1796 Bantry French Armada Exhibition Centre, County Cork tells the story of Theobald Wolfe Tone and the French Armada's ill-fated attempts to expel the English from Ireland. After the invasion, the Surveillante was too damaged to return to France and lay undisturbed off Whiddy Island until its recent conservation. The site gives information on the Armada fleet, the frigate Surveillante, Theobald Wolfe Tone and Louis Lazare Hoche. The site contains advertising. Since this exhibition is embedded within a larger Cork tourism site, navigation is somewhat haphazard.
This website, from the 1807 Commemorated Project, at the University of York, and the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, provides a 'resource website for museum practitioners, consultants, outreach officers and all those with an interest in, or connection to, the heritage sector in Britain'. The website aims to 'ensure that future policies and practices within museums, libraries and archives are shaped and informed by the experiences of museum staff, consultants, communities and audiences who engaged with the marking of the bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade'. The website contains information and suggestions for developing exhibitions, working with the communities in which the museums are situated, and the roles of curators. The website is easily navigated and simply designed and aims to make the process of collection-building, presentation and preservation a more academic and rigorous process.
The '19th century Poor Law Union and Workhouse records' website is part of the DocumentsOnline site from The National Archives. It offers free access to correspondence relating to the staff and inmates of Poor Law Unions and Workhouses from across England. Poor Law Unions, the website explains, were created after the Poor Law Amendment Act from 1834. The aim was to centralise poor relief, thus parishes became Poor Law Unions and administered workhouses. The online collection of the National Archives was not complete at the time of review. The database can be searched by word of phrase and by date. The site is easy to use and clearly laid out: digitised images of the documents can be downloaded for free in PDF format, by following the standard procedures on the DocumentsOnline site. The correspondence is between the guardians of the Union and the Poor Law Board at Somerset House in London. A brief introduction to the poor laws is provided, to set the documents in context and there are links to other areas of The National Archives website, including research guides on the poor and the Poor Laws, Poor Law records, elementary schools, education, nineteenth century public health and epidemics and lunatic asylums.
Established approximately 30 years ago and based in Clayton, New York, the Antique Boat Museum has grown from a local institution to an internationally recognized museum. It lists its main purpose as being to collect, preserve, study, and interpret objects related to the freshwater nautical history of small craft (less than 100 feet) throughout North America, with emphasis on the St. Lawrence River and the surrounding area. The site gives details of the collections, tells of current events at the Museum and provides links to antique boat-related sites.
The Archives & Collections Society is based in Ontario, Canada, and is a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to maritime history and conservation, marine research and nautical education. The website includes information on the collections, with samples fom the database (enquiries about the holdings are welcome); links to sites of further interest; access to bibliographies on a variety of subjects, including the Titanic and the Bounty. The Membership Library and Members' pages are password protected, but information is provided on joining the society.
The Archives Made Easy website, hosted by the International History Department at the London School of Economics and Political Science, is an invaluable guide to archives across the globe. The aim of the site is to equip researchers with all the necessary information about a particular archive prior to embarking on a research trip. As such, this resource intends to help eliminate unrewarding and unexpectedly costly trips. Archives are indexed on the site by country and users should note that this index is not intended to be a comprehensive guide to world archives (a full index can be accessed via the UNESCO archives portal). Rather, only archives that have been reviewed are listed here. For each archive, users will find a comprehensive review - available as a Word document - which includes information on how to get to the archive; how to get started accessing material there; opening hours; general working conditions; photocopying and technology policies; and any other relevant details. The reviews are written by researchers themselves and as such frequently take a more subjective tone, offering advice based on personal experience. Users are invited to submit their own reviews of particular archives, and may also update existing reviews through a template provided on the site. At the time of cataloguing, the site focused upon archives from the UK, the USA, China, Russia and from a range of countries in Europe, Asia and Latin America. The clarity and relevance of the information provided by Archives Made Easy makes this a crucial resource for historical researchers.
'Aspects of the Victorian Book' is an online exhibition created by the British Library to mark the centenary of Queen Victoria's death in 1901. The site forms an introduction to printing and publishing techniques of the period, drawing on the British Library's large collection of 19th-century material. The exhibition is divided into two main sections, 'Production', and 'Publishing'. 'Production' covers topics including: printing techniques; illustration techniques (including photography and lithography); and binding. 'Publishing' concentrates on the types of books produced in the period, such as: novels; penny dreadfuls; children's books; and magazines. Each subsection consists of an introduction and a number of supporting images. This resource would make a useful introduction to publishing in the Victorian period for students of book history, as well as those studying English.
The Australian War Memorial is an ongoing project aiming to provide a memorial to wars in which Australians fought. The site includes information on the memorial; Australian military history; research and family history; biographical databases (produced from names and associated information based on records in the Australian War Memorial collections); and collection databases.
This is an online exhibition from the Imperial War Museum, London, focusing on the conflict at sea on 6 March 1941, between Allied merchant ships and their escorts and German U-boats, christened the Battle of the Atlantic by Winston Churchill. The site is divided into the following information: a history of the Campaign; the roles of the Royal Navy, Royal Canadian Navy, United States Navy, and German Navy; Intelligence, relating to Enigma; the effect of Air Power; the role of the Convoys and of Merchant shipping; and an overview of the Battle of the Atlantic. The site contains thumbnail images of contemporary photographs.
The Battle of the Somme is an online exhibition from the Imperial War Museum, focusing on: the battle; its context within the First World War as a whole; and the impact it had on the lives of those involved. The exhibition is divided into three main sections: 'The Battle'; 'Personal Stories'; and 'The Somme Revisited'. Each section is illustrated with photographs of: key figures; places; and artefacts; as well as contemporary film footage. The individual war experiences documented include names such as: J.R.R. Tolkien; Douglas Haig; and Robert Graves, in addition to the less well known. The site is well designed in terms of navigation and accessibility (a text-only version of the site is also available) and gives useful information for schools on how the content can be used in teaching: Key Stage 3; GCSE History; and AS/A2 English Literature. The site gives an interesting insight into the Battle of the Somme for anyone interested in this area.
Part of the The Beacon, Whitehaven, the aim of the Museum is to explore and to illustrate the history and the development of Copeland. This includes the maritime history of the area, such as ordinary sailors lives, the sugar, rum and slave trades and the lucrative business of smuggling. Visitor information is included.
The museum has exhibits, films and memorabilia that tells the tale of the 'Boston Tea Party', a popular name for the action taken on December 16, 1773, by a group of Boston citizens protesting about the British tax on tea imported to the colonies. There is also a full-size working replica of the Beaver II which was one of the three 'Boston Tea Party' ships. Museum hours and location details are supplied. The site is one of the 'Historic Tours of America' websites.
This website provides information about the British Museum's collections (in World cultures), current exhibitions, recent news and education programmes (learning). The compass section features a database of 'around 5000 objects from the huge range of periods and cultures represented in the Museum'. A children's compass section is also available and includes online tours, which are specially written to cover topics from the UK National Curriculum and animations, games and puzzles, which require the use of Flash 5. The site contains brief information on the collections and links to the departments of the museum, that are mainly arranged by continent; and visitor and events information.
The British Postal Museum and Archive website provides access to the catalogue and some of the collections of the Royal Mail and the Post Office, dating back over four hundred years. It is an invaluable source for the history of postal communication in Britain, and for developments in social, transport and business history and in design and advertising, particularly in the last two centuries. Learning pages provide resources for small children through to adults, with specific information for teachers; there is a guide for family historians. A history section traces the development of the post from the Romans onwards, concentrating on the period from the Stuarts to the present day. Informative and attractive online exhibitions include How the Post Office went to War, Elizabeth, Queen and Icon, and Playing for the Cup. This user-friendly site was designed with accessibility in mind; it can be viewed in Welsh and a spoken version is available. Clearly laid out, the website includes FAQs, a glossary and a shop. The records in the archive were awarded designated status by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, in recognition of their national importance.
The website of the Brixham Heritage Museum and History Society aims to raise awareness of the rich heritage of the historic town and fishing port of Brixham. The site provides information on the Museum's collections. The Maritime archive celebrates Brixham's sea-faring past, with displays covering shipbuilding; sailmaking; navigation; Berry Head Napoleonic forts; customs; smuggling; and models of famous local vessels. The Museum includes a reconstruction of a room in a fisherman's cottage. The site includes a list of some of the photographs from the museum's collection arranged thematically; visitor information; and links to related sites. There are transcriptions from documents dating from the fourteenth century onwards, intended for use by family historians.
Broughty Castle houses the Museum, focusing on the life and times of Broughty Ferry, its people, the environment and the wildlife that live close by. The museum has permanent displays of information and artefacts of the local 19th Century fishing industry, Dundee's Arctic whaling story, seashore life, and military history. Visitor information is included.
Buckler's Hard tells the story of shipbuilding at the village of the same name in the 18th century, where some of the ships of Nelson's fleets were built. Information is provided on the site about some of the warships built for the navies of George II and George III, and the site also contains the history of the shipbuilding village, and some of the shipwrights who worked there. Visitor information is also provided.
Part of the Imperial War Museum website, the Cabinet War Rooms section provides information about the development of Churchill's Second World War underground complex as a museum. (During the Blitz on London, Winston Churchill, his Cabinet, his War Cabinet, his Intelligence organisation and his staff met below ground in a fortified basement in Whitehall known as The Cabinet War Rooms). The website includes a virtual tour (Quicktime or Java movies) of the war rooms, and links to Churchill's Room, the Cabinet Room, the Map Room, and the Transatlantic Telephone Room, as well as other parts of the Cabinet War Rooms, a history of the rooms, and an introduction to the London Blitz, as well as practical information about visiting the rooms currently open to the public.
Canadian war artists is a virtual exhibition of Canvas of War, an exhibition held of war art from official Canadian Art programmes of the First and Second World Wars. The site has links to the work of the artists, with quotes, the history of the war art programmes in Canada, and Canadian participation in both wars, and the development of WWI and WWII. There are also links to maps, artist biographies, the effect of the wars on Canadian art, and links to a list of the artists, and the Canadian War Museum.
This is the website of the Canadian War Museum, an institution which opened in 2005 and which is affiliated to the Canadian Museum of Civilization. The museum focuses on conflicts from the 18th Century to the present day. The website includes virtual exhibitions on military art, Canada and the First World War, and Democracy at War. The First World War exhibition website is particularly comprehensive and offers very visually interesting navigation. There is also a searchable artifacts database and online catalogue of the Libraries and Archives of the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Canadian War Museum. The site is available in English and French. Visitor information is included.
This website provides an extensive online gallery of paintings in the collection of the Canadian War Museum, depicting scenes and portraits from the Canadian War Museum. The site includes an Introduction; Treasures, containing paintings of battles of the First World War and the Second World War and eye witness accounts; the Vimy Memorial; background information to the involvement of Canada in these wars, including chronologies and maps; information on the Battle of the Atlantic and Normandy Landings during the Second World War; and an Epilogue of late 20th Century Canadian war art. A large number of images are provided covering many different styles of painting. Each picture is accompanied by text explaining the subject, artist, and context. The background to the official Canadian Art Programmes for both wars is also discussed. The materials at the site may be reproduced for non-commercial use. Featured artists include: Fred Varley; Alfred Bastien; A.Y. Jackson; Arthur Lismer; Maurice Cullen; Richard Jack; Alfred Munnings; Alex Colville; Lawren P. Harris; and several others.The site includes a search engine and links to related activities and products, and a list of the artists involved in the exhibition.
