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…

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…

Welcome to the Caird Library

On Thursday 14th July the new Caird Library opened to the public, two days after the formal opening of the Sammy Ofer Wing by the Museum’s Patron, HRH the Duke of Edinburgh. The Caird Library is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am – 4.45pm for access to the…

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…

Moving into the new Caird Library

Over the past ten weeks, the new reading room facility in the Sammy Ofer Wing has been transformed from an empty white box into the new Caird Library.  Tables, chairs, lockers, a document scanner and even a touch screen viewer to explore the Museum’s collection of sailing navy ship plans…

Goodbye to the Caird Library… for now

Today we closed the doors on the current Caird Library for the last time. As regular readers of the blog will know, we have been planning a move into a new reading room and storage facility, part of the Sammy Ofer Wing, for some time. Now the business of physically moving…

Caird Library closure due to move into Sammy Ofer Wing

We have now finalized the schedule for moving the National Maritime Museum’s Caird Library and archives from their current locations to the new library and archive store in the Sammy Ofer Wing. The Library and E-Library will close to all visitors on Thursday 21 April for the move of the collections. The…

Update on new reading room

As our regular readers will know from seeing the crates of books in the Caird Library as we undertake several mini-moves before the really big one, we’re busy preparing for moving into the Sammy Ofer Wing during April-July 2011. We’ve updated the information on the website so please take a look –…

Further update on plans for new reading room

The work on the Sammy Ofer Wing is continuing, and we are busy preparing the collections to move into the new building in April-July 2011. We’ve updated the information on the progress of the building work and our plans for the new research and reading room on the website. The…