Dunkirk Commemorative Plaque Unveiling

April 2022

Old  Portsmouth  Saturday  28  May  In May 1940 a flotilla of ‘Little Ships’ left England’s south coast to play an important role in ‘Operation Dynamo’  –  the evacuation of British and allied troops from the French coast as German forces advanced. The flotilla included fishing boats, ferries, motor yachts, river launches and other leisure craft, […] Read More

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Naval Dockyards Society 26th Annual Conference

February 2022

Dockyards as nodes of naval architecture, maritime traditions and cultural heritage  National Museum of the Royal Navy Portsmouth 9-11 June 2022   Keynote speakers Sir Neil Cossons OBE FSA, Professor Andrew Lambert FKC & Dr Antony Firth MClfA Yes! a ‘proper conference’ in the National Museum of the Royal Navy Action Stations Auditorium, Boathouse No.6, Portsmouth […] Read More

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Society Dinner on board HMS Warrior, Saturday 11 June 2022

January 2022

On Saturday 11 June Members of the Society and their guests are invited to dine on the gun deck of HMS Warrior following the Annual General Meeting and a tour of the ship. Unfortunately, this year we cannot hold the event on Victory as major conservation work involves significant disruption to access of the internal […] Read More

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Naval Dockyards Society Call for Papers!

December 2020

Dockyards and Baltic Campaigns (1721–2021): Comparisons and Transformations  25th Annual Conference: 27 March 2021 – Livestreamed This one-day conference will examine the role of the naval dockyards and bases that were closely associated with Baltic naval campaigns. 1721 was the year that the Great Northern War was finally concluded. The key dockyards in this war […] Read More

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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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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