Founded in 1961, the Occupation Society studies all aspects of the German military occupation of the British Channel Islands during the Second World War. The site gives a brief history of the Islands' fortifications, including coastal artillery batteries and coastal strongpoints, plus details on the German Naval headquarters, St.Jacques. The Signals Headquarters bunker has been restored by the Society. Many original internal fittings have survived, and the rooms are being re-fitted and equipped to as near original condition as possible. Located on the island of Guernsey, this museum was opened in 1966 and contains artifacts from World War Two. Audio-visual displays in the Occupation Museum website are used to convey the stories and experiences of islanders during the five years of enemy occupation. The Occupation Museum also owns the Naval Occupation Tower at Pleinmont headland and more information about the tower is included. Among the collections there are objects from the Naval Signals Headquarters, St Jacques. There is a history of the headquarters on the site which includes a diagram of its layout. The museum's opening times are provided. The site also contains information on publications, German personnel, and joining the Society and Society publications.
The website of Charlestown's shipwreck and heritage centre provides an interesting and informative introduction into this privately owned maritime museum, which is described as having the largest collection of shipwreck artefacts in the UK. Based at Charlestown, a Cornish fishing port, this heritage centre owns a diverse range of exhibits from the sixteenth century to the present day, from shipwrecks, fishing, lifeboats and diving equipment, to china clay and scrimshaw. Part of the Centre depicts the trade and exports associated with Charlestown, while the shipwreck section shows in photography, wreckage and salvaged cargo some of the shipwrecks from around Britain's coasts. Artefacts include those recovered from HMS 'Ramillies', which sank in 1763. Further displays tell the history of underwater exploration and the saving of life at sea. Visitor information is included. The website is illustrated with many photos and there are special pages of information which is easy to print.
This website provides information about the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. It includes information on tours, the history of the Museum, special collections and exhibitions, educational programs, the library and collections, the Museum store and general information about opening hours and contacting the Museum.
Adapted from the book 'A Grand Design: the Art of the Victoria and Albert Museum', which accompanied the exhibition of the same name, this online illustrated essay by Christopher Wilk on 'Collecting the Twentieth Century' provides a background to the museum's collecting policy for twentieth century material and contemporary objects. The site also provides colour images of the relevant items in the exhibition catalogue, which are found at the end of this essay. Descriptions for these objects can be found by clicking on an image.
The Museum was founded in 1962 and since then it has been preserving and interpreting the maritime heritage of the Pacific Northwest. Located at the mouth of the Columbia River, the Museum is the Official Maritime Museum of the State of Oregon. The bridge of the destroyer DD 653 forms the centerpiece of the museum. The education section includes school programmes including the visiting Museum-In-A-Trunk programmes, and resource guides for teachers.
A study guide to the work of Linda Kitson, John Keane and Peter Howson, commissioned by the Imperial War Museum's Artistic Records Committee to record contemporary conflicts. The artists went to the Falklands, the Gulf and Bosnia respectively. Aimed particularly at A-level and undergraduate students, this guide gives the basic information about the three artists and their commissions, including details of reference material available to visitors to the Museum's Print Room. Kitson's drawings record the experiences of the soldiers in training and briefings on the QE2 and SS Canberra, during disembarkation and behind the lines. Keane was briefly on board a Royal Navy vessel patrolling the Persian Gulf, and Howson travelled with the British forces participating in the United Nations Protection Force.
This page forms part of the Norfolk County Council Tourism website. Situated in a row of former fishermen's cottages, this Museum of regional history includes the 1890s home of a local fishing couple, lifeboat rescues, historic photographs, and crab fishing.
The Deal Maritime and Local History Museum was founded in 1972. Exhibits include the Saxon King, the last of the Deal Galleys; ships' models including the Cutty Sark; and figureheads, pictures, prints and memorabilia of Deal Boatmen, local lifeboat crews and of the Royal Marines stationed at Deal for over three hundred years.
The German Maritime Museum is situated in Bremerhaven. Exhibitions include: medieval shipping; shipping in the industrial age; shipping in the early modern period; fishing and whaling; tidal research and forecasting; oceanography and polar research; pilotage and navigation; sailing and boating and an open-air museum of ships. There are extensive collections of literature in the library concerning German maritime history, and archival material which contains technical drawings, nautical charts, photographs, films, prints, posters and all kinds of documents and records. A list of publications (all in German) is listed and visitor information is supplied. The site is presented in German, with a small amount of information in English and French including articles on the medieval fleet, and the Waterlogged Wood Laboratory.
The Digital and Multimedia Center provides online access to documents held by the Special Collections division of the Michigan State University Library. The centre aims to make these documents more widely accessible through its digitisation projects and to preserve these scholarly resources for future use. The current collections concentrate on: American Radicalism; Art and Humanities; Cook Books; Fencing; MSU Student Activism; Speculum; Applied and Life Sciences; Comic Art; Fables; History and Social Sciences; Osteopathy; and Sunday School Books. The collections can be searched by title or author or browsed by collection or author. The Digital and Multimedia Center website also supplies information about the project and its staff.
The DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum focuses on the maritime history of the ports of Delaware and Chesapeake Bay, and the discovery of ship wrecks and their artifacts. The site also contains histories of locally wrecked ships, such as the HMS 'DeBraak', located in 1984; the 'Juno'; and the 'Faithful Steward'; as well as information on some of the artefacts, early Colonial settlements; and the Museum newsletter.
The Dock Museum is based in Barrow-in-Furness, and charts the social and industrial history of the Furness area, including the development of the shipyard and dock complex. The site includes information on the Museum's collections, which include boats and the history and ongoing development of Barrow Shipyard. It covers a wide range of work carried out by the Yard such as production of ships, submarines, armaments and general engineering products (from airships to cement kilns), and includes a variety of ship models made in its Model Shop. There is also a link to the Vickers Photographic Archive, which documents the working of the Barrow Yard. Other information on the site includes galleries, exhibitions, and visitor information.
A registered charity formed in 1983, the East Kent Maritime Trust promotes the maritime and associated heritage of East Kent. The Trust is responsible for the Ramsgate Maritime Museum, the Margate Seaside Museum, the North Foreland Lighthouse and Preston Court Oast and there is information about each of these on the site. The Ramsgate Maritime Museum concentrates on the maritime past of the Ramsgate region and is located on the site of the Ramsgate Meridian. There are permanent displays on the development of the Harbour, Navigation, Fishing, Lifeboats and Shipwrecks. Also contained in the museum are artefacts recovered from the wreck of Stirling Castle. The Margate Seaside Museum collections reflect the town's maritime history and success as a seaside resort. The site also contains information about the Trust's historic vessels, Sundowner, Cervia, New Britannic, Strandby and Khaki. Contact details and visitor information for each of the museums is provided.
Run by the Emsworth Maritime and Historical Trust, Emsworth Museum opened in 1988. Emsworth is a fishing village on the South Coast of England, and Museum displays are devoted to the old sea-faring families. The site includes visitor information.
Adapted from the book 'A Grand Design: the Art of the Victoria and Albert Museum', which accompanied an exhibition of the same name, this online illustrated essay by Timothy Stevens and Peter Trippi on 'An encyclopaedia of treasures' provides a background to the museum's collecting policy following its foundation. This site also provides colour images of the relevant items in the exhibition catalogue which are found at the end of this essay. Descriptions for these objects can be found by clicking on each image.
This online exhibition from the Imperial War Museum is aimed at children and focuses on the use of codes in wartime, and how the German Enigma code was broken during the Second World War. The exhibition examines how codes are created, historical examples of codes, and the use of the Enigma machine in the Second World War by the German army, air force, and in particular, the navy. The primary focus of the exhibition is how the Enigma machine was decoded by Bletchley Park code breakers.
Erie Maritime Museum presents the region's maritime heritage and the story of US 'Brig Niagara', the reconstructed flagship of Pennsylvania and the warship that won the Battle of Lake Erie in the war of 1812. The site also includes: US 'Brig Niagara's specifications, her involvement in the Battle of Lake Erie and an extract from the Log; details of the ship's sailing schedule; a virtual tour; photo galleries of the ship and crew; events; opening hours; and location details.
The EMH is a non-governmental organization for private owners of traditional ships, as well as for maritime museums and other interested bodies. The website includes information on the organisation, the safety council and its guidelines for the safe use of historic vessels; the work of the cultural council for the protection of historic traditional ships, and the EMH policy group. There are also links to the newsletter, an events calendar, and links to sites of further interest.
The Shetland Tourism website offers brief information on the history and natural heritage of the Shetland Isles, Scotland. E.g. there is an online brochure about the Unst Heritage Centre and Unst Boat Haven, Haroldswick. The Heritage Centre focuses on traditional crafts and local studies, and has strong links with Norway. The Boat Haven tells the history of fishing and seafaring, with displays of photographs, fishing artefacts and small boats.
The museum, Explosion, is situated at Priddy's Hard on the Gosport side of Portsmouth Harbour, Hampshire, the location of a former Royal Navy Armament Depot. It features displays relating to Naval firepower from gunpowder to the Exocet. Onsite is information about the museum, a clickable map showing various museum scenes, visitor information, upcoming events, and recent museum news. It is recommended to view this site with the flash plug-in software.
The Falklands Conflict is an online presentation from the first oral history project from the Imperial War Museum Sound Archive to interview people that participated in 'The Falklands War' between Great Britain and Argentina., 1982. A brief history of the conflict is provided, outlining the course of the invasion of the islands by Argentina, and the British government's response with a task force, which first liberated South Georgia, before Argentine forces finally surrendered on 14 June 1982. The site contains 6 extracts from the Sound Archive's interviews. All these interviews are available to listen to at the Imperial War Museum Sound Archive. Each audio clip requires RealPlayer, though there is also a transcript of each clip, as well as the archive's reference number for the interview. There is a photograph from the Imperial War Museum's collection - usually of the serviceman or an image of the event being described. These photos are presented as thumbnails that can be enlarged.
The Imperial War Museum offers a wealth of material for the family history researcher seeking an insight into the nature of personal experience in wartime. This document provides guidance in tracing an individual's personal service history using family history resources in the departments of printed books and documents, and in the film, video, photograph and sound archives. The Museum holds material relating to the armed forces and items relating to civilians, including all conflicts, and concentrating on British and Commonwealth involvement from 1914 to the present day. Information sheets (in .pdf format) include unit histories, ship journals, service lists, rolls of honour, graves registers, maps, personal papers, gallantry awards and campaign medals, photographs, film and sound recordings. More material is held relating to the Army, and the collections tend to be weaker for the Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and Merchant Navy. Amongst its naval holdings, the Museum has sets of The Navy List and several volumes of rolls of honour for some of the Battalions of the Royal Naval Division - Hood, Hawke, Howe, Drake, Nelson and Anson Battalions. The Museum's resources are available to everybody. The service is free, although an appointment must be made with the appropriate departments.
