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The golden age of piracy – The Pirate Image

My last post explored why people chose to become pirates. This week I’ll be looking at the pirate image – both real and imagined. The lower classes of the 1680s to 1730s had a sneaking admiration for pirates. They became popular heroes. Much of this was down to the pirate image,…

The golden age of piracy – British pirates in the 1680s

In the Golden Age of piracy from 1680, more than 5000 pirates were said to be roving the world’s seas. They robbed ships of all nations, even in peacetime, and were a great threat to maritime trade. News of piracy reached the ears of both rich and poor. Ballads about…

Meet the Thompsons

It seems incredibly generous that a man of Nelson’s rank would take the time to write to the wife of an illiterate sailor to comfort her during the final months of her pregnancy. Perhaps equally incredulous is the notion that Emma Hamilton, the wife of a diplomat, would nurse the…

Restoring one of the nation’s greatest silent films

Today’s guest blog was written by Bryony Dixon, Curator of silent film at the BFI. She’s been busy restoring one of the finest films of the British silent era ahead of a special screening at our museum.  The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands (1927) Come for the ships and stay for…

Love in the Archives – Mr and Mrs Whitworth

Our archives are full of amazing stories of love and loss. With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, Tracey looks at some of the beautiful material that will be on display at Love in the Archives. In June 1812, the wife of ordinary seaman James Whitworth received a letter from her husband…