Picture Library

World's largest maritime image collection

About Us

Royal Museums Greenwich Picture Library is the world's greatest source of historical maritime images, with collections covering trade and empire, navigation, war and astronomy. We licence high resolution images from the National Maritime Museum’s collection, which includes the Royal Observatory Greenwich, The Queen’s House and Cutty Sark. Items in the collection include oil paintings, prints and drawings, maps and charts, scientific instruments, ship plans, historic photographs, manuscripts, ship models, antiquities and uniforms.

This website is designed specifically for picture researchers and buyers. Registration is free and recommended. It allows you to save and share lightboxes and apply for licences online. When you've found what you need contact us directly with the details, or use the Basket screen to specify image usage and we will email you a quote.

There are currently 45,000 images on the website and we add to the archive every day. If you cannot find an image or specific subject matter please do email us at pictures@rmg.co.uk and we will be happy to assist you with your research. We can also organise scanning and new photography of material which has not been digitised previously.