Pieter van der Merwe

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Pieter van der Merwe MBE, DL is an English writer on aspects of British maritime history, mainly from 1500 to 1914, but which have also included maritime archaeology and medieval shipbuilding. He also writes on the history of Greenwich, marine painting, stage scene-painting and maritime life in art, portraiture, literature and drama.[1] He is a graduate of the University of Manchester and University of Bristol.[2] He joined the staff of the National Maritime Museum in 1974 and is now its General Editor.[2]


  • The Spectacular Career of Clarkson Stanfield (exh.cat. with R. Took: 1979)[1]
  • Historic Maritime Greenwich (1993)[1]
  • A Refuge for All: Greenwich Hospital, 1694-1994 (1994)[1]
  • Nelson, an Illustrated History (contr. and ed., 1995)[1]
  • E. Dekker, Globes at Greenwich… (ed., with K. Lippincott and M. Blyzinsky, 1999)[1]
  • South: the Race to the Pole (and ed., with contributions from D. Preston, R.E. Feeney, L. McKernan, 2000)[1]
  • Captain Cook in the Pacific (with N. Rigby and G. Williams, 2002)
  • Science and the French and British Navies, 1700-1850 (ed., 2003)
  • Pioneers of the Pacific: Voyages of Exploration, 1787-1810 (with N. Rigby and G. Williams, 2005)


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 "United Kingdom Maritime Collections Strategy - Biography". Retrieved 2010-03-09.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>[dead link]
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Views of the Royal Naval Exhibition, 1891". Retrieved 2010-03-09.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>