English travellers to Venice, 1450-1600 – Professor Michael G. Brennan

August 2021

The Annual EGR Taylor Lecture at the Royal Geographical Society In 1959 a group of distinguished scholars established an annual lecture in honour of Professor Emeritus Eva G. R. Taylor, the first female professor of geography in the UK, on the occasion of her 80th birthday on 22 June 1959. The sponsoring organisations, amongst others, […] Read More

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Chairman’s Column

July 2021

Below is the Chairman’s Column from the latest edition of our quarterly free newsletter, Topmasts. This edition includes the oft-forgotten naval vessel class, the big-gun monitor, frequently armed with the ‘cast off’ weapons from much grander units; the only remaining Canadian example of a workhorse of Second World War convoy escorts, the corvette; the story of […] Read More

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HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

April 2021

It is with great sadness that the Society for Nautical Research has learned of the passing of our patron, HRH the Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness had a strong family connection with the society, his grandfather Prince Louis of Battenberg having been our founding President and his uncle Earl Mountbatten having been his immediate […] Read More

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Dr Norman Friedman – Anderson Lifetime Achievement Award

March 2021

We are delighted to announce that Dr Norman Friedman, one of America’s most prominent naval analysts and author of works covering a range of naval subjects, has been awarded the Anderson Lifetime Achievement Award. This award, given in memory of Dr Anderson, is made on an occasional basis by Council acting on recommendations from the Research & […] Read More

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Andrew Baines Wins The Victory Medal 2021

February 2021

Andrew Baines studied both Quantity Surveying and Maritime Conservation Science at the University of Portsmouth. He has developed a career in the care of historic ships, working first on HMS Warrior, before moving to HMS Victory as curator. He subsequently became Head of Historic Ships and is now Deputy Executive Director of Museum Operations at […] Read More

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Anderson Medal 2019 Announced!

January 2021

We are delighted to announce that, out of all the various nominations, the prestigious Anderson Medal, for the best maritime non-fiction book of 2019 has been awarded to Professor Evan Mawdsley for his book The War for the Seas: A Maritime History of World War II. The judging panel felt that: Unlike some similar books […] Read More

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Anderson Medal Presentation and Reception – Postponed

March 2020

It is with much regret that we have decided to postpone presenting the 2019 Anderson Medal to Professor Crosbie Smith, which was due to have taken place at the Leopold Muller Lecture Theatre of the National Maritime Museum on Thursday 23rd April.   As you will all be aware, coronavirus – covid19 is causing many […] Read More

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New Researchers in Maritime History Conference 2020

February 2020

Chatham Dockyard 27-28 March 2020 The British Commission for Maritime History (BCMH), in association with the Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, invites you to join them for the twenty-sixth conference for new researchers. For 400 years the dockyard provided new ships and repair facilities for the Royal Navy, from sailing warships, steam warships to submarines. It […] Read More

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Victory Dinner 2020 – Tickets now SOLD OUT – (waiting list now open for any cancelled places that may occur).

February 2020

Please note that bookings for the 2020 Society Victory Dinner have now reached the maximum 102  – either paid for or reserved. Numbers allowed to dine on board at any one time are strictly limited so I cannot therefore take any more automatic bookings via our website. There is a possibility that there may be […] Read More

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Society Dinner on board HMS Victory, Saturday 13 June 2020

January 2020

Please note that bookings for the 2020 Society Victory Dinner have now reached the maximum 102  – either paid for or reserved.  Numbers allowed to dine on board at any one time are strictly limited so I cannot therefore take any more automatic bookings via our website. There is a possibility that there may be […] Read More

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Anderson Medal Winner (2018) Announced

December 2019

Coal Steam and Ships: Engineering Enterprise and Empire on the Nineteenth Century Seas. We are delighted to announce that out of sixteen nominations the prestigious Anderson Medal, for the best maritime non-fiction book in 2018 has been awarded to Professor Crosbie Smith for his book Coal Steam and Ships: Engineering Enterprise and Empire on the […] Read More

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