The Society for Nautical Research, founded in 1910, is the world’s premier maritime history society. It publishes The Mariner’s Mirror, the leading international journal of maritime history, and also 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 and the Royal Naval Museum at Portsmouth, now part of the National Museum of the Royal Navy.
Today, the society undertakes a wide range of activities which both promote maritime history and provide substantial benefits to its members:
- Members receive quarterly issues of both The Mariner’s Mirror and Topmasts, a ‘newsletter’ which at some 40 pages per issue is essentially a journal in its own right.
- The society organises its own conferences and sponsors others, including the annual conference for new researchers in maritime history.
- It provides grants to support the work of individual students, academics and independent researchers.
- Through its Save the Victory fund, it continues to provide substantial sums for the ongoing refurbishment of the ship.
- It provides funding which enables the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, to purchase important works of art.
- The society occasionally provides funds for major projects, such as the refurbishment of the Victory gallery at Portsmouth and the First World War Lives at Sea online resource.
- It awards prizes: the Anderson Medal for the best maritime history book published in a given year, an Anderson Lifetime Achievement Award, the Centenary Medal and the Victory
- The society organises events for members.
The Society has a vibrant international membership of likeminded scholars and enthusiasts of all matters maritime, and warmly welcomes new members.