The Society for Nautical Research was founded in 1910 to encourage ‘research into matters relating to seafaring and shipbuilding in all ages among all nations, into the language and customs of the sea, and into other subjects of nautical interest’. It plays a major role in promoting international scholarship in naval and maritime history through offering research grants and by funding conferences, lectures and other activities with a nautical theme.
The Society has published The Mariner’s Mirror since 1911 and this is now widely recognized as the leading international journal of maritime history.
The Mariner’s Mirror has a proud tradition of promoting the work not just of established academics and professionals but also talented and enthusiastic independent scholars and budding new researchers from all walks of life. It has always promoted a diverse array of subject matter ranging from archaeology and ethnography to naval tactics and administration, merchant seafaring, shipbuilding and virtually anything that relates to humankind’s relationship with the sea.
The Society plays an important role in preserving and promoting the maritime heritage of the UK. It was instrumental in saving Nelson’s flagship HMS Victory in 1922 and has been closely associated with her restoration ever since. The Society was also instrumental in founding the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich in 1937 and the Royal Naval Museum at Portsmouth in 1972. It has also played a significant part in the preservation of the frigate Trincomalee.
The Society today has a vibrant membership of likeminded scholars and enthusiasts of all matters maritime and warmly welcomes new members.