The FAA Archive is a portal of naval aviation history of the Royal Navy and the Commonwealth of the period of the Second World War, 1939-1945. A list of topics is provided, including Squadrons, Aircraft, Ships, Men, Associations, Museums. Other information includes aircraft carriers, ships, ship yards, and photographs and naval art and related subjects; details of Naval Air Squadrons; Naval Aviation Trusts and Associations; Museums; Research, with links to libraries, archives, research databases and films; Gallery of radio, TV, film, photograph and newspaper resources; Fleet Air Arm and Commonwealth Naval Aviation today; links and bibliographies to World Naval Aviation sites.
The Fleet Air Arm Museum is dedicated to the military aviation history of the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy. The Museum started in 1964, and now has more than 40 aircraft on display. The site includes maps of the museum and details of the permanent exhibits, such as World War I, The Falklands Remembered, Women's Royal Naval Service, and Between the Wars. There is also information on the Fleet Air Arm Museum centre for Naval Aviation Records & Research. This holds a wide range of documents from official and private sources, related to the Royal Naval Air Service and the Fleet Air Arm. They cover areas such as aircraft, ships, equipment, air stations, operations and personnel. The Centre also holds documents relating to service in the Royal Navy and Royal Marines before and during the First World War. The site also contains details of the Fleet Air Arm Memorial Church and Naval Cemetery, the Reserve Collection, and visitor information for parts of the Museum.
Fleetwood Museum is dedicated to the history of the fishing industry and town development of port of Fleetwood in England, from the nineteenth century. The displays in the museum concern inshore fishing, trawling, lifeboats, and the shipping forecast. Visitor information is included in this website. There is a link to the Fleetwood Online Archive of Trawlers and an online exhibition 'Netting the Bay' about the history, traditions and people who have fished Morecambe Bay, the Irish Sea.
The Museum is situated at Foteviken, Sweden and focuses on the Viking Age and medieval history of Scania, as well as the maritime history. Close to the museum is a re-creation of a Viking settlement of the late Viking Age and early Middle Ages, where food is prepared in the traditional way, employees wear Viking costumes, and Viking handicrafts are for sale. There is information about the Museum's Association, the Scandinavian Viking Explorer Group (SVEG); and visitor details. The site is available in English and Swedish.
The George Cross is primarily intended for award to civilians, although there have been many instances where it has been given to members of the armed forces. This resource answers some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQ) about the George Cross. It includes a description and images, the design and manufacture, the first, most recent and youngest recipients, and other facts and figures relating to the award. This page is part of the Imperial War Museum's Collections' information.
This finding aid was produced by staff at the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston. It provides a description of some archival material from the German and Milne collection, comprised of textual records and graphic material. The collection consists of the General Correspondence and Administration Series, Financial Series, Corporate and Legal Series, General Reference Series (Ephemera), General Engineering Series and Engineering Contract Files Series (Design Boxes).
The Hampshire County Council website contains information on Gosport Museum. The section on Gosport's History includes: On the Waterfront (covering the sea, shoreline and harbour); Sailors and Soldiers (mainly covering Naval establishments); passenger ferries; and boatbuilding and sailmaking (looking at Camper and Nicholson, and Ratsey and Lapthorn). The site also includes: visitor information, recent acquisitions; and details of the Museum Resources Room, where copies of original material is available for study.
Information on the Inishowen Maritime (also known as the Greencastle Maritime) Museum is available on this website. Housed in the former Coast Guard Station, the Museum's collections include: a rocket cart, used to aid survivors of shipwrecks; memorabilia relating to local sea faring and fishing families; a Fanad Curragh built with hazel rods; paintings of Derry Barques; and ship models. The site contains brief information about the Museum, and is available in English.
The research guide, produced by the National Maritime Museum, is part of a series intended to help people who wish to carry out their own research. It provides a brief history of the buildings of the National Maritime Museum, and an introduction to the books, manuscripts and images held by the Museum relating to Greenwich and the National Maritime Museum. Information for visitors to the Library is included.
The Guernsey Museums and Galleries website contains information on the harbour fortress Castle Cornet and Fort Grey. Castle Cornet houses the Maritime Museum with displays on Gallo-Roman shipwrecks; the site includes brief information on this Roman cargo ship discovered in 1982. The small martello tower of Fort Grey contains a museum about Guernsey shipwrecks, with many salvaged artefacts. The site includes: visitor information; details of exhibitions and events; publications information, such as the Guernsey Museum Monographs; and details of the museum educational service.
The Francis Russell Hart Nautical Museum is part of the Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The collection contains materials relating to the technical history of ship and small craft design, construction, and propulsion, with the majority of the material coming from the New England area and dating from the late 19th century through the 20th. The holdings consist of artefacts, books, drawings, models, marine art, and photographic materials. Exhibitions include: Deep Frontiers - Ocean Engineering at MIT, a multimedia exhibition demonstrating the research and tools that OE have developed in its quest to promote the wise use and preservation of the ocean environment; and ship models illustrating the evolution of ship design from the 16th - 20th centuries. It is possible to hear the museum curator speak about the exhibitions (requires the RealPlayer plug-in). The site includes opening hours and location details.
This short Web page describes the AHRC-funded research project ‘Hidden Histories of Exploration: Exhibiting Geographical Collections’ which is re-examining the collections of the Royal Geographical Society and the Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG), to shifting the conventional, marginalised representation of indigenous people in encounters with British explorers. The project will result in an exhibition at the RGS-IBG in 2009, as well as associated web resources and events.
The Submarine Force Museum in Groton, Connecticut, is the home of the submarine Nautilus SSN 571. It is the only submarine museum operated by the United States Navy, and as such is the primary repository for artifacts, documents and photographs relating to U.S. Submarine Force history. The museum traces the development of the 'Silent Service' from David Bushnell's Turtle, used in the Revolutionary War, to the modern Los Angeles, Ohio and Seawolf class submarines. The museum's collections include more than 18,000 artefacts, 20,000 significant documents and 30,000 photographs. The library contains 5,000 volumes of reference and research material related to the history of U.S. submarines and is open to the public. The site includes a virtual tour and history of the Nautilus SSN 571. There is also visitor information; links to other navy and submarine websites; a list of the commanding officers of the vessel; and information on the United States Submarine Force Medal of Honor.
Historic ships in Baltimore (formerly the Baltimore Maritime Museum), in Maryland USA, features ships that represent America's maritime heritage. They include the Taney, the last warship afloat to have survived the attack on Pearl Harbour; the lightship Chesapeake and the submarine Torsk, that served in the Second World War. The site includes photos, information on the museum and its exhibits and a newsletter.
This website includes visitor information, as well the history of the HMS 'Belfast', information on the HMS 'Belfast' Association, educational resources, and links to sites of further interest, as well as to information at the Imperial War Museum on tracing family history. There is also a virtual tour of the ship (requiring either Flash or Java to view). The History of the HMS Belfast is described in this website. It provides a useful history of the service of this Royal Navy cruiser, from her construction in 1936, to her final commission in 1963. The history of HMS Belfast is broken into several chapters, covering the ship's specifications, the construction and launch, service in the Second World War, including Arctic convoys, operation Tungsten, and D-Day, post-war peacekeeping, and the Korean War. Throughout the text is illustrated with several good archival pictures. In 1971 she was saved for the nation, and is now moored as a museum on the River Thames. The vessel is part of the Imperial War Museum's group of museums.
The House of Commons Parliamentary Papers collection is a subscription resource containing digitized House of Commons sessional papers from 1715 to the present. Over 200,000 papers are included, making this an invaluable resource for researching all aspects of British political history and indeed British history more generally. The collection includes: private acts and bills; the parliamentary register; the 'History and Proceedings of the House of Commons' as well as the equivalent proceedings of the House of Lords; reports from committees; the journals of the Houses of Commons and Lords; and innumerable reports. The database may be browsed or searched, as well as offering personalisation features enabling the user to build his own sub-collection. The resource is published by Proquest / Chadwyck-Healey.
Founded in 1980 and located in the Historic Rondout Waterfront at Kingston, the Hudson River Maritime Museum preserves the maritime history of the Hudson River, its tributaries, and the industries that developed around it. The site includes information on Hudson River lighthouses; the Rondout district (with information on the Hudson River port 1850 - 1950); steamboats and sailing ships of the river; and Steamboats of the Hudson River by Robert Fulton. A section of the Museum site covers Henry Hudson and the 'Half Moon', documenting Henry Hudson's voyage of discovery, the early Dutch history in the Hudson Valley, the indian cultures Henry Hudson found on his voyage up the river, and a description of the 'Half Moon' replica and its sailing schedules. The site also includes visitor information, details of exhibitions and links to related sites.
The Hull History Centre website is the online presence of the major new archival institution which is to open in Hull in 2009. Financed by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the main partners in the new institution are the Hull City Archive, Hull Local Studies Library and Hull University Archive, all of which will move into the building. The website explains the project and provides news on the development. Our Plans and Vision explains the benefits of the Centre for users. The Virtual Tour disappointingly only leads to a succession of architects plans. Archives and Local Studies in Hull provides details of the resources available at the existing institutions in the city, with contact information. This website will obviously develop as the project continues; it is an interesting and well laid out introduction into this major new archival institution.
The Hull Lifesaving Museum is located in the restored 1889 Point Allerton U.S. Lifesaving Station. The museum aims to preserve the Boston region's lifesaving tradition and maritime culture through collections, exhibits, education, and public service. The museum offers community outreach programs based on traditional wooden boat building and open water rowing. The museum website is designed around a menu with links to pages to visitor information, staff details, an online version of the museum newsletter the messenger line, photo gallery and event calendars.
The Imperial War Museum North focuses on how war shapes lives. The site contains details of exhibitions, which include objects and display areas covering key themes of 20th century. The major themes covered by the museum include Experience of War, Women and War, Science and War and Legacy of War. There is also information about the building itself, that is based on the concept of a globe shattered by war and conflict. The site includes visitor information, contact details and links to other Imperial War Museum sites.
The website of the Independence Seaport Museum, based in Philadelphia, reflects the maritime history of the area and its port with an attractive and well laid out resource. Exhibits include the history of Philadelphia's role in the China Trade that began in the late 1700s. Photos and information are available for the museum's two historic ships, the cruiser USS Olympia, and the submarine Becuna. There is an interesting oral history project bringing submariners and school students together, which includes a video. There is an educational program and the museum has a library which is also a maritime research centre for the region. Opening hours and contact details are provided.
The Intrepid Museum is a former US Navy WW2 aircraft carrier, now located in New York. Together with the submarine USS 'Growler' and over twenty-five aircraft visitors are treated to an inside look of life at sea, past, present and future. The destroyer U.S.S. 'Edson' and the guided missile submarine U.S.S. 'Growler' are also open. The site includes information on the aircraft of the 'Intrepid', such as a Blackbird spy plane, a British built Harrier jump jet, a Concorde passenger jet, and a Polish Mig 21. There is also information on exhibits, the flight stimulator, and events and activities, as well as visitor information.
Iziko Maritime Centre is a non profit organisation dedicated to the preservation of South Africa's Maritime Heritage. The Museum's expertise includes maritime archaeology, shipwrecks of South Africa, ship models, whaling, sealing, and ships visiting Cape Town. The website provides information about the South African Maritime Museum including research projects, associated societies (Maritime Archaeology Society South Africa - MASSA), and services (shipwreck enquiries, conservation advice, ship model building and restoration, and ship plans). Highlights of the displays include a postal stone from 1632, small boats made in Cape Town, a coracle picked up by the MV Vergelegen, and the whaleboat Kwagga. There is also information on the John H Marsh Maritime Research Centre, focusing on South Africa's maritime heritage.
