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Captain Cook and Halloween – Death in the Archives

This Halloween we’re exploring the darker side of our archives with a special event at The Queen’s House. Going to sea is a dangerous business and our collection is full of tales of death and disaster. We’ll be looking at Franklin’s lost expedition, the life and Death of Captain Cook…

The Queen’s House – A Twitter Top 10

We reached over 1000 followers on the Queen’s House Twitter account @TQHGreenwich over the weekend. As a thank you to all of you who follow and interact with us, and an enticement to the next 1000 who might, our Curators of Art pre- and post-1800, Katy Barrett and Melanie Vandenbrouck have picked…

John Franklin: Death in the Archives

This Halloween we’re holding a special event, Death in the Archives, where we’ll be exploring the darker side of the Caird Library. We’ll be looking at material from the doomed Arctic Expedition led by John Franklin and asking what happened to his men. In May 1845 two ships, HMS Erebus…

Mr and Mrs Maskelyne

Just this morning a pair of miniatures of Nevil Maskelyne and his wife, Sophia Rose Maskelyne, went on display in Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude. Very recently acquired by the Museum, they were painted in 1801 and 1803 respectively by Mary Byrne, with Nevil Maskelyne paying £10…

John Everett: Dazzle!

Visitors to the Queen’s House will have noticed that the drawings by Gladys E. Reed, William Dring, John Worsley and John Kingsley Cook shown as part of War Artists at Sea, came off display last month. This is because works on paper are particularly sensitive to light and can only…