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 was the elimination of various More…

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 for Lieutenant Danrreuther’s mother than More…

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, these remarkable water colours show More…

Navy Board In-letters project

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, during the reign of William More…

May’s Item of the Month: Guiding Lights

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 a description of the construction More…

The Mysterious Nearchus

Recently we were able to acquire a curious looking pamphlet, which, according to many online library catalogues, seems to be only available at the University of Missouri in their Rare Book Collection. The pamphlet, printed in 1864, bears the title Letters from Nearchus : addressed to a retired officer of the commercial sea service. There More…