The John Paul Jones Cottage Museum, Arbigland, Scotland portrays the life of The Father of the American Navy. The website gives information on his life, a brief history of the cottage, and how to support the John Paul Jones Birthplace Museum Trust. Displays in the Museum include a scale model of the 'Bonhomme Richard', and video presentations. The site also includes visitor information.
Brief information on Kinnaird Head, Scotland's Lighthouse Museum, is available on this website. Kinnaird Head, Fraserburgh was the first lighthouse built by the Commissioners for Northern Lighthouses in the 1780s, and is now used to tell Scotland's lighthouse story.
The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is centred upon the history of the Champlain Valley. The museum has three branches: the Museum at Basin Harbor; the Burlington Shipyard; and the Maritime Research Institute. The latter is engaged in the archaeological study of the lake's cultural resources, conservation of artifacts, historical research and outreach. Exhibits include replicas of the gunboat Philadelphia II and the War of 1812 American flagship Saratoga. The website provides users with information about the three sites, educational research programmes, and dates of special exhibitions for the current year.
The Lake Superior Marine Museum Association is a nonprofit organization incorporated to assist the Canal Park Marine Museum in Duluth to provide informative programs for marine enthusiasts and historians. The website includes information on the Association's journal, Nor'Easter, and membership, as well as a link to the Museum.
Built for Henry the Eighth, Landguard Fort Felixstowe is the only fort in England to have repelled a full scale invasion attempt. The website describes the Fort's history, defences, modifications during the centuries, and its reconstruction. The site includes a selection of images from the Royal Marines Museum and pictures of the renovation, together with information on rifled muzzle loading guns and one of the Governors of Landguard Fort, Captain Philip Thicknesse.
This is the website of the London Canal Museum, which is situated at King's Cross. The museum provides tours of narrow-boats and a history of London's canals, cargoes, tunnels and waterways. The website includes a section on each of London's canals (in the 'history' area); maps of UK canals and rivers from 1700-1800; a virtual tour of the museum; and information about the Ice House, which stored ice, imported from Norway. The ice house area also has a history of ice cream; information about Carlo Gatti (1817-1878), who is credited with first making ice cream available to the general public; and 'Ragazzo', an ebook about a fictional Italian child, Ragazzo, who, in 1848, was found abandoned in a London street by Gatti. The 'education' area has a teacher zone, learning zone and family zone, all of which provide activities, information, trails and worksheets for children.
The website 'Los Angeles Maritime Museum' is the homepage of this institution which was founded in 1980, and is situated in the former Municipal Ferry Terminal in the Port of Los Angeles. The seven galleries of exhibits explore the maritime history of Southern California. The site includes visitor information, together with information on the tugboat Angels Gate and brief information on the collections and research facilities.
The website 'Louvre' is the official homepage of the Louvre Museum in Paris. Information is provided about the museum's collections, opening hours, exhibitions, events and activity programmes. There is also information about the museum's history and the project The Grande Louvre, part of a larger project Les Grandes Travaux. The site is available in French, English, Chinese and Japanese. Sections for professionals, teachers and young people offer targeted information about the resources available and the latest news of the museum. Users are encouraged to create accounts which enable them to save their favourite images into albums; donate online; or receive the electronic Newsletter. An 'eye-opener' section provides interactive multimedia features for exploring the museum and some of its most renowned items, including the Mona Lisa. Cultural and educational activities organised at the Louvre, as well as detailed information about exhibitions (past, current, and future) are posted on the site. This is a highly valuable resource for teachers and students alike.
Through the Treasures in Full section of the British Library website, users can access a high quality digitised image of one of the four surviving copies of Magna Carta of 1215, with a full English translation of the original Latin text. This document is held by the British Library, shelfmark MS Cotton Augustus II 106. Anyone interested in history, citizenship and the development of human rights, whether student, researcher or academic, will be interested in the copy of Magna Carta made available through this website. Magna Carta is available here as a document image which is presented in a pop-up manuscript viewer, which can be used to zoom into sections of the document and to navigate around it. This permits close inspection of the text, which will be both interesting to the general viewer and useful for students of manuscript studies. However, it is not very useful for reading the document in sequence. The document is supplemented by a brief introduction that gives an account of events leading up to the signing of the Articles of the Barons at Runnymede and the subsequent production of Magna Carta. The translation also has supporting text on historical context and how the Magna Carta affected groups and individuals. In addition, users can view video clips of answers to frequently asked questions about the Magna Carta, which require Windows Media Player.
The Maine Maritime Museum, situated on the banks of the Kennebec River in Bath, was founded in 1962 to collect and preserve materials relating to the maritime history of Maine. The Museum comprises of gallery exhibits and an historic shipyard site. The site provides users with travel directions to the museum, admission charges and times, a list of available accommodation and other places of interest within the local area.
This is the online version of a guide written by Dr Richard J. Olney (Historical Manuscripts Commission) and published by the Institute of Historical Research in 1995. which aims to help those students without easy or regular access to the libraries or training programmes of the larger university history departments. The guide is aimed at postgraduate students at the start of a project that requires them to locate, assess and handle manuscripts. Although written primarily for students of history, it should prove useful to anybody who needs to find and use manuscripts in their research and will be particularly welcomed by researchers embarking on interdisciplinary or cultural studies projects. The content is divided in three main sections: Creation and Distribution; Finding and Using Sources; and Further Reading. Of these, the first two constitute the research guide as such, while the third is dedicated mainly to listing bibliographies, surveys and general reference works, guides to selected repositories, types or classes of records, subject areas, and so on.
The Nautical Museum is located on the Isle of Mann, and is a branch of the Manx National Heritage. The displays centre on the 18th Century armed yacht Peggy lying in her original boathouse. The site includes information on the Cabin Room, built in the form of a stern cabin of Nelson's day, and the Sailmaker's Loft. The site is part of the Manx National Heritage section of the Isle of Man Government website.
Established in 1975, the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes incorporates renovated historic shipyard structures, the Pump House Steam Museum, the retired ice breaker Alexander Henry, a library and a drydock which is being restored by the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Centre. Exhibits cover Lake Ontario shipwrecks, sail and steam, industrial archaeology and steam engine rooms. Research papers on the site include: a narrative description of the Archival Collections; the Kingston Dry Dock (with photographs and an extensive bibliography); the restoration of the steam launch Phoebe, with a photo archive; an introduction to the sources for the study of Great Lakes history at the National Archives of Canada; and government archives sources relating to marine casualties in Canada. The Finding Aids were produced by staff at the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston, and include access to information on the following; Port Arthur shipyards, German & Milne, Collingwood Shipyards, Upper Lakes Shipping, and the Vickers Shipyard Collection. The scope and content of the collection is described, as are the textual corporate records subgroup and the second subgroup of naval architectural drawings. A number of indexes and databases are available to search, and a sample of photographs relating to Canada Steamship Lines are included. The site also includes: visitor information; museum publications; a series of finding aids; MarHst-L, an international listserve for marine history; the Preserve Our Wrecks Photo Project; and brief details of educational programmes. Links to related websites and to companies which support the Marine Museum are included on the site.
The Dutch Naval Museum based at the former naval dockyards at Den Helder displays the history of the Royal Netherlands Navy from the Spanish Uprising in the sixteenth century onwards. The website gives details of three museum ships open to the public at Den Helder: the Minesweeper HNLMS Abraham Crijnssen, famed for its daring escape from the Japanese in WWII, the Submarine HNLMS Tonijn, the only Dutch submarine on permanent display to the public and the ironclad Schorpioen. Users can access ship histories of these vessels and technical data. The website also contains details of the collection of naval maintenance containing sections on the state dockyard `Willemsoord', and naval armaments facilities and naval and electronic facilities; a photo gallery; visitor information; and links to sites of further information.
This is the website of the Mariners' Museum, Newport News, Virginia, USA. This museum is the National maritime museum and on the website you can see highlights of the collections and exhibitions including: the USS Monitor artefacts (from the ironclad battleship of the American Civil War); the Chris-Craft collection; Captive Passage - The Transatlantic Slave Trade and the Making of the Americas; and the USS Monitor Center. There are extensive online resources for educators from the museum's programmes that include: the Birth of the US Navy; the Battle of the Atlantic, (Allied Naval Intelligence in the Second World War); Women and the Sea; The Age of Exploration (includes Christopher Columbus); and Waters of Despair, Waters of Hope - African-Americans; and the Chesapeake Bay: Our History and Our Future. There is detailed information and finding aids for the collections. You may search the catalogues of the collections of the library and research archives, and review visiting and research information, including brief descriptions of material comprising the photography collection; and the Elwin M. Eldredge Collection database which contains records for 352 American steamship companies. .
The Naval Museum focuses on the collection and conservation of artefacts that document the history and development of Sweden's Navy in the growth of Sweden as a Great Power during the 17th century, and developments in warship design and shipbuilding. The site includes information on ships available for viewing, admission and opening times; and is available in English and German, as well as Swedish.
Maritiem Museum Rotterdam is the oldest maritime museum in the Netherlands. Exhibitions include: WorldPort Rotterdam; inland shipping; and an activity section for children. Information on the website covers: the museum ship Buffel, a 19th-century turret-ram schip; the library; and visitor information. It is possible to search the joint collection of Maritiem Museum Rotterdam and Nederlands Scheepvaartmuseum Amsterdam. This Collection Search System is available in English and Dutch. Information about the museum is available in English, Dutch, French and German, via the main section of the homepage.
The Maritime Command Museum was established to preserve the military heritage of Canada's maritime forces, and is one of the Canadian Department of National Defence museums. The site includes information on the history of the museum; military uniforms from 18th to 20th Century; naval weapons, swords and guns; Canadian naval service medals; Canadian naval ships; the Battle of the Atlantic and WWII Convoys. Small images of items from the collections are offered on the site, although they cannot be enlarged. Visitor information is included.
The Maritime Museum of Sandusky is situated on the banks of Lake Erie in Ohio. Exhibits include the coal docks, fishermen and their boats, ice harvesting and ice boating. Passenger ferries featured on the site are the G.A. Boeckling, Cedar Point, CedarPoint I, Cedar Point II, Chippewa, Messenger, and Mascot. Also on the site is: an article about Lyman Boat Works; information about Sandusky Boat Works (the museum has a 1953 Sandusky Clipper on display); and photographs of boats built by the Inland Seas Boat company.
This is the site of the Maritime Museum of Tasmania, which holds Tasmania's largest and most varied collection of maritime artifacts with particular interest to Tasmanian maritime history, from the earliest of times to the present technology of ship building. The collection includes over 10,000 photographs and numerous paintings representing colonial sail traders, whaleboats, warships, ketches, river steamers and modern catamarans. Information available on the site includes a history of the Museum, and links to Educational resources (available freely in Word format), covering topics such as immigration and whaling; the history of the May Queen, the oldest trading vessel still afloat in Australia; and details of current exhibitions. There are also links to sites of further interest.
