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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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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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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40th Annual World Ship Society Naval Meeting: 2nd June 2018

May 2018

To be held in the Bristol Commonwealth Society, 14 Whiteladies Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1PD from 10.30 – 17.00 with the following programme:   Speakers: Dr. Ian Speller: The development of Royal Navy amphibious warfare ships and craft, from 1945 to 1982. Dr. Malcolm Cooper: Blind Man’s Bluff: The Trade War at Sea May 1940 […] Read More

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Donations from the Society of Nautical Research exceeds a million pounds for HMS Victory

June 2017

The Society for Nautical Research has just donated £100,000 towards the costs of ongoing research and the continuing restoration of HMS Victory. The Society, which launched its ‘Save the Victory Fund in 1922′, has now given the ship over £1,262,000 since 1994. This latest award was presented by the Society’s chairman, Admiral Sir Kenneth Eaton, to […] Read More

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Annual Dinner on HMS Victory

February 2017

Each year the Society holds its AGM on board HMS Victory with a dinner held on the Lower Gundeck. Tickets for this year’s celebration are now available for Members to purchase in the Member’s Section of the website. The Society has particularly close ties with HMS Victory and was instrumental in her restoration in the 1920s. […] Read More

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The Franklin Expedition and HMS Erebus Artefacts

June 2015

In 1845 Sir John Franklin set out from London in search of the North West passage and never returned. More than thirty search parties were launched between 1848 and 1859 to find his ships and his men but it was not until September 2014 that the wreck of the Erebus was discovered after a five-year search […] Read More

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