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Forgotten Fighters: World War 1 at Sea

With a name like Forgotten Fighters, I expected the NMM’s new First World War exhibition which opened on 4 August, to be filled wall to wall with military memorabilia and naval paraphernalia. Instead, I was surprised to find how much emphasis was placed upon individual people.  Thanks to numerous interactive…

The letters of Archibald Buchanan, Midshipman (1803-1804) – Part 2

Here is the second part of Daniel’s look at the letters of a young gentleman midshipman, Archibald Buchanan. If you missed the first post, you can find it in the previous pages, posted on 30 June. After a few days aboard HMS Monarch, Archibald Buchanan was transferred to the sixth-rate…

August’s Item of the Month: Heligoland Bight

August’s Item of the month looks at the opening naval clash of the First World War, the battle of Heligoland Bight, as seen through the personal papers of David Richard Beatty, first Earl Beatty (1871-1936). Beatty commanded the prestigious, fast and powerful First Battle Cruiser Squadron. While the battle was…

The escape of the Goeben and Breslau

With the approaching centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, I’ve been looking at our holdings relating to the escape of the German Battle cruiser SMS Goeben and the Light Cruiser SMS Breslau. In 1914, with the outbreak of war seemingly imminent, one of the Admiralty’s main concerns…

July’s Item of the Month

July’s item of the month has just been posted and is a reminder that the hundredth anniversary of the beginning of the ‘war to end all wars’ is almost on us. Of course no one knew this at the time and the Declaration of War in 1914 was more eventful…

The letters of Archibald Buchanan, Midshipman (1803-1804)

This is the first in a series of posts  by Daniel Lange, a research student from Berlin. He has been looking at some of the letters of a youthful trainee officer from the early nineteenth century. This is the first of 3 posts by Daniel… I have recently had the…

Caird Library Open Day- this Saturday 28 June

From 10am to 4pm on this coming Saturday 28 June we are having a  Caird Library Open Day. Read Nelson’s will, see the note from a mutinous crew he claimed he found pinned to the door of his cabin, see a letter he wrote to his wife, Frances and compare…

June’s Item of the Month

Ahead of the centenary of the beginning of the First world War, June’s Item of the Month delves into the Library’s pamphlet collection and takes a look at artist Sam Brown’s series of 6 water colours published together as War on the Waters (PBD7219). First appearing in the Liverpool Daily Post,…

Navy Board In-letters project

   Uncategorized   May 20, 2014  No Comments

Our team of four Navy Board In-letters volunteers: Derek, Roger, Terry and David have provided full page summaries for five of our volumes from the archive. The collection is a series of volumes (ADM/A/1758-ADM/A/3115) and the volunteers have been producing calendars/brief descriptions of the content for the years 1688 to 1691,…

May’s Item of the Month: Guiding Lights

   Uncategorized   May 2, 2014  No Comments

May’s Item of the month is a guest Item of the month. The new Museum exhibition Guiding Lights,  celebrates 500 years of Trinity House, the authority for Light Houses in England and Wales. Exhibition Curator Gillian Hutchinson takes a closer look at a rare book, A Narrative of the building and…