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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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The Edward S. Miller Research Fellowship in Naval History.

August 2021

The Naval War College Foundation intends to award one grant of up to $4,000 or two grants of up to $2,000 each to the researcher(s) with the greatest need who can make optimum use of the naval history research materials located in the Naval War College’s Naval Historical Collection, Naval War College Museum, and Henry […] Read More

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Calls for Papers: Continuity and Change in the Indian Ocean in an Age of Uncertainty

July 2021

12-13 November 2021, Sheridan Institute of Higher Education and the Western Australian Maritime Museum Sheridan Institute of Higher Education, in partnership with Australian Association for Maritime History and the Western Australian Maritime Museum, will host the second biennial Indian Ocean Studies Conference on 12–13 November 2021. The theme of this year’s conference is Continuity and […] Read More

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Chairman’s Column

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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Online Conference: All at Sea – Seafarer Wellbeing and Mental Health; Past, Present and Future

June 2021

The National Maritime Museum, in partnership with The Mission to Seafarers, is pleased to invite you to All at Sea – Seafarer Wellbeing and Mental Health; Past, Present and Future – a free, one-day online conference on Thursday 24 June from 10.30 – 17.00.  The conference brings together a unique blend of industry leaders, international NGO’s, historians […] Read More

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National Historic Ships Virtual Flagship of the Year: LV50

June 2021

Friends of LV50 Win National Historic Ships UK 2021 Virtual Flagship of the Year Award! National Historic Ships UK have awarded LV50 the status  of ‘Virtual Flagship of the Year’ in recognition of their creativity and resilience in promoting continued online engagement with the vessel during the Covid-19 lockdown. LV50 is a rare Victorian wooden […] Read More

PhD Bursary: Lloyd’s Register Surveyors in China, 1869-1918 and Call for Papers

May 2021

PhD Bursary – ‘Lloyd’s Register Surveyors in China, 1869-1918’, October 2021 start date. In 2019 Lloyd’s Register (LR) celebrated 150 years of operation in China. This doctoral-level research project will assess the influence and impact that LR and its surveyors had on international understandings of health, safety, and risk management, and their broader influences on […] Read More

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The Teign Shanty Festival: Call for Maritime Historians!

May 2021

We have been contacted by the excellent Teign Shanty Festival who are looking for maritime historians to give talks on historic ships or any related subject relevant to a maritime theme. During the festival they will be hosting talks on a variety of subjects including scrimshaw, wooden boat building, the history of whaling, mussel fishing, […] 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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