New Database: Age of Exploration

Age of Exploration brings together archival documents, interactive maps, audio, and video recordings, as well as diaries and journals, logbooks, photographs, drawing and artworks, and other materials to bring to life the key events in the history of European maritime exploration from c.1420-1920.

Delve into the earliest voyages of Vasco da Gama, the opening of trade with the Spice Islands, the colonisation of the Americas and Australasia, the search for the Northwest and Northeast Passages, and finally the race for the Poles with this robust primary source collection. Featuring rare manuscript and early printed material, highly illustrated maps and documents, diaries and ships’ logs from some of the most well-known voyages in history.

The material is sourced from over 10 participating libraries and is arranged around themes such as Expedition Planning, Financing and Sponsorship; Life at Sea; Navigation, Scientific Observations, and Instruments; and Personal Life and Family – among others.

The database can be accessed through the following link: