Museum Blogs

  • Researching maritime art…the leading cause of gray hair
    Sometimes researching maritime art can be supremely frustrating but persistence is usually the key to unlocking an object’s story. This week I was contacted by a gentleman in South Africa who was interested in a watercolor in our collection by Mathieu-Antoine Roux. The image supposedly depicted a ship called “Alfred”. Read more
    In blog Museum Blogson Aug 4 2017By Jeanne Willoz-Egnor
  • The Power of the Internet (part 1)
    No museum can ever employ a subject matter expert for every type of object in their collection—especially when their collection is as vast as ours. While we do have a staff member who can usually handle the identification of our weaponry, I recently asked him question that he couldn’t answer. Read more
    In blog Museum Blogson Aug 2 2017By Jeanne Willoz-Egnor
  • The Turret is draining! The Turret is draining!
    That’s right folks, it’s almost turret season! We will be draining the turret tank on July 31st, and from then on it’s turret all day, every day for those of us in the conservation lab. And trust me, we’re all very excited to get back in the turret again! The Read more
    In blog Museum Blogson Jul 26 2017By Laurie King
  • Scholarship gone south…..
    Recently I was working on finding objects for the upcoming Gallery Crawl and I stumbled across a great drawing in our collection. I was led to it as I researched a naval officer who owned a ditty box in the collection, James Paterson McKinstry, because it reputedly showed the action Read more
    In blog Museum Blogson Jul 21 2017By Jeanne Willoz-Egnor
  • Continuing work with the Ship Models
    Work continues on the exhibition for the 50th anniversary of the Hampton Roads Ship Model Society, with models having arrived every day for the past two weeks.  We have almost reached the finish line though with only a couple more models set to come in.  Although anyone can walk through and Read more
    In blog Museum Blogson Jul 19 2017By Rachel Conley