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Crew Lists of the British Merchant Navy 1915 – new online database

Tuesday 30 June 2015 – we’re very pleased to announce the launch today of Crew Lists of the British Merchant Navy – 1915, a collaborative project between the National Maritime Museum and the National Archives highlighting the contribution of the Merchant Navy in the First World War. For the first…

Models of Remembrance

Now we’re in the centenary of the First World War, and with the recent anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, it emphasised how much of a role physical objects play in constructing our interpretation of events now lost to living memory. Not just in an historical factual sense, but in…

A book from the Bounty

The world’s greatest maritime archive is full of fascinating objects with amazing stories to tell. Today we’re looking at a book that was taken by the Bounty Mutineers in 1789.  The story of the mutiny aboard HMS Bounty on 28 April 1789, led by Master’s Mate Fletcher Christian, and the subsequent epic…

A pirate’s journal, Bounty book & a map of the world

We’re opening up the world’s greatest maritime archive on 27 June. Come see some amazing objects, including the journal of a bloodthirsty pirate and a book taken to Pitcairn Island by the Bounty Mutineers. A book from the Bounty Domestic Medicine : or, `A treatise on the prevention and cure of…

Museum Cakes – inspiration from the collection

On top of her work for our Photo Studio, Emily has been bringing another amazing talent to the museum. She’s been recreating our collection – in cake form!  For the past year I have been making and decorating cakes inspired by the Museum’s collections. It started with a Nelson cake and…