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Christmas in the collection – Charades and the Death of Captain Cook

We have a whole host of Christmas related material in our collection and archive. If you’ve ever wondered how to re-enact the death of Captain Cook for a guaranteed charade win or what James Bond author, Ian Fleming, was doing in Trafalgar Square with a Norwegian Spy and a smuggled Christmas Tree…

Captain Cook and Art & Science of Exploration Tour

The free exhibition at the Queen’s House looks into early representations of some very extraordinary places.  It includes the first depictions of a kangaroo and a dingo in Western art, with our recently acquired beautiful Stubbs’ paintings, alongside stunning visual records of Captain Cook’s famous voyages of discovery. Last week our…

Zig-zagging : how to confuse the enemy at sea

This zig-zag clock – a rare object from the Second World War, now on display at Royal Observatory Greenwich – was part of a Top Secret, and incredibly dangerous, defence tactic used by Allied convoys throughout the Battle of the Atlantic, the fiercest naval struggle in modern history. An unusual timepiece,…

The Battles of Coronel and the Falkland Islands

Today marks the centenary of the Battle of the Falkland Islands. A short and brutal battle in which four German warships were sunk with little cost to the British. Curator of Naval History, Quintin Colville, looks at the events leading up to the day and the story of German Admiral Maximilian von Spee. …

Models of War

Nick Ball, our Assistant Curator of Ship Models, gives a fascinating insight into some of the models within our collection.  When I look at the beautifully carved Navy Board ship models of the National Maritime Museum it is often easy to forget that these miniatures represent the incredible power of naval…