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…

The letters of Archibald Buchanan, Midshipman (1803-1804) – 3

Here is the third and sadly final post by research student Daniel Lange, who has been looking at the correspondence of Napoleonic midshipman, Archibald Buchanan…. If you missed the first (or second) post, catch up here. Click on the images to enlarge them. Perhaps the most intriguing features in the…

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…

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…

This week’s archive journey session

If you are in Greenwich, or planning a day out, and you are either interested in naval history or would simply like to know more about the life of Nelson and his women, why not join my Archive Journey session on Thursday 7th October at 14.30. With the help of…

Archive Journeys in November

Continuing our regular programme of Archive Journey sessions, November begins with Caird’s Treasure Chest on Thursday 5th.  Sir James Caird was one of the National Maritime Museum’s principal early benefactors and his donations helped to form the foundation of the Museum’s collections.  The talk will provide a rare opportunity to…

Archive Journeys in September

This month visitors to the Museum will have the opportunity to attend a number of Archive Journey sessions.  Following the popular Polar Exploration sessions held in July we are holding 3 more events to coincide with the Museum’s North West Passage exhibition.  The sessions take place within the North West…

The history of the fork

   Not so FAQ ,,   October 29, 2007  3 Comments

Recently I was contacted by a gentleman researching for a play, set at the end of the 15th Century on a boat and in a port. He was particularly interested in what would have been drunk on board a ship, what utensils and crockery they may have had and the…