seamen (not officers) by name, register number, and date of enlistment. As with other records in…

Royal Navy Medical Officer journals

A few weeks ago I visited The National Archives for their Cataloguing Awareness Day. I was really impressed with the variety of projects underway, from the records of Victorian women prisoners, to ‘Bread or Blood’, describing political agitation for electoral reform in the early 1830s. I thought I’d mention the…

WRNS service records now online at The National Archives

The latest National Archives email newsletter announces that the service records of women who served in the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS or ‘Wrens’) during the First World War are now available online. This will be pretty exciting news for researchers and family historians as the records were previously only…