This research guide, produced by the National Maritime Museum, is part of a series intended to help people wishing to carry out their own research. The guide outlines the Atlas Collection of bound volumes of charts, maps and sailing directions held by the Hydrography Section of the Museum. Information on visiting the Museum's Library is included.
The Bath Preservation Trust was founded in 1934 to protect the city's unique architectural heritage. Its website provides background information about the Trust and its work, specifically giving information on the buildings and museums in the city of Bath under their protection (the Trust's headquarters at Number 1 Royal Crescent, which features a description and illustrated tour of the building; the Bath Museum building; Beckford's Tower and Museum; and the William Herschel Museum). The website gives information on the buildings, opening times, brief histories, exhibitions and education and events at each site. The website is easy to navigate. Two main menus allow the site to be explored via the individual buildings, or through more basic information on maps and directions, a guest book (which is also browsable online), a search facility and a news and events page. This site is most suitable for those intending to visit the buildings or join the Preservation Trust, and provides basic information on the history of these sites within the UNESCO World Heritage City of Bath.
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.
COLLAGE (the City of London Library and Art Gallery Electronic) is an online image database created by the City of London and iBase Image Systems. The database currently contains approximately 20,000 images from the Guildhall Library and Guildhall Art Gallery in London. The collection is devoted primarily to London topography and London life from the 15th Century to the present day. All parts of London (not just the City) are covered, as are the adjoining counties. Each image is accompanied by a description of the picture and details of, for example, the artist, size of the picture, date, publisher, medium, etc., as appropriate. The database can be searched or browsed by artists, places or people, or by categories such as abstract ideas, history, politics, or the natural world. A series of online exhibitions are also available, as well as sections bringing together some selected highlights of the collections.
CAN (Collections Australia Network) provides a gateway to Australian museums with information about their collections. Users can access summaries of maritime museums by a search according to type. It is also possible to search or browse the site for information about museums. Each museum has a brief entry giving details of opening times, contact details, the scope of the collection and descriptions of a selection of objects. Some entries include images and, where applicable, links to the Museum's website. Current exhibitions at different museums are highlighted, giving researchers a quick overview of what is available in several collections. CAN is the site for the redeveloped award winning Australian Museums and Galleries On Line (AMOL). Instructions are provided for museum staff who wish to register their institutions.
The online Directory of South West Museums, Libraries, and Archives, provided by MLA South West, features information almost 2,000 museums, galleries, libraries, and archives in South West England, plus other relevant organisations such as specialist support services and governing bodies. The directory may be searched by museum content (from agriculture to transport) or by locality. Alternatively, searches may be conducted by keywords from the museum description. Results include each museum's name and address, with a description of the content; visitor information such as opening hours, pricing, and concessions; access details for disabled visitors; information on public transport links and the availability of parking; and a link to the museum's website if it has one. The directory is part of the broader MLA South West website, which contains more general information on development programmes and collections.
This guide and related guides on connected pages, produced by the National Maritime Museum, are part of a series intended to help people who wish to carry out their own research. Online research indexes here provide lists of historic foreign flags, signal flags, house flags, and flags of the Royal Navy and government departments held at the Museum. Alongside bibliographic material, links are given to pages describing the Museum's picture library, the manuscripts collection, historic photographs, and other resources. The site has its own online catalogue and search engine.
Part of the National Maritime Museum's Collections online database, the Green Blackwall Collection website comprises material presented to the National Maritime Museum by the Green family between 1941 and 1977. The collection, mainly from the 18th and 19th centuries, illustrates the yard; the London docks; and ships built by or for the Greens. The Museum library holds items from the collection, including: maps and charts of the Thames; and manuscripts and printed books about the Greens and their business activities. The collection is divided into: decorative art; fine art; flags; models; relics; ship equipment; timekeeping; uniforms; weapons; plans and photographs; maps; charts; printed books; and manuscripts.
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 an introduction to the historic photographs held by the Museum's Brass Foundry Collections. Emphasis is laid upon the strongest areas of the Collection: warships and naval life; merchant ships; shipbuilding; topographical; portraits; and historic events. Information for visitors to the Library is included.
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.
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 National Maritime Museum holds a collection of historic maritime photographs, with prints and negatives dating back to the beginnings of photography in the 1840s. The Historic Photographs collection covers every maritime subject from British and foreign warships and merchant ships to seaports, shipyards and coastal views. This online catalogue indexes those images for which the Museum holds negatives. It is possible to search the catalogue (for example by ship name) or browse the indexes for warships or merchant vessels. Help and a key to the indexes are available.
This site is part of the Imperial War Museum's Collections online database, which chronicles the widely different experiences of Prisoners of War and commemorates the fortitude and suffering of both military and civilian captives. Information relates to POWs of the 20th Century, and include the following themes; 'In the bag'; 'Escape and evasion'; 'Internment'; and 'The Camps.' Resources from the museum collections include selections of records covering art, exhibits, books, photographs, and the aircraft and vehicles collection, as well as sound recordings.
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.
The website "The British Museum: Treasures of the Silk Road" makes available a remarkable collection of images taken from the British Museum's holdings of Buddhist paintings from the Caves of the Thousand Buddhas at Dunhuang, China. The town is on the Silk Road, and the caves were carved by monks into the hillside over the millennium after the fourth century CE. In the eleventh century CE, an archive of over 50,000 documents, paintings and textiles was hidden in one of the caves. This was rediscovered in 1900 and material from the caves can now be found in several institutions around the world, including the British Museum. This website therefore provides access to an extraordinarily rich visual archive of material relating to Buddhism in China during the heyday of the Silk Road, and will be enjoyed by all those with an interest in this and in Chinese art. The collection may be searched by simple keyword or using the advanced search form. Search tips are included. The archive can also be browsed using the following categories: paintings and drawings; prints; textiles; Buddha; Bodhisattva; Sutra; and Paradise. Results are presented as lists. Each item is accompanied by a descriptive text providing information about the item, and each item image can be viewed in detail using zoom and pan functions. The viewing window is small, which means that not a great deal of the image can be seen at any one time. This can be frustrating. However, the images are of high quality. The site includes a map showing the location of Dunhuang on the Silk Road route, and a brief account of the history of the caves and the discovery of the archive of paintings. It also includes a list of links to other resources about the Dunhuang paintings and their digital preservation, such as the British Library's International Dunhuang Project and the Mellon International Dunhuang Archive.
The National Maritime Museum's fact files relate to the Museum's collections and the UK's National Curriculum. This document focuses on Sir Ernest Shackleton's attempt to reach the South Pole in 1914. The document examines the apparent failure of the expedition after the Endurance was crushed, and how Shackleton successfully brought all his men safely home.
This National Maritime Museum Fact File on the Stuart Navy begins with a description of what the English Navy was like at the start of the Stuart era and Britain's need for a strong navy. It looks at the reforms made by Cromwell and Admiral Blake, and Samuel Pepys' involvement with the navy. The Fact File goes on to describe the problems faced by Pepys, the father of the modern Royal Navy, and the changes that he introduced. It describes advances made in shipbuilding and navigation during this period, and concludes with extracts from Pepys' diary.
Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum was established to commemorate the arrest, trial and punishment of six agricultural workers in Tolpuddle, Dorset for establishing a trade union in 1833. The site is interesting for the short history it provides on the birth of trade unionism. It carries general information about the museum itself, with opening hours and publications information, along with a news and events section. There is also a brief introduction to the story of George Loveless and the five other men who were transported to Australia for their attempt to organise the local workforce.