Maritime Archives and Library

Maritime Archives temporary closure

As part of the new Sea Galleries development at Merseyside Maritime Museum, National Museums Liverpool is creating an improved Maritime Archives research centre. The improved Archive facilities will open in summer 2018. They will offer an enhanced public space providing information about archive material relating to Liverpool shipping and seafarers, as well as improved research facilities for visitors accessing National Museums Liverpool’s Maritime Archives.

To enable this work to take place, Maritime Archives is temporarily closed to the public from 1 September 2017 until summer 2018, and during this time we will be unable to accommodate researchers or answer enquiries.

Old White Star Line ticket for the Titanic

The only known surviving first class ticket for the White Star liner Titanic is one of the top ten treasures of the Maritime Archives and Library.

The Maritime Archives and Library at Merseyside Maritime Museum houses an extensive collection of maritime books and documents spanning three centuries. These include one of the finest collections of merchant shipping records in the UK.

When we reopen in 2018 we will be happy to answer enquiries about our collections but are unable to answer enquiries on maritime history or undertake detailed research into the collections on your behalf.

Research guides

If you are researching maritime history or tracing your ancestors then we suggest you start by looking through our extensive online information sheets. These cover a wide range of maritime subjects as well as lots of information about the records we hold - and recommended alternative sources of information for records that are not in our collections.

Our collections

Every aspect of Liverpool's maritime history from the early 18th-century is covered in the Maritime Archives and Library. Whilst the emphasis is on Liverpool, the coverage is national and international. 

For further information on the library and archives collections see our Top ten treasures and the Major collections section. We also have a series of topical Displays and online exhibitions, featuring highlights from the collection.

We'd suggest that you check out the Start your search section where we'll explain what we can do to help. The Frequently Asked Questions section features examples of the service we provide.