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Maritime History North: Spring 2024 Conference

February 2024

Fishing –The Men (and Women) and The Boats Maritime History North are back in Hull this March for what promises to be a fascinating day focussing on the important and dangerous business of Fishing. From the early days of the last century to the current time, developments and drama and the impact of this often-overlooked […] Read More

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Devonport Naval Heritage Centre Reopening!

February 2024

Fantastic news: After several months of work to improve the visitor experience, the Devonport Naval Heritage Centre will be reopening for 2024 on 20th March and thereafter every Wednesday and second Saturday of the month until the end of October.  Situated just outside Devonport Naval Base, the Heritage Centre holds a large collection of models, […] Read More

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Victory Medal 2023

January 2024

We are delighted to announce that this year the Victory Medal, given for exceptional dedication to the preservation of maritime heritage, has been awarded to Henry Cleary OBE for his lifelong involvement in this field. A contribution that has seen him involved in both practical hands-on conservation, namely his purchase, restoration and donation to the […] Read More

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Anderson Medal 2023

January 2024

We are delighted to announce that the prestigious Anderson Medal for 2023 has
been awarded to Professor Roger Knight for his book Convoys: The British Struggle
against Napoleonic Europe and America (New Haven, Yale University Press). The judging panel considered a strong list of nominees, covering a wide range of
subjects under the broad heading of maritime history. […] Read More

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Call for Papers: Warships Resting in Peace

January 2024

The research program ‘The Lost Navy: Sweden’s “blue” heritage c. 1450-1850’ invites you to submit an abstract for a paper to be presented at the international conference ‘Warships Resting in Peace,’ which will take place in Suomenlinna, Helsinki, Finland, on June 3-5, 2024. Maritime and naval heritage around the Baltic Sea has many shapes. A […] Read More

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27th Naval Dockyards Society Conference 2024

November 2023

Naval Dockyards Society 28th Annual Conference Call for Papers The D-Day Story, Portsmouth Saturday 18 May 2024 Sponsored by the Society for Nautical Research   From Yards to Hards: Preparing Allied naval forces for the 1944 Normandy Landings How were UK and overseas naval establishments occupied in constructing, supplying and transporting troops, harbours and pipelines? […] Read More

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Beyond the Ocean’s Depths: Revisiting the Challenger Expedition (1872-1876) Interdisciplinary Conference

October 2023

Royal Museums Greenwich, with support from the Challenger Society for Marine Science and the UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies, are pleased to announce that registration is now open for ‘Beyond the Ocean’s Depths: Revisiting the Challenger Expedition (1872-1876) Interdisciplinary Conference’, to be held 7-8 November 2023 at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. 150 years ago, HMS Challenger departed England on a quest to […] Read More

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Shipwreck Survivors Project

September 2023

We’ve received the letter below about an exciting new project at the University of Plymouth collecting oral histories from shipwreck survivors – please share and get in touch if you can help. ‘I’m Dan Jamieson and I’m just starting a PhD at Plymouth University gathering oral histories of shipwreck survivors. The aim is to interview […] Read More

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