National Maritime Museum (UK) Joins Flickr Commons

Scarborough, Yorkshire NMM Flickr Commons
Scarborough, Yorkshire by Samuel Coupe Fox (c. 1910)

The National Maritime Museum in Greenwch, England has joined The Commons on Flickr project. NMM stands alongside these other world class institutions:

  • The Library of Congress (web) (Flickr)
  • The Powerhouse Museum – Australia (web) (Flickr)
  • The Brooklyn Museum (web) (Flickr)
  • Smithsonian Institution (web) (Flickr)
  • Bibliothèque de Toulouse – France (web) (Flickr)
  • George Eastman House (web) (Flickr)
  • Biblioteca de Arte-Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian – Portugal (web) (Flickr)
  • National Media Museum – UK (web) (Flickr)

From the Commons on Flickr page:

The key goals of The Commons on Flickr are to firstly show you hidden treasures in the world’s public photography archives, and secondly to show how your input and knowledge can help make these collections even richer.

You’re invited to help describe the photographs you discover in The Commons on Flickr, either by adding tags or leaving comments.

The Maritime Compass blog recently wrote a interesting post entitled Maritime Flickr in which they talk about the fun you can have discovering contemporary and historic maritime photography on the photo-sharing website. With today’s NMM announcement, Heather was ahead of the curve. (Inside knowledge, perhaps?) One can only wonder when Mystic Seaport will hop aboard with these other world class institutions in sharing their collection in this exciting social media project.

In addition to an amazing collection of historic maritime photographs, NMM has also posted a set of images of the installation of Simon Patterson’s The Undersea World and Other Stories which was one of the maritime art projects presented during Sea-Fever’s Maritime Art Week.  (Maritime Art Week – Simon Patterson’s “The Undersea World and Other Stories”)

Finally, I chose the above photo for this post because it’s brought back some great memories from this summer’s holiday visiting my wife Jenny’s family in Norfolk, England. Here’s my modern day version of that photo, also on Flickr. Thankfully, somethings don’t change all that much!

The Shrimpers
The Shrimpers - West Runton Beach, UK by Peter A. Mello (2008)
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Peter A. Mello

Father, son. Lifelong mariner, student of leadership, photographer. Professional creative placemaker.

3 thoughts on “National Maritime Museum (UK) Joins Flickr Commons”

  1. Coincidentally, Mystic Seaport is in the process of getting our images into flickr Commons. It’s good to see that everyone is interested!

    In the meantime we have many of our collection images (about 7,000) in our online catalog. Over 100,000 manuscript images have been available for over 4 years. Oh, and this week we’re launching a yacht register search page!

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