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The E G R Taylor Lecture: Online

August 2020

Estimates and Instruments: The Case for Comparative Maritime History Dr. Margaret Schotte 8 October 2020 6.30 – 7.45pm As they ventured across the open oceans, early modern European navigators faced a host of technical challenges, from calculating the tides to estimating the speed of their vessels. When it came to the specific details of their […] Read More

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Naval Dockyards Society announces five Dockyard Project Grants

June 2020

The Naval Dockyards Society announces five Dockyard Project Grants. It is hoped that this initiative will give a valuable boost to small dockyard heritage organisations to enhance their capacity and provisions. The 2020 AGM agreed that NDS would offer five special Naval Dockyards Society Dockyard Project Grants to support a dockyard museum/dockyard heritage site project anywhere in the […] 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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The Collingwood Society Event

February 2020

History has left us with the remains of wooden warships throughout the ages, some above the surface, some below.  Fortunately too, there are specialists who have acquired the skills of preserving them for the education and enjoyment of future generations.  Technology today has increased the knowledge and skills surrounding this.  From Viking longships, through the […] Read More

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Maritime History North Spring Conference, – postponed until 31 March 2021

February 2020

Ticket prices (including Conference Fee, tea/coffee and buffet lunch) are as follows: Students (upon production of proof of full time education if requested), MR/MN/RN serving personnel (upon production of a valid ID card if requested)              £15   Full members of the sponsoring organisations: (Maritime History North and the Society for Nautical Research)                          […] Read More

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Dockyard Maties, Portsmouth Maps and Corsets

February 2020

  Dockyard Maties, Portsmouth Maps and Corsets A Celebration of Ray Riley’s Life and Work   A day of talks on local history and geography, Menuhin Room, Portsmouth Central Library, Saturday 28 March 2020   10.00 – 10.20 Registration.  Tea/Coffee Morning Chair:  Dr Hugh Mason 10.20 – 11.30   Session 1 10.20 – 10.40       Tim Allison          […] 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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Queer Seas: Looking for LGBTQI People in Maritime History

February 2020

Queer Seas: looking for LGBTQI people in maritime history: An illustrated talk about the secret Royal and Merchant Navy past. Saturday 8 Feb, at 2.30pm, at Devonport Naval Heritage Centre, PL1 4RW 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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