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Joseph Banks Lecture Series at the National Maritime Museum

August 2017

This lecture series aims to bring Joseph Banks to wider public understanding, in advance of the 250th anniversary of the Endeavour voyage in 1768 and the 200th anniversary of Banks’s death in 1820. In a career spanning more than fifty years, Sir Joseph Banks (1743–1820) became one of the most influential figures in European science. […] Read More

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The Laughton Unit, Kings College London.

August 2017

The Laughton Unit based in the Department of War Studies, Kings College London has increased its  digital presence to make its researchers, events and progress as a research unit more accessible. The unit was started in 2001 by Professor Andrew Lambert in honour of the founding ‘father’ of the field of naval history, Professor John Laughton. […] Read More

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New “Death in the Ice” Franklin Exhibition Open at the N.M.M.

August 2017

Captain Sir John Franklin made three attempts to find the North-West Passage. His final voyage in 1845 in HMS Erebus and HMS Terror ended in tragedy for him and all his men. He sailed for the Arctic in May with the ships H.M.S. Erebus and H.M.S. Terror. By previous standards the ships were powerful and […] Read More

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Call for Papers: Buccaneers, Corsairs, Pirates and Privateers Symposium

August 2017

Buccaneers, Corsairs, Pirates and Privateers – Connecting the Early Modern Seas (international symposium, 13-14 April 2018) Bielefeld University (Germany), 13-14 April 2018 Until recently manifestations of piracy as well as of its state-sanctioned counterpart, privateering, were mostly discussed as geographically isolated cultural phenomena. Depictions of armed robbery at sea in the early modern period have […] Read More

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Appeal by the N.M.R.N. to preserve Falklands veteran Landing Craft Foxtrot 7

July 2017

  The National Museum of the Royal Navy is planning to conserve Landing Craft Foxtrot 7, a veteran of the Falklands War, with thirty years service through war and peace. It will cost £25,000 for the conservation work and to move the historic craft from its present site to its new home in Portsmouth Historic […] Read More

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SNR ANNOUNCES PROFESSOR JOHN HATTENDORF AS FIRST RECIPIENT OF ANDERSON LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

July 2017

The society is delighted to announce that John Hattendorf, former Ernest J KingProfessor of Maritime History at the US Naval War College, Rhode Island, is the first recipient of the award for lifetime achievement in memory of Dr R C Anderson. For twenty years, the society, specifically through its Research and Programmes committee, has awarded an […] Read More

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Buyer Urgently Needed for Historic Boat Collection

July 2017

The remarkable and unique historic boat collection of some 300 historic boats from around the World, assembled by the late Major David Goddard M.B.E that once formed the collection of the Exeter Maritime Museum, which sadly closed in 1997, is once more in danger of being broken up unless a buyer can be found urgntly. […] Read More

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Second World War Shipwreck Destroyed by Illegal Salvage

June 2017

Following reports in December, highlighted by the Society for Nautical Research, of the destruction of a number of British, Dutch and American Second World War shipwrecks on the bottom of the Java Sea off the coast of Indonesia, a survey of the Royal Australian Navy light cruiser H.M.A.S. Perth, which, much like H.N.L.M.S. De Ruyter, H.N.L.M.S. […] Read More

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Anderson Medal Awards Presentation and Acceptance Speech

June 2017

The acceptance speech for the Society’s Anderson Medal, awarded this year to Rear Admiral James Goldrick for his book BEFORE JUTLAND: The Naval War in Northern European Waters, August 1914–February 1915 can now be viewed here. About the Book Before Jutland is a definitive study of the naval engagements in northern European waters in 1914–15 […] Read More

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