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24 January 2012

Browse the Caird Library

Your author took up a kind invitation from the National Maritime Museum over the weekend to visit the updated Caird Library in their brand new Sammy Ofer Wing. Named after the shipping magnate Sir James Caird, it is the largest collection of its kind in the world, and holds some fantastic documents, books, pamphlets, maps and periodicals dating from the 1400s to the present day.

The library is open to all and free, with visitors just needing to pre-register before their visit to access their vast collection, which includes the entire P&O archive, many thousands of crew and ship registers, rare and printed maps and atlases and other items covering every aspect of maritime history. They also have a particularly interesting book on old pirate haunts, the Lundy Island section of which kept your author busy for some time.

For more information, see http://www.rmg.co.uk/researchers/library/

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