A new look at the letters of Susannah Middleton

Regular readers of the blog may recognise the name Susannah Middleton. Her collection of letters, written from Gibraltar in the early nineteenth century, is a real favourite with staff and readers of the Caird Library. In December, a selection of the manuscripts she wrote to her sister in London featured…

December’s Item of the Month

December’s Item of the Month features a series of letters written by Susannah Middleton to her sister, Mary Leake. As it’s ‘that time of year’ we’ve selected three letters, each one written during the Christmas period.Richard (Assistant Archivist)

News on the Move

In a previous post about the move, I mentioned that we’d come across a book with a rather appropriate title, given the work we were undertaking. Continuing on a similar theme, we couldn’t let the safe relocating of another volume pass without comment. Books on the Move, the volume with…

We’re Moving!

I hope the title of this blog-post didn’t cause any unpleasant surprises. Having opened the new Caird Library in the summer, we are, of course, staying put. However, regular visitors will know that we haven’t yet had the opportunity to run a full service in the reading room, due to…

A Norwegian Manuscript Mystery

Colleagues in Norway have issued a request for help to solve a mystery dating back to 1816. The Regional State Archives in Trondheim have in their collection a number of letters that were found, washed ashore in a box, at Orlandet.  The box, which also contained clothes and books, had…

October’s Item of the Month: Robert Hope’s Trafalgar Letter

In 1805 Robert Hope, a member of the sailmakers’ crew of HMS Temeraire, wrote to his brother to recount his recent involvement in the Battle of Trafalgar.  Recently acquired by the National Maritime Museum after 205 years in private hands, October’s item of the month is a fascinating below-deck account of the…

This week’s archive journey session

On 21 October 1805 the British Royal Navy clashed with French and Spanish ships at the Battle of Trafalgar.  To coincide with a series of events across the Museum, this week’s archive journey session is Life in Nelson’s Navy. The session will take place in the E-Library at 14.30 and…

Gardener’s World

Regular visitors to the Caird Library will be used to seeing references to the National Archives amongst our collections.  Now it seems that other great Kew institution is getting in on the maritime act.  We spotted recently this fascinating blog post written by colleagues at Kew Gardens about some rare…

Report of the Society of Archivists’ Conference

We recently had the opportunity to attend the Society of Archivists’ conference in Manchester. With the title ‘We Are What We Keep’, the conference was a chance to explore and revisit concepts surrounding how and why records are preserved for posterity with engaging talks given by many eminent speakers. Particularly…

This week’s archive journey session

Greenwich this Thursday is certainly the fashionable place to be as our archive journey session is Sailor Chic. Using rare, original manuscript and printed items from the Museum’s collections we’ll be exploring what sailors wore on ship; how they obtained their uniform and how much it cost.  This is a great…