The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is the the marine history division of the Nova Scotia Museum a family of 26 museums operated by the Province of Nova Scotia. It is the oldest and largest Maritime Museum in Canada, focusing on the marine history of Nova Scotia, including the Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian merchant marine, Nova Scotia small craft and local shipwrecks over the period 1850 to the present. The collection contains artifacts, images, charts and plans relating to aspects of maritime life. The site includes information on exhibitions, including an exhibit on the Titanic, with links to fact sheets and further information; and the Library, with a Research Page relating to the SS Titanic.
The Maritime Museum of San Diego's collections include the six historic vessels: 'Star of India', 'Berkeley', 'Californian', 'Medea', 'Pilot' and HMS 'Surprise' (the ship used in the academy award winning film, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World starring Russell Crowe, based on Patrick O'Brian's books about Captain 'Lucky' Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin). Users can read a detailed history of each. The site also includes visitor information; upcoming events; an index from 1964 onwards to the quarterly journal Mains'l Haul published by the museum; the Museum's School Education Programme; and the MacMullen Library and Research Archives.
The Maritime Museum, situated in Kingston Upon Hull, contains a collection of paintings, artefacts and models relating to maritime history. Onsite is the address and opening hours of the museum. This page is part of the Kingston Upon Hull City Council website.
The website of Southampton Maritime Museum, which is run by Southampton City Council, provides basic visitor information, including contact details and opening hours. There are details of its exhibitions, including the Titanic exhibition: RMS Titanic sailed from Southampton and most of her crew lived in the town. Opened in 1966 in a former wool house, Southampton Maritime Museum tells the story of this town and port since the Victorian period. This is a fairly basic resource and as it is part of the council website it is not always easy to navigate.
This site, part of the Sussex Archaeological Society website, provides information concerning Marlipins Museum. The Museum explores Shoreham's local and maritime history, and is run by the Sussex Archaeological Society. Displays include models and maritime paintings. Visitor information is included.
Brief information on Maryport Maritime Museum is available on the VisitCumbria website. The museum focuses on Maryport's maritime heritage, and exhibits include paintings and models, as well as displays about Fletcher Christian and Thomas Ismac, owner of the Titanic.
Founded in 1921, the McCord Museum of Canadian History reflects the efforts of private collector David Ross McCord (1844-1930) to amass a significant set of historical documents, artworks, archaelogical finds and cultural artifacts that would present a general image of aboriginal, colonial and modern Canadian history. The museum is also located in Montreal and connected to the city's one-time history as the most important urban centre in the country. Altogether, the museum possesses over 1,370,000 manuscripts, objects and images, spanning the 11th to the 21st centuries. It has working ties with faculty at McGill and Concordia Universities. The site provides visiting information for teachers (who will also appreciate special events for students, onsite games, the McCord's school outreach efforts and EduWeb, a special subsite with many teaching resources) and members of the public. Researchers will benefit both from the museum's colloquia and from bursaries set up to support scholarly work on the collections. A site search engine permits users to search the museum's past and current exhibits, alongside an online database of 130,000 images. Users can store their image searches. There is also a function which allows site visitors to turn images into E-mail postcards. Advanced searches for serious research are possible, as is casual browsing by themes relevant to those studying in such fields as fashion; cultural studies; art history; folklore; Canadian history; ethnology; and archaeology. These well-integrated browsing capabilities are bolstered by several beautiful online animated exhibitions, entitled Thematic Tours. These range from medical history to aboriginal relations with the state, and from confederation to Aislin's scathing political cartoons, thus spanning Canada's founding history and the outcome of that history in contemporary affairs.
The Merseyside Maritime Museum's collections focus on the international importance of Liverpool as a gateway to the world, including the city's role in the transatlantic slave trade and emigration. The website includes information on transatlantic slavery, with links to the newly established International Slavery Museum (ISM). The site also contains a bibliography on the transatlantic slave trade, and links to sites of further interest; information on the archives and library (which contains UK merchant shipping records); and a feature on the Battle of the Atlantic and the role of the Merchant Navy, as well as Liverpool. Visitor information is included.
This page is part of the Cornwall Online website. The Museum mainly depicts local history, with some artefacts and tools from the fishing and boat building communities. The building itself was used in the 18th century to construct and repair vessels for smuggling, and most of the roof supports are spars from such ships. The Museum also portrays the imprisonment of captured smugglers. Visitor information is included.
This website, from the Military Historical Museums in Pleven, Bulgaria, provides free online access to information about the town's military and museum history. The town is regarded as 'a memorial town and a town-museum' because of 'the Russo-Turkish War 1877-1878, which brought Bulgaria back to the maps of Europe and of the world' and because 'Pleven was of a great military, political and strategic importance'. The website presents some information on the town's history, but its focus is on the various military museums in the locality. There are links to information about a number of different museums - including various photographs. Moreover, there is a collection of photographs covering both the museums' housing and some of their collections.
Located in County Cork in Ireland, the visitor centre is located at the site of the Mizen Head Signal Station, which was constructed between 1899 and 1903. It replaced an earlier lighthouse, which was used from 1854 to 1891 and was built after the American liner SS Stephen Whitney sank off Crookhaven. This site provides a history of the signal station, which includes its construction; information about the attractions at the visitor centre, such as a navigational aids simulator, and an automatic weather station; a description of the Mizen Peninsula; and also details of the climate, modern navigational techniques and weather data collection and forecasting. Opening hours and contact details and provided.
This site provides brief information on Musée de la Marine, located in Paris. One of the oldest maritime museums in the world, it was created in 1748. The collection focuses on shipbuilding and navigation, with uniforms, arms, navigation instruments, objects of everyday life, surgeons' equipment, ex-voto models, narratives and work by the ivory-carvers of Dieppe. The museum has an extensive collection of models, canons, and other objects related to seafaring down through the ages, and in particular relating to the French Navy. In particular, it has models from the 17th century (the earliest is by Colbert in 1678) down through the present day. Brief visitor information is included, as well as advertising.
The Web Site of the Musée nationale du Moyen Age - the National Museum of the Middle Ages is a richly illustrated site in French, English and Spanish. It provides information on the stunning collections, as well as on the museum's opening times, activities, and contact details. The title of the museum seems somewhat restrictive, when one considers that the museum is located within the Gallo-Roman baths dating from the 1st-3rd centuries CE. The second part of the museum is housed in the renowned Cluny Abbey. The collections include exhibits from: antiquity and early middle ages; the romanesque world; gothic sculpture; goldsmiths' work and ivory; tapestries and embroideries; paintings, miniatures, and stained glass; and everyday life. Among them are examples of the famed mille fleurs style of tapestries, including the renowned six Lady and the Unicorn pieces. This is a wonderful site to explore and can be used for French or Spanish language teaching as an excellent aid to vocabulary, as well as a historical source for those studying the Medieval/Early Modern period or French history.
Contained in this Museum are the archaeological remains of five ships known as the ships of Fiumicino. Details provided about the ships include the history of their discovery, wooden shipbuilding, daily life on board and ship equipment. There is also information about the Port of Claudius during Imperial Roman times, and museum visiting hours. This page is part of the Navis project which aims to create an international database for the ancient ships of Europe. It is supported by the European Commission Directorate General X.
The Maritime Museum of Barcelona is managed by the Consortium of the Shipyards of Barcelona. The website includes information on the Museum and its history, as well as its collections (these include ship models, navigation instruments, and the maritime pictorial collection); publications, and the historic vessel collection. It is also possible to do a tour of the permanent exhibitions of the Museum through a virtual itinerary. Information is also available on current research and restoration projects, and the Maritime Documentation Centre (which includes a book and periodicals library, an archive, and cartographic and image collections). The site is available in English, Catalan, Spanish, and French.
The Museum of World War II, Inc., is a private museum located in the United States, containing material from the Second World War. The site includes a virtual tour of the collection, and brief details about the collections. Visitors are requested to book visits, and contact information is provided.
The Nairn Museum includes collections from the former Fishertown Museum, (which told the story of the people who lived and worked in the Fishertown of Nairn). Displays include photographs, sea charts, boatbuilding and fishing gear, and a reconstruction of a fisherman's house. The site includes brief information on the local fishing industry.
The Podcasts webpage from The National Archives provides free access to a range of podcasts based on talks and lectures given there on historical and archival issues. Some of the podcasts are given by prominent historians, including Professors David Carpenter, Barry Coward and Richard Holmes, whilst others are given by staff of The National Archives. Celebrities such as Colin Jackson also comment on their involvement in TV genealogy programmes. Topics covered include Immigration, the creation of Iraq, Magna Carta, Richard III, Henry VIII, as well as sources for various problems facing family historians such as wills and workhouses. These podcasts are an excellent resource and will be useful to students, researchers and family historians, especially those who are new to the selected topic. As the podcasts are taken from talks, the speaker sometimes refers to illustrations which the online user cannot see. The podcasts can be sorted by title; the sort by date facility does not work.
The National D-Day Museum is based in New Orleans, and was founded in 2000. The site focuses on the historical events leading up D-Day on 6 June 1944, and the invasion of occupied France by Allied Forces, and includes information on the history of D-Day and World War II. There is also information on the museum and exhibits. The museum collection includes photographs, newspapers, recruitment posters, letters, weapons, uniforms, equipment, and models of aircraft and warships. There is also a search engine.
This is the Web portal for the online digital collections offered by The National Library of Australia. Collections include... "pictures, rare historical maps, early Australian printed music, manuscripts belonging to famous Australians, selected printed works from our Australian and overseas collections, and selected audio recordings". The website offers simple navigation of the collections by media type, or by a keyword search engine. At May 2009 the website offers open access to: 1,700 books, journals and ephemera items; 100,500 pictures online; 7,225 online maps; 8,800 items from the manuscript collection; 10,800 printed music items; and 40,000 hours of recorded oral history, stories and folk songs. The website also has detailed accounts of the process and progress of the various digitisation projects at the National Library of Australia. This will be a useful website for historians of Australia, the British Empire, and the Commonwealth.
Passengers is a Web page about a National Maritime Museum exhibition which documented the historical development of passenger vessels and companies alongside personal stories and experiences of travellers. Three topics were featured - Why Travel By Sea?, Life Aboard Ship and Passenger Ships. The Why Travel By Sea? topic covered: Leaving the Hardships of Home; For Work and Duty (troopships, armed merchant cruisers and hospital ships during wartime, such as 'Uganda', 'Aquitania', 'Garth Castle', 'Plassy' and 'Carnarvon Castle'); and For Pleasure (featuring vessels such as 'Montclare', 'Viceroy of India', 'City of Rome', 'Chusan' and 'Orizaba'). The topic Life Aboard Ship covered: The Experience of Sea Travel; Class; Entertainment (some 26 exhibits, for example entertainment on board 'Transvaal Castle', 'Windsor Castle' and 'Armadale Castle'); Food; and Interiors/Accommodation. Passenger Ships looks at: From Sail to Steam; The Great Liners ('Titanic', 'Mauretania', 'Queen Mary', 'Queen Elizabeth' and 'Canberra'); Ruling the Waves (some 30 exhibits featuring 'United States', 'Bremen' and 'Great Britain'); and Disaster at Sea. Users can also access the information through an atlas, timeline or search facility.
Situated in a landmark building in Falmouth, the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, has a rich range of artefacts relating to maritime history, including the national collection of small boats - over 140 small watercraft from Britain and overseas. The Museum's 12 state-of-the-art galleries each focus on unique aspects of nautical life. In addition the museum houses the Bartlett Library, a wide-ranging, publicly accessible collection of maritime reference material; there is however no online catalogue: scholars must write to the librarians for information. For researchers, the site offers an overview of the Museum's historic collections; and in its 'Curator's Choices' section there are posted scanned images of paintings, photographs, objects, diaries and other relevant materials. Notably, there are materials here that relate to Sir Ernest Shackleton (1874-1922). Each image is accompanied by a detailed explanatory essay which will prove to be a helpful starting point for study. Teaching programs in the form of pre-structured workshops at the museum are discussed in the 'Learning' section of the site. Alongside visitor information, the site includes a selection of interactive games, donation policies and educational resources. Current exhibitions, displays, lectures, workshops, special events and a dinner program are all described and past events are archived. The site has its own search engine and is on the whole attractive and rational in its design.
The Museum is located in the former Mariners' Church, Dún Laoghaire, designed to accommodate the seafarers whose vessels sought shelter in the asylum harbour of Kingstown. Exhibits include: an officers barge captured during the French invasion of 1796; a working optic from Baily lighthouse in Howth, North Dublin; artefacts relating to the 'Great Eastern' and her Irish Captain Halpin, such as a clockwork model of the ship; models, photos, documents, and uniforms connected with the history of the Irish naval service; and the merchant vessel 'Kerlogue', which was active during the Second World War.
The US National Museum of Naval Aviation focuses on historical aircraft of the American Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Aviation. TIts website includes information on the exhibits, such as displays of US uniforms, aircraft, underwater archaeology, WWI and WWII, and photographs of recent aircraft carriers, battleships, and aircraft. There is also a link to the Library, which houses a collection of books, periodicals, photographs, technical manuals, and personal papers relating to the history of naval aviation.
The US National Museum of the Pacific War focuses on the Pacific Theatre battles of World War II. The website includes information on the museum's exhibitions and events, and a history of the Pacific War. It includes an animated map traces the Pacific War of World War II through such battles as those of the Coral Sea, Leyte Gulf and Midway, as well as Guadalcanal and Pearl Harbour.
The 'Virtually The National Valve Museum' Web pages brings together articles and exhibits from a wide range of sources on the Internet; these are arranged in the following sections: Museums; Articles; Exhibits; Equivalents; and Time Line. The valves have been photographed and a description written and by clicking on the number of an exhibit, the details of each valve may be accessed. E.g. the HMS Collingwood page and the HMS Collingwood Museum page contains exhibits related to Naval communications and radar. These include the John Lawrence collection of valves and equipment, and a collection of vintage domestic wireless sets. Those interested in the museum need to phone for an appointment and the contact telephone number and address are provided.
The website 'The Naval Museum of Alberta' includes information on the museum and its collections, the latter divided into the themes of: weapons; naval aircraft; RCN ships; Korean War; WRCNS; and Battle of the Atlantic. There is also information on the archives which are open to the public by appointment only, and the library, which does not lend its materials, though the facilities are available to the public for research purposes by appointment. The site also contains links to further information, and visitor information.
The website 'Naval Museum of Manitoba' contains information on the museum, the goal of which is to promote the history of Canada's Navy, especially as it pertains to those Manitobans who have served with the Navy. The focus is on the Second World War, and the Battle of the Atlantic. Information on the site includes a discussion forum; a database of RCN ship photos; a gallery of MTB photos; information on the HMCS 'Uganda' and HMCS 'Quebec'; RCN ship's badges and cap tallies; a naval quiz; Canadian WWII merchant ship losses; photos of naval aviation; web links to sites of further information, and visitor information.
The Naval Museum of Quebec website provides information about the Museum itself and about the Naval Reserves, Canadian naval history and the events that have shaped it (for example the battles of Saint Lawrence). Photographs of vessels are included and interactive tools are provided. The website is available in both French and English.
The Naval War College is based on Rhode Island in Newport, America, and focuses on naval warfare. As well as the history of the College the site includes information on the museum's permanent exhibitions such as the naval heritage of Narragansett Bay and the development of sea warfare, as well as a PDF of an exhibition to celebrate the bicentenary of the Battle of Trafalgar. There is also the College Library.
Housed in the National Naval Depot, the Netherlands Maritime Museum tells the story of the maritime past of the Netherlands. The site includes information on the Dutch East Indiaman 'Amsterdam'; panoramic tours of the replica require the QuickTime plugin. It is possible to search the joint collection of Maritiem Museum Rotterdam and Nederlands Scheepvaartmuseum Amsterdam. Visitor information is included.
Nelson's Dockyard Museum is situated in Antigua, and is the last remaining example of a Georgian Naval Dockyard. Details of the history of the dockyard are outlined on this site which includes: the establishment of the dockyard by the British in 1725; its importance during the Napoleonic Wars with the French, 1790-1815; and its subsequent use until 1889. This page is part of a website about Museums in Antigua and Barbuda.
Netting the Bay is an online exhibition dedicated to the history, traditions and people who have fished Morecombe Bay, the Irish Sea and beyond for centuries. The site includes information on the history of deep sea fishing, inshore fishing, and coastal fishing around the town of Fleetwood, and images of fishermen, families, crews, catch, and trawlers. In the Galleries section of the site, there are past and present images of fishing people, the boats they used and their equipment, as well as information and images concerning marine life, natural history, and ecology, in and around Morecombe Bay. The site also includes a Fishing Quiz, and the chance to experience through words and pictures, life as a deep sea, inshore, or coastal fisherman. There are also links to information on the two museums behind the exhibition, Fleetwood Museum and the Lancaster Maritime Museum, and a Teachers' Centre for resources centred around the site.
The New Bedford Whaling Museum is devoted to the historic interaction of humans with whales worldwide. The Museum explores the history of whaling worldwide and the rich cultures - and conservation issues - it inspired. Information on the site includes the extensive collection of art, artefacts, and manuscripts pertaining to American whaling in the age of sail; and the Kendall Institute, the academic studies and research division of the Museum. Further information comprises the American whaling industry, current programmes, links to other site about whaling and details for visitors.
The New Jersey Naval Museum is situated at Hackensack, New Jersey and is operated by the Submarine Memorial Association. It is the home to the USS LING, a Balao class WWII submarine. It is possible to take a virtual trip around the submarine, using Flash. The site includes information about upcoming events; exhibits; links to related and educational sites and a list of submarine losses. General information as to opening hours and group tours is provided.
The New Zealand National Maritime Museum is based on the waterfront of Downtown Auckland. It includes a theatre, 14 main exhibition galleries, heritage vessels, an education program and research and library facilities. Collections and exhibitions are concerned with the maritime heritage of New Zealand and the Pacific. Vessels berthed in the museum's marina include a 1926 steam floating crane, a brigantine and a scow. Users can access details of the educational programme, offering students the chance to help sail an historic vessel or rig a mast and sails. The website also has details of cruises and special packages offered for functions. The site contains frames.
The Newport Harbor Nautical Museum, Newport Beach, California, was established by the local community, who wished to preserve Newport's maritime history. Information is provided on the galleries, as well as events, newsletters, and membership. Details for visitors are included.
Opened in 2002, the Norfolk Nelson Museum is situated in Great Yarmouth. The site contains details of Nelson's associations with Norfolk, for Nelson was born in Burnham Thorpe in Norfolk and schooled in North Walsham. A historical background to the building in which the museum is housed is also included. There are selected images of museum exhibits and some links to related sites. Opening times for the museum are listed on the site.
The North Carolina Maritime Museum documents, collects, preserves, and researches the maritime history, and its corollary natural history, of coastal North Carolina for the purpose of interpreting this history through educational services and exhibits. The website provides information on the Museum's history and organisation along with details of the Education, Administrative and Maritime Branches. Details of the former includes the Cape Lookout Studies Program, while details of the latter include collections information and the collections policy. Collections include cultural artefacts and fish specimens, photographs, indigenous boats, uniforms of the US Lifesaving Service and US Coast Guard, lifesaving gear and ephemera, fishing gear, decoys, boat models and half-hulls, a Fresnel lens, woodworking tools, nets, sea chests, and maritime paintings and prints. The website also includes information on: Blackbeard the pirate and the wreck of Queen Anne's Revenge; special exhibits; the boatbuilding programme; activities; and a calendar of events.
The Northumberland Archives Service website details the resources available to researchers that are held at the County offices. These resources are not themselves available online, but the site does provide extensive guidelines as to how to conduct local history and genealogical searches. The opening times for the county archives are given, as well as a form to order research for the benefit of those that cannot get to the offices in person. Anyone thinking of conducting research in or on Northumberland should look at this site before starting, in order to find out what resources are available. The site also includes a link to the Northumberland section of the Genuki genealogical information pages.
This is the homepage of the Old Library at Bishop's University in Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada. The Old Library holds books and archival materials related to the history of Canada and especially of the Eastern Townships, an old Anglo community which occupies former seigneuries south of the Saint Lawrence River and the United States border. The site provides an online archival catalogue of available fonds. These sources include: the Mackinnon and Scowen Collections ; 19th century publications; town and parish histories; catalogues for births, deaths and marriages; Canadian nominal census returns: civil status registers; Eastern Townships newspapers; the archives of the university; the Eastern Townships Research Centre; and the records of the Anglican Church Diocese of Québec. Rules for access and contact details for the archivists are provided.
Marking the two hundred years since Parliament passed the Act that abolished the British Slave Trade, this website illustrates the role that the government played in slavery. Created by the Parliamentary Archives and the 24 Hour Museum (now known as Culture24), this well laid out and informative site makes good use of documents and images, including paintings, cartoons and artefacts. The emphasis is on learning and users from schoolchildren to historians will be able to find out more about the slave trade at their own pace. The History and Explore sections use digitised documents to discuss the background to the transatlantic slave trade, the role of Parliament and the abolition movement. In the Your Voice section, users can post comments, check whether their ancestors signed the slavery petitions and listen to an interview with Kwame Kwei-Armah. The Learning pages provide guidance for schoolchildren to create citizenship and history projects; teachers can register to create an interactive resource. There is a timeline, glossary and information about an exhibition held at Westminster Hall until 23 September 2007, where many of these documents can be seen.
This research guide, produced by the National Maritime Museum (NMM), is part of a series intended to help people who wish to carry out their own research. The guide lists some of the NMM's photographic material (original photos, or photographs of plans, pictures or models) showing ships that have sailed to Australia and New Zealand.
Paths of Memory is the website of this multinational project focusing on the First and Second World Wars and the Spanish Civil War, and the effects of these conflicts on Europe. It is also a meditation on memory, how different nations remember and celebrate a common past. Each section explores the themes of Military Operations, the Home Front and the War Effort, Occupation, and Liberation. Each war has a very good description, accompanied by illustrations and maps. A place index, also grouped according to the three major wars discussed, allows a different approach to the rich material on the site. For each place selected from the alphabetical list, a detailed text comprising the related events and peoples is offered. The site is available in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. The partner institutions are: Le Mémorial de Caen (France); Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Bonn, Germany); D-Day Museum Portsmouth; Centre Guerres et Sociétés Contemporaines (Bruxelles, Belgium); Museo de la Paz (Gernika-Luma, Spain); Istituto per i Beni Culturali (Bologne, Italy).
Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum is a collection of US Navy vessels, a US Coast Guard ship, and a US diesel submarine. The site includes information on ships and naval aviation from WWII, with links to histories and photographs from their service; the journal of an ensign on a Coast Guard Cutter during WW2; information on the congressional Medal of Honor Society; maritime and naval history displays; Vietnam aviation and patrol boats; and the Navy Advance Tactical Support Base.
The Marine Paintings and Drawings section of the website of the Peabody Essex Museum focuses on a percentage of the 25,000 marine paintings, drawings, and prints at the museum, that are catalogued. The archive currently contains 80 images available as JPEG files, through an on-line catalogue. The catalogue is organised alphabetically by artist, and artist and subject indexes are also provided.
The Portsmouth Historic Dockyard encompasses six visitor attractions at the Portsmouth Dockyard. On their website details are provided about each of these which are: the 'Mary Rose' the Tudor warship which had thousands of items on board when she sank; HMS 'Victory' the oldest warship in the world in continuous commission and the most famous of all sailing warships; HMS 'Warrior' built in 1860, she was essentially the world's first iron battleship and the largest, fastest, most heavily armed, warship ever built; the Royal Naval Museum containing a rich collection of artefacts including ship models, figureheads, swords, uniforms and medals; warships by water, a 40 minute boat tour of the modern Naval Base; the Dockyard Apprentice, a hands on exhibition displaying the skills used in building the great Dreadnought class battleships; and Action Stations, with displays about the Navy today. Included is visitor information such as admission charges and special events.
This is the website for the Queensland Maritime Museum in Brisbane, Australia. The museum was founded in 1971 and contains a variety of ship models, including historic sailing ships, tankers and cruise liners as well as many maritime maps. The steam tug Forceful, the only remaining working coal-fired steam tug in Queensland, is berthed at the Museum wharf and there are regular sailings down the Brisbane River. The HMAS Diamantina (a River Class Frigate) is in dry dock and on board visitors can view the Museum's collection of Australian Naval memorabilia. The website contains sections on both these boats, with pictures, specifications and histories of wartime service.
Rendez-vous with the Sea was an exhibition held at the Peabody Essex Museum, focusing on the linking of French identity to the sea, through more than 170 works of maritime art from the Musée de la Marine. The exhibition's themes are presented as: a history of the Collection; Extolling the King's Navy, concerning the official navy painters; In the Public Eye, concerning the influence of the maritime world on public life and fashion; Into the Unknown, about the navigator Jean-François de Galaup, Comte de La Pérouse, and oceanographer Jacques-Yves Cousteau; and Life Below Decks in the French Navy of the 17th and 18th Centuries.
The website "Research guide A5: Picture research at the National Maritime Museum" was produced by the National Maritime Museum as part of a series intended to help people who wish to carry out their own research. It provides an introduction to picture research tools and is divided into the following sections: major sources; other useful sources; researching named vessels or vessels by type; and researching historical photographs or ship plans.
The website of the Ribe Viking Museum, Denmark, provides information about their Viking exhibitions including a replica of a Viking age ship. There are also visitor details and links to related sites. The site is also available in German and Danish.
This is the website of the Royal Armouries. The national collection of arms and armour is held at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds. Lesser collections are held at the Tower of London and at Fort Nelson (one of the forts built around Portsmouth in the 1860s to guard the Dockyard from the threat of French invasion). The collection includes a large quantity of munition arms from the middle of the 16th century up until the middle of the 19th century. There are also about 1,650 paintings, prints, drawings, and photographs of arms and armour subjects. Highlights of the collection include about 500 pieces of archery equipment, including longbows excavated from the Mary Rose; and weapons and instruments of torture claimed to have been taken from the Spanish invasion Armada of 1588. On the site are details of the library collections at the three sites; an education section including programmes available and student worksheets (PDF); Royal Armouries publications; recent news; items available from the shop for purchase; and visitor details.
The website Royal Marines Museum introduces this museum based in Southsea, dedicated to the preservation and presentation of all aspects of Royal Marines history for the education and enjoyment of the general public. The Museum tells the story of the Corps from 1644 to the present day. Displays include information on Hannah Snell (who served as a Marine in the 1740s), all 10 Royal Marine Victoria Crosses, uniforms, an audiovisual show on the Falklands Campaign and the Royal Marines Band Service. Visitor information is included. The monthly showcase highlights an item from the museum's collections, in a PDF file with images and explanations. The online exhibition "The Liberation of Walcheren 1944" is created with the Polderhuis Museum is dedicated to D-Day and military operations around it, namely capturing the Dutch island of Walcheren. Another online exhibition available at the time of cataloguing is "The Making of the Royal Marines Commando".
This website provides information about the Royal Naval Museum. Current exhibitions include: The Story of HMS 'Victory'; Trafalgar; Horatio Nelson: The Hero and the Man; The Sailing Navy; and The Royal Navy in the 20th Century. Permanent collections include artefacts (medals, uniforms, weapons, ship relics, floating craft, personal memorabilia); fine art (including Rowlandson caricatures); manuscripts; oral history (including interviews of personal experiences in war and peace of naval life in the 20th Century); photographic; and the Women's Royal Naval Service (WRNS). The website also includes links and information to education, publications, visitor information, the library, the Wolfson Research Centre, a shop and conference listings.
This site focuses on the history of the RNPS, a branch of the Royal Navy active during the Second World War. The RNPS used AS (anti-submarine) and minesweeping vessels to protect convoys during WWII. The site includes information on the association; a history of the RNPS; links to sites of further interest; a catalogue of RNPS books; a memorial to the men of the RNPS; and Museum. (This part of the site includes information on the library, and visitor details. It is advisable to contact the museum to check opening times.)
This site contains information on the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, such as events and programmes; the Visitor Center; current exhibitions; access to the Park's catalogue records and digital images; and a survey of the Park's collections. The Park contains historic vessels and the website contains information six small boats from the collection; the yawls 'Fort Ross', 'Joe Leathers', and 'Blue Pilot'; the Norwegian pram; the 'Tule Splitter', and a cod fishing dory. The Park contains a Maritime Museum and the J. Porter Shaw Library. The Museum section of the site provides information about events at the Museum and the current exhibit. There is information about the Library, which focuses on sail and steam on the West Coast and in the Pacific Basin, including details of holdings and manuscripts, such as the American President Lines Records. It is possible to take a virtual tour of the Park's current Museum exhibit, Sparks, Waves and Wizards, Communications at Sea.
The Search Station offers multimedia access to highlights from the National Maritime Museum collections and aims to overcome the problem of the Museum only being able to physically display a small number of its objects at any one time. The Search Station currently features these themed highlights: Exploration; Maritime Art; Horatio Nelson; Passengers; Sea, Stars and Time; and Trade and Empire. The Search Station currently contains over 1800 objects. Users can also access the information through an atlas, timeline or search facility. Two versions are available: a text and images only version or an enhanced Shockwave/Flash version, requiring the Shockwave plug-in.
This is the homepage of the archives and special collections at the University of Québec at Montréal (UQAM), Canada. Founded in 1969, the same year that its host Francophone public university was established, this department houses the archives of the university in two sections, with one devoted to the administration of the university and the other dedicated to the history of the institution. Three archival guides (thematic, alphabetic and numeric) explain the contents of university records. Previous archival guides are listed and information for purchasing them is provided. A researcher's guide (Guide du chercheur) for the whole collection is posted online in PDF format.
But the real gems buried here are the private archives, elaborated upon in the researcher's guide, but also properly detailed in a separate archival list. These are fonds which document research undertaken at the university or figures connected to the university, in sciences, sports, arts and letters. The arts and letters section particularly testifies to a vibrant, creative period in French Canadian society in the mid-to-late 20th century. Over 40 fonds include papers of leading provincial artists, painters, writers, playwrights, actors, poets, journalists and dancers, including holdings on: the Québec writer Hubert Aquin (1929-1977); the Canadian artist Marcel Barbeau (1925-); the avant-garde poet Guy Delahaye; correspondence between Jean-Claude Dussault and the poet and playwright Claude Gauvreau (1925-1971); and the actor, director and writer Claude Jutra (1930-1986). There are collections on French Canadian academic, professional and business associations. There is also another rich source base here for researchers on provincial political parties and movements; theatre; and a large pamphlet collection with an earliest publication date of 1771.
The site additionally describes the history of the archives, its annual reports, and its extensive and award-winning mandate for computerized accessiblity, photocopying and rules for access. Some search requests require a username and password. The site is entirely in French and navigation is fairly finicky.
The Shoah Memorial website offers a range of resources for those studying the Holocaust. Features include: a multimedia encyclopaedia of the Holocaust (or in Hebrew, the Shoah); a timeline of key events between 1933, when Hitler became Chancellor of Germany, and the end of the Second World War in 1945; information about relevant publications; and details of the Contemporary Jewish Documentation Center (CDJC) which is housed within the Shoah Memorial premises. The CDJC's database of French Shoah victims and Jewish resistance fighters is available to be searched online. The site also provides information on the Memorial's educational programme, including an online interactive activity aimed at 8-11 year olds (this requires a Flash plug-in). The original version of the site is in French, though most materials have also been translated into English. This site provides a helpful introduction to the Holocaust, along with one or two more specialised resources for more advanced students.
In its early years the Society of Antiquaries of London acted as a centre for gathering information on archaeological discoveries and historical objects in private hands. Many items were drawn for its meetings and publications in the 18th and 19th centuries and as a result its library holds the most important national collection of historic drawings of portable antiquities found in Britain. The Catalogue of Drawings and Museum Objects consists of an online database of over 5,000 drawings and museum objects from the Society's collections. The database also includes images of over 3,000 of these items together with over 600 objects from the Society's museum collection. A wide variety of objects are represented, including everything from prehistoric weapons and tools to Medieval pottery and eighteenth-century portraits. The drawings have been taken from albums compiled in rough subject divisions in the 1840s. The database includes a number of objects that are now in national museums and, at the other end of the spectrum, a number of important objects which are now missing (e.g. the Anglo-Saxon Witham bowl). The site is easily navigable through the standard ADS interface and users are required to accept the ADS terms and conditions prior to accessing the resource. The database can be accessed either fully through the comprehensive search interface or the images alone can be browsed via the Gallery option. The search interface allows gradual access to the full data records and images and includes thumbnails where images are present (though users should be aware that full record details and images appear in pop-up windows). The catalogue is a large and valuable resource for researchers not only for the artefacts that it depicts but also for the artistic depictions themselves.
St Barbe Museum, Lymington preserves the heritage and culture of the parishes in the coastal strip between the New Forest and The Solent. The site provides information on the galleries, which include the 'Sea to Land' gallery, an exhibition programme and visitor details. There are also links to articles on British maritime painting, that include 'Marine Painting in Britain in the 18th Century,' and 'Charles Brooking (1723 - 1759) - A Short Biography.'
Strandingsmuseum St. George is a Danish maritime museum, focussing on life on the west coast of Jutland, and artefacts from shipwrecks, including that of two 19th Century Royal Navy ships, HMS 'St. George' and HMS 'Defence'. The site comprises information on the museum, such as its collections and visitor information; the wreck of HMS 'St. George', including a map, a history of the shipwreck, wreck salvage and exploration, and a bibliography; and the Centre of Marine Archaeology, containing an alphabetical listing of the positions of approximately 1,000 wrecks in the North Sea. The website is available in English, Danish, and German.
