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The Mariner's Mirror Podcast: The Lost Maps of the Spanish Armada

Save the Spanish Armada Maps

  • The National Museum of the Royal Navy has launched a bid to save 10 incredibly unique that plot the defeat of the Spanish Armada
  • The defeat of the Armada is a defining point in the creation of England’s identity and a decisive moment in English history
  • The National Museum needs to raise £600,000 to prevent their loss overseas

The National Museum of the Royal Navy has stepped forward to lead the campaign to stop the export of the Armada maps to an overseas buyer. The maps tell the story of the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588 and the origins of England’s naval power.
These unique hand-drawn maps were sold earlier this year for £600,000 but the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport imposed an export ban whilst a last-ditch campaign was mounted to keep them in Britain.

The Society for Nautical Research has recently launched a new podcast - The Mariner's Mirror Podcast and one of their first episodes focuses on helping the National Museum of the Royal Navy save the Spanish Armada Maps.

Watch the Mariner's Mirror video about the Spanish Armada Maps

About the Society for Nautical Research

The Society w as formed in 1910 with Royal patronage and was instrumental in saving HMS Victory, the ss Great Britain, and establishing the UK's National Maritime Museum at Greenwich and the Royal Naval Museum at Portsmouth. The Society continues to fund the restoration of HMS Victory and also helps to purchase important maritime works of art for the collections of the National Maritime Museum. The Society is committed to increasing public knowledge of the importance of maritime history and to preserving our maritime heritage. 

About the Mariner's Mirror Podcast

The Mariner's Mirror podcast brings you the most exciting and interesting current maritime projects worldwide: including excavations of shipwrecks, the restoration of historic ships, sailing classic yachts and tall ships, unprecedented behind the scenes access to exhibitions, museums and archives worldwide, primary sources and accounts that bring the maritime past alive as never before.

The podcast is hosted by the historian and TV presenter Dr Sam Willis, one of the UK's best known historians. Sam has made more than ten multi-episode TV series for the BBC and National Geographic including The Silk Road and Shipwrecks: Britain's Sunken History.

Latest Episode

The latest episode of the podcast features an interview with Dominic Tweddle, Director General of the National Museum of the Royal Navy, in which they discuss ten recently-discovered maps of the Spanish Armada which have been sold to a private collector. The National Museum of the Royal Navy has launched a campaign to raise the £600,000 needed to keep the extraordinary maps - the only known contemporary depictions of the Spanish Armada - in a British institution.

You can find the Mariner's Mirror Podcast via your podcast App on your smartphone or online.

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