Last Entry in the log of the His Majesty’s ship ‘Royal George’

Long-time followers of the Caird Library Blog may recall Tanya’s fascinating Item of the Month, looking at the collection of recently conserved books: An Account of the Loss of the ‘Royal George’ at Spithead, August, 1782.  For those of you who missed the article the first time around, you may…

Voyages of Exploration: the expeditions of Captain James Cook

Voyages of Exploration: the expeditions of Captain James Cook

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…

May’s Item of the Month

Inspired by discoveries made on a recent holiday to France, May’s item of the month is a look at a rare book from the Library’s collection. The Voyage of La Perouse round the world in the years by Jean-François de Galaup, Count of Lapérouse, is a finely illustrated account of…

Cyclometrica Elementa Duo : the story of a hidden treasure

As part of our ongoing work preparing for the move into the Sammy Ofer Wing, I was recently working with the collection of Vice-Admiral Sir William Hannam Henderson (1845-1931). These papers were arranged by Admiral Henderson himself and were presented to the Museum by his daughter, Mrs L.C. Dunne, in two installments…

The Relation of a Wonderfull Voiage

May’s item of the month is a rare English book, “The Relation of a Wonderfull Voiage”, written by the lesser known explorer William Cornelis Schouten.This very rare English edition is part of the Archive and Library’s rare books collection and tells a story of a forgotten seaman who discovered the sea passage…

From Roanoke to Gravesend

It’s a bonus month for Archive and Library research as we’ve published two items this month, and they really couldn’t be more different. In the rare books corner we have an introduction to one of the stars of our collection: Theodor de Bry’s A briefe and true report of the…

William Falconer’s The Shipwreck

December’s item of the month is somewhat hard to categorise: part fiction, part autobiography and part instructional guide for sailors, William Falconer’s poem The Shipwreck is a must-read for Patrick O’Brian fans. Fair enough, there’s no Jack Aubrey character – but the combination of high seas drama and technical detail…

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…