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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Anderson Medal Presentation & Reception – Thursday 28 April 2022

March 2022

The Society for Nautical Research is pleased to present this year’s Anderson Medal, for the best maritime publication, to Richard Endsor for his book The Master Shipwright’s Secrets: How Charles II built the Restoration Navy. The award of the medal and a presentation by Richard Endsor will take place in the Leopold Muller Lecture Theatre […] 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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Save the Solebay Tapestries!

February 2022

The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich has launched a campaign to save one of the greatest tapestries in any collection in the UK and the largest tapestry in the collection of the museum. The Solebay tapestries, designed in Greenwich by Willem Van de Velde the Elder who was eyewitness to this battle that took place […] 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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100th Anniversary of the Dry Docking of HMS Victory

January 2022

Today marks the 100th anniversary that HMS Victory was towed into her dry dock in Portsmouth, the first crucial step in saving her for future generations. Her conservation still continues with a new £35 million conservation project announced today. Launched at the naval dockyard in Chatham in in 1765, Victory enjoyed a remarkable career, most […] Read More

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National Historic Ships UK Annual Awards

November 2021

Watch the 2021 Awards Ceremony, filmed at Boathouse 4 in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Find out who this year’s winners are for the National Historic Ships UK Photography Competition, Marsh Volunteer, Flagships of the Year and Excellence in Maritime Conservation Awards, plus hear from their new Shipshape Network Hubs. There’s also  a virtual tour of Boathouse […] Read More

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Maritime Heritage Trust Heritage Harbour

November 2021

The development of Heritage Harbours is a joint initiative by the Maritime Heritage Trust (MHT) and National Historic Ships (NHS) Shipshape Network; with strong support from the European Maritime Heritage (EMH). It proposes that historic Ports and harbours in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland become officially recognized as ‘Heritage Harbours’. These developing Heritage Harbours […] Read More

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AGM 2022

November 2021

The Society’s 2022 Annual General Meeting will be held at the National Museum of the Royal Navy on 11 June 2022, coinciding with the Naval Dockyards Society Conference on 9, 10 and 11 June, also in Portsmouth. 2022 is also the 100th anniversary of the dry-docking of HMS Victory and the centenary of the start […] Read More

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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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