Viola, Salvage & Repatriation – The Technical Challenge

August 2019

Built in 1906 in Beverley, Viola was part of the Hellyer fleet of steam trawlers working the North Sea. In 1914, she was requisitioned for duty in the First World War and served with distinction, spending four years on the front line in the grim war against mines and submarines and involved in sinking two […] Read More

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CORNISH MARITIME HISTORY DAY 2019

August 2019

We are happy to announce the eighth one-day programme dedicated to the history of maritime Cornwall to be held at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Discovery Quay, Falmouth on Saturday, 5th October 2019. Researchers, whether in universities or based at home, have been beavering away in archives and elsewhere discovering people, places and ships. We […] Read More

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Call for Papers: UK Maritime Heritage Forum

July 2019

Proposals are invited for this year’s UK Maritime Heritage Forum which will take place on 14-15 November 2019 at Riverside Museum and The Tall Ship Glenlee in Glasgow. CALL FOR PAPERS Proposals are invited for: 1) 8-10 minute talks on recent or current maritime heritage or related research projects, whether at a museum, vessel or […] Read More

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Connecting the Oceans

July 2019

A conference under the joint auspices of the SS Great Britain and the Society for Nautical Research, to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the SNR co-ordinating her salvage in 1969. The nineteenth century was a period of astonishing change in the maritime world. The advent of steam technology ended the age-old dependence on wind and tide, shortened voyages, ended […] Read More

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Scapa Flow Naval History Conference

October 2018

The Scapa Flow Naval History Conference will take place at Kirkwall Grammar School, 23-24 November 2018, featuring British, American and German speakers including Prof.Dr. Michael Epkenhans, Prof. Andrew Lambert, Cdr. Dr. David Kohnen USN ret’d and Orcadian historian Tom Muir. The conference will cover not only the scuttle, but also the history and impact of […] Read More

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The Trafalgar Way 2018 Story Writing Competition

September 2018

The 1805 Club Trafalgar Way initiative is running a short story competition to commemorate Lieutenant Lapenotiere carrying the news of The Battle of Trafalgar from Falmouth to London. If you are between the ages of 7 and 21 on the 6th November 2018, you can become part of this epic tale by writing your own story […] Read More

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Docklands History Group: New Researchers Seminar

September 2018

2018 This Seminar will take place on Sat 24th November in the Pocahontas Room of the Museum of London Docklands, West India Quay, (off Hertsmere Road) London, E14 5AL . Programme: AM 10:30 Registration, coffee and tea 11:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks – Chris Ellmers, Honorary Life President, Docklands History Group First Session: Exploring Archive material: […] Read More

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British Commission for Maritime History John Armstrong Prize

August 2018

Professor John Armstrong, a former Trustee and seminar convener of the BCMH who died in February 2017, left a legacy to the British Commission for Maritime History. In discussion with John’s widow, Pamela, the B.C.M.H. has decided to use the legacy to establish an annual prize of £250 in his memory. The John Armstrong Prize […] Read More

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Greenwich Maritime Centre Conference: “Society and the Sea”

July 2018

The Greenwich Maritime Centre (GMC) is pleased to announce its second international conference on the theme ‘Society and the Sea’, to be held on the 6th-7th September 2018 at the University of Greenwich. News stories about the ocean and the coasts regularly make the headlines yet paradoxically there are also concerns that sea-blindness is a […] Read More

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Portrait of Sir Francis Drake to Be Auctioned

June 2018

A portrait of Sir Francis Drake, the great Elizabethan seafarer, is among leading works at Bonhams Old Masters Sale in London on Wednesday 4th July Painted by an unknown artist from the Anglo-Dutch School, believed possibly to date from the mid-1570s, it is estimated it will fetch £300,000-500,000. The portrait has recently been loaned on exhibition at […] Read More

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