Caird Library, National Maritime Museum

© National Maritime Museum

National Maritime Museum
London SE10 9NF


Stock: Library 100,000 volumes, 8000 rare books, 20,000 bound periodicals, 2000 microforms and CD-ROMs. Over four miles of manuscripts: Public Records (Royal and Merchant Navy); Business Records; personal papers; artificial collections. 50,000 charts.

Special collections or strengths: Rare Book Collection dating from 1474-1850, including atlases, voyages, astronomy, scientific instruments, shipbuilding, piracy, shipwrecks, navigation. Also includes the Airy Library (Astronomy).

Collection of approximately 4000 items of printed ephemera mainly relating to passenger and cruise ships.

Archive collection includes, crew lists and agreements (selected years), lieutenant’s logs, Lloyd’s Register of Shipping Survey Reports, master’s certificates, shipping company records (including P&O Archive).


16th-17th Century
18th-19th Century
20th Century
21st Century
Administrative history
Art and Architecture
Cultural history
Economic history
Environmental history
Historical geography
Imperial and Colonial
Intellectual history
International history
Local and Regional history
Military/Naval history
Palaeography and Diplomatic
Science and Technology
Social history
Asia and Middle East
Australasia and Pacific
Britain and Ireland
Latin America and West Indies
Middle East
North America
Specialist categories: 
Military/Naval history
Historical geography