This site contains information on the Teignmouth and Shaldon Museum. The museum includes displays of information relating to maritime, boat builders, and bathing machines. There is also information about the historical society, and visitor information.
The Tibetan and Himalayan Digital Library was founded in 2000 by the University of Virginia Library and the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities. It provides free access to a vast array of academic resources relating to the history, culture and politics of the nations of Tibet and the Himalayas. These include a large collection of online reference materials (dictionaries, maps, gazetters, encyclopedias and timelines of key events) as well as online religious Buddhist texts, some full text journals (including the The Journal of the International Association of Tibetan Studies); online images and links to courses and scholarly discussion forums. The main countries covered include: Tibet; Nepal and Bhutan. Key topics are Tibetan Buddhism (including some background coverage of the role of Tibetan Monks and the Dalai Lama); Tibetan studies, anthropology, religion and culture of the Himalayas region. Some materials are offered in Tibetan languages.
The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic has what is generally recognized as the world's finest collection of wooden artefacts from the Titanic. Halifax was the closest major port to the sinking. This page, part of the Museum's Research and Enquiries section, contains guides of information on the following subjects: Titanic: the Unsinkable Ship and Halifax; Titanic passenger and crew list; Titanic victims buried in Halifax; Titanic Remembered by Alan Ruffman: References and Credits; Titanic Frequently Asked Questions; and links to sites of further interest.
This page is part of the Devonmuseums.net website about Topsham Museum, Exeter. The museum's presentation on maritime history (the River Gallery, completed in 2007) has been long listed for The Art Fund Prize 2008. It features unique historic river craft, from the River Exe, Devon. Visitor information is provided for this gallery and the furnished period rooms of the house, the Sail Loft with its historical timeline of the town's general history, and memorabilia of the film star Vivien Leigh.
This site describes the Unique Collections at Concordia University in Montréal, Québec, Canada. This department holds private papers, manuscripts, donated documents, and rare books. The site provides a detailed description of each special collection, including: 80 antique maps, showing early cartographers' work in Upper and Lower Canada; the Azrieli Holocaust collection, with European sources and references to Canadian anti-Semitism and Canadian war-time refugee internment camps; first editions of the works of the English playwright Christopher Fry; Canadian and American political cartoons; letters and books of D'arcy McGee, one of Canada's Fathers of Confederation; an international gay and lesbian literature collection from the 19th and 20th centuries; a collection of Hilaire Belloc's first editions; sources on silent era cinema; documents and manuscripts from the papers of the poet Irving Layton; donated private libraries from Lillian Davies and Dr. Max Stern; the records of the non-Francophone interest group Participation Québec, which was active from 1976-1981; a series of Canadian collections dealing with Québec politics and bilingualism in the 20th century; the Rochlin collection on South African political and trade union organizations from 1912 to 1960; and the Hannah Masonic collection. Details for researchers regarding rules of access are provided.
This web page lists the special collections held by the University of Huddersfield library. Each collection is described, and linked documents contain a wide variety of other information, varying from simple lists of items held in the collection, to searchable databases of the material. Key collections include: the extensive social and economic history library of statistician G.H. Wood; historical books on diet and nutrition donated by nutritionist John Yudkin; collections of Yorkshire parish histories, records, maps and theses; the Wesley Historical Society (Yorkshire Branch)’s nationally important collection of 12,000 printed items and manuscripts relating to the region’s Methodist history; a collection of twentieth century socialist and labour history. Other collections are mainly in the areas of architecture, social, health and education history, and radical and left-wing literature.
The website 'University of Waterloo Library Special Collections' is the homepage of the Archives and Rare Books in the Dana Porter Library at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Opened in 1976, the Doris Lewis Rare Book Room in the Library holds early editions of 50,000 rare books. The department claims strengths in the fields of women's studies; local history; the history of mathematics (especially Euclid's Elements of Geometry); architecture; dance; fine printing; and urban planning. Special Collections contain the archives of the University of Waterloo. The Archives hold manuscripts and other materials on prominent local figures, families and businesses, which are detailed at length in an online alphabetical catalogue. These will prove useful for genealogists and for researchers working on Canadian and local history. There are also some 19th century British History primary sources. Descriptions of separate book and manuscript collections are similarly posted under a variety of themes, from the William Blake Collection, to the B. P. Nichol Library of Science Fiction, to the Rosa Breithaupt Clark Architectural Collection, to the Spanish, Latin-American and South American Dancing Collection. The Archives also possess over two million negatives of photographs, including the photo archive of the local newspaper, the Kitchener-Waterloo Record, from 1938 to the present, which can be seen in the digital collections section of the site.
The US Marine Corps History and Museums Division is located at the Marine Corps Historical Center, Washington Navy Yard. The Division exists to collect, record, preserve, exhibit, and disseminate the cumulative operational and institutional experience of the Marine Corps. The site includes an historical section of information on the Marines such as customs and traditions, and a guide to Who's Who in Marine Corps history; a section of Frequently Requested information, including Women in the Marines, medals, and salutes; and information on the Collections. This includes the Marine Corps Museum, a collection of weapons, maps, photographs, art, and documents; and the Marine Corps Art Collection, which displays a selection of images from a collection of over 7,000 works (dating from the 18th Century onwards).
Part of the Naval Historical Center, the Navy Museum in Washington DC provides an overview of the US Navy. Opened in 1963, it exhibits ship models, uniforms, medals, ordnance, photographs and fine art in the setting of the former Breech Mechanism Shop of the Old Naval Gun Factory. The Museum uses both permanent and temporary exhibitions to commemorate the Navy's wartime heroes and battles as well as its peacetime contributions. Users can discover information about the Museum's collections, through detailed summaries of each of the exhibitions from navigation to diving and underwater vehicles. The Educational Programs section includes a wide range of material to compliment visits and a teacher lesson plan to build and manoeuvre a submarine. The site provides a link to the Guide to US Navy Museums in the United States, which gives users a resume of and links to the 12 museums in the United States which are run by the US Navy.
The Vancouver Maritime Museum website contains information on present exhibits and the Museum's collections (including access to the photo archive database of Canada's North). The site also includes information on the Library, which focuses on maritime art, history, culture and technology: The primary focus of the collection is the maritime exploration and history of the Pacific Northwest, specifically Vancouver and coastal British Columbia. Other subjects include early Arctic and Antarctic exploration, Canadian naval history, naval architecture and the science of navigation. Visitor information is included.
Inaugurated in 1990, the Vasa Museum, Stockholm, Sweden is home to the 17th century warship Vasa, lost on her maiden voyage in 1628. The site contains information on the Museum and its permanent exhibitions, as well as information on the Vasa. This includes: the disaster; the salvage operation in 1961; why the Vasa sank; life on board; technical specifications; the Vasa sculptures; and the rig. Visitor information is also included, as are news items, details of exhibitions, staff contact details and links to related sites arranged by themes such as maritime archaeology, shipwrecks and tools. Visitor information is included. The site is available in English and Swedish.
Adapted from the book 'A Grand Design: the Art of the Victoria and Albert Museum', which accompanied the exhibition of the same name, this online essay by Richard Dunn and Anthony Burton provides an illustrated chronology to the history of the museum from its foundation as the South Kensington Museum, through the many changes it has undergone both in architecture and collections to the modern day to the present days and its plans for the future.
The Bligh Museum is a Tasmanian based privately run museum which has many historical maps, documents, paintings and other artefacts on display. Information provided includes the history of the museum, location, opening times and admission charges.
The West Sussex Past website is a portal to archive, library and museum online heritage services which allows users to search for materials across a range of databases and as such represents an excellent research tool for the history of West Sussex. The main focus of the site is the West Sussex Past Gateway, where users can search across 29 heritage databases simultaneously; these databases are provided by a range of organisations including the County Library Service, the County Record Office, and museums, societies and universities. Furthermore, users may search two different image databases: West Sussex Past Picture, the official databases of photographs, paintings, and prints from the 1640s onwards, provided by the County Library Service and local museums; and the West Sussex Record Office Photographic Database. The online catalogue of the the Record Office may also be searched here.
Together with a number of resources aimed at schools, this is a user friendly and rich resource for anyone researching the history of this English county.
The maritime division of the Western Australian Museum is based in Fremantle; The Western Australian Maritime Museum provides exhibitions on Shipwrecks discovered off the Western Australian coast and Western Australia's Maritime endeavours. There are three sites: the new Maritime Museum, the Shipwreck Galleries, and the Submarine 'Ovens'. The new Museum has six themed galleries: the Indian Ocean Tin Canoe to Australia II; Fremantle and the Swan River; Hooked on Fishing; Cargoes; and Naval Defence. The Shipwreck Galleries feature: early exploration and shipwrecks as early as the 17th Century, including original timbers from the Dutch VOC ship the 'Batavia', wrecked in 1629.
Established in 1823, the displays of the Whitby Museum include fish fossils and ship models, with sections covering exploration, whaling and ethnography. The site includes: descriptions of the collections (such as pistols used at Trafalgar, Cook exhibits and the father and son whaling captains, the Scoresbys); visitor information; events; details of publications; and links to related Whitby websites.
The Whitstable Museum and Art Gallery website promotes the town of Whitstable with its main focus on the region's coastal community and seafaring traditions. The site includes information on past and present exhibitions, fossils, oysters, diving and shipping. The Museum also hosts a collection of ship 'portraits' which capture Whitstable's trading links, as well as workshops with practising local artists. The site includes details of reference materials, a timeline of the town, local events and educational resources. The site contains visitor information.
The Yukon Archival Union List (YAUL) offers descriptions of publicly-accessible archival material held in repositories in the Yukon Territory, Canada. YAUL was created by the Yukon Council of Archives with the assistance of the Archives Association of British Columbia. This powerful archival catalogue brings up fonds level documents through a search engine. Users can search by name, repository, provinance, title or record number. Browsing features are limited: researchers must have an idea of their topic to search the database effectively. To that end, they should look at the site to which YAUL is connected, the Yukon Council of Archives. The latter posts its mandate, newsletter, archival research assistance and professional development and teaching aids for educators. The Yukon Council of Archives also posts a number of virtual exhibitions, with good teaching tools, to showcase archival material which can be located in YAUL.
These are the archives of Yukon Territory, Canada. A list of finding aids and bibliographies with itemised information is posted online, including topics such as: the Alaskan Highway; Anglican Church, Yukon Diocese; the Beaufort Sea; the Canadian Mine Workers Union; Genealogy sources; and the United States' Air Force Distant early warning system. The archive also possesses private papers, sound recordings, records and photographs related to local businesses, utilities, industries, government, civil festivals and families. The site describes local exhibitions hosted by the archive. It presents a series of virtual exhibitions covering subjects as varied as the oil and gold discovery, the military, transport and Black history. These exhibits also demonstrate a unique, regional Canadian-American relationship that is somewhat different from the one observed along the long main border between the two countries. The archive maintains a library with over 21,000 volumes, maps, newspapers, corporate and government records, and microfilms. There are good thematic and author-based catalogues for the archive's whole collection and a separate catalogue for the library. The site offers a small but relevant links list.