National Maritime Museum Archives
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The National Maritime Museum holds a rich collection of materials to support research in various subjects for example:
- Arts and humanities - the collection documents the political and intellectual history of society, including the maritime influence on arts, crafts and literature.
- Health and medicine - the archives provide a unique insight into the day-to-day life and health of the sailor, documenting health care provision, living conditions and diet.
- Science and technology - as home to the Royal Observatory, Greenwich (ROG), collections cover the astronomical and navigational developments achieved by the ROG and demonstrate the central role that technological development played in the emergence and maintenance of Britain's maritime supremacy during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
- Social sciences - the archives hold extensive materials representing the social, legal and commercial life that developed around the sea as well as those reflecting the importance of the environment to these worlds. Maps, charts, records of seaborne trade and ephemera provide a remarkable insight into leisure activities.