About Us

A warm welcome…

This site has been created by the team in the Bartlett Maritime Research Centre at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall for those interested in maritime history.

The museum’s research work is led by the Bartlett Maritime Research Centre which incorporates the Bartlett Library and the Peter and Julie Newall Library, a wonderful resource of books, archives and records on maritime matters. It houses a team of volunteers who answer enquiries for  members of the public and who work on a range of research projects.

Our work and this website, cover a broad range of topics and are designed for all, although we will admit to a prejudice for our own favourites: the maritime history of Cornwall, the history of boats and British and international shipping.

As the main menu indicates, we have included primary source material – diaries and journals which have been transcribed by volunteers – articles written by a variety of researchers; and even the transcription of a printed book. We welcome contributions and suggestions from all.

Research facilities

The Bartlett Centre is open free to the public. Personal visitors should ask for directions at the Museum’s enquiry desk in the entrance foyer. Private researchers are very welcome to explore the library or to seek answers to specific questions with the help of one of our volunteers who will be pleased to try and answer any maritime queries. Brief enquiries can be answered by telephone on 01326 214579 during opening hours. You can also email us at library@nmmc.co.uk .

Please note: within the expertise of the volunteers on duty, enquiries are dealt with in strict order of receipt. We normally respond to queries within three to four weeks of receipt.

Opening times

Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm (4pm on winter Saturdays). We are closed SUNDAY & MONDAY.