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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…

Christmas in the collection – HMS Hood

HMS Hood is one of the most famous British battleships of World War II and in her time the largest warship in the world. Named after one of the most distinguished naval families, she was a battlecruiser of 41,000 tons. Launched on 22 August 1918 and, after trials and a…

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,…