The Collections

Collections Online

The National Maritime Museum (NMM) is the largest institution of its kind in the world, with 1,503,000 items related to seafaring, navigation and astronomy in its care. We are committed to improving public access to these collections and the expansion of online access forms a key part in this policy.

Currently available

We now provide online access to over 250,000 catalogue records and over 90,000 images from a selection of our collections. Related resources available on this website include:

  • Zoom in to a picture for high resolution viewing
  • Build and manage online collections of your own
  • Share content to social media networks
  • Add tags to describe records
  • Save searches
  • Download images for non-commercial use

Ongoing development

Work to put our collections online is ongoing. We are constantly digitising museum objects and adding ways to access them.

Research and enquiries

To help you carry out your own research, a set of research guides and frequently asked questions are available on the website.

  • If you are unable to visit the library, we can provide a list of independent researchers
  • Curators and specialists may answer enquires which require curatorial expertise
  • Copies can be obtained of crew lists, Lloyds' survey reports and master's certificates

Please note there is a charge for these services.

While we are happy to give opinions on the historical or cultural value of objects, the Museum cannot undertake monetary valuations for items in private ownership. Similarly, we do not disclose values of objects held in our own collection. If you wish to know how much something is worth, you should consult a commercial auctioneer or dealer. It may be wise to obtain more than one opinion.