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Battle of Heligoland Bight, 28 August 1914

   Uncategorized   August 28, 2014  No Comments

Today marks the centenary of the Battle of Heligoland Bight, fought in the North Sea on 28 August 1914. It was the first major naval action between British and German naval forces during the First World War, and was a victory for the former. The appalling slaughter on the Western…

Hodges on film

In 2004-5, the Museum staged an exhibition on the career of William Hodges (William Hodges 1744-1797: the Art of Exploration), which considered his art from Cook’s second voyage alongside his work in India for the Governor General, Warren Hastings. As part of the preparation, Hodges’ paintings were all looked at…

George Knott and the Eddystone Lighthouse

   Uncategorized   July 18, 2014  No Comments

        Eddystone Lighthouse – http://www.trinityhouse.co.uk/ Photograph by Paul Young Eddystone lighthouse is considered one of the most famous lighthouses in the world. The Principal Keeper of the lighthouse between 1861 and 1866 was George Knott, the fourth in a succession of lighthouse keepers from the Knott family. He is now famous…

Preservation of nine bark cloths from the South Sea Islands

Origins of the bark cloths The nine bark cloths arrived at the museum less than a year ago, when the London Missionary Society (now part of the Council for World Mission) donated a large part of its historic collections to the National Maritime Museum. They are a little different from…

William Dring’s portrait of Commander Bill King

This blog entry was written by Bethany Wright, intern at Royal Museums Greenwich. I am doing the MA Curating the Art Museum at the Courtauld Institute of Art, and doing an internship in a museum forms part of my degree. For the past few months I have been in the Curatorial…