THE NATIONAL Maritime Museum's Pieter van der Merwe has been awarded an MBE.
The recognition for the museum's General Editor was announced in the New Year Honours list.
He has been given the award for his "services to heritage and the local community of Greenwich."
Pieter told Greenwich.co.uk: "It was an unexpected shock but as Sir Thomas Beecham used to say 'one should try everything once except incest and folk dancing' so, unaccountable as it is, I'm getting used to it and mainly enjoying the pleasure it is giving to others: and at least it put Greenwich in the Jubilee New Year list!"
Pieter has worked at the National Maritime Museum since 1974.