News & Topmasts

Call for Papers! Haunted Shores: Coastlands, Coastal Waters, and the Littoral Gothic

November 2020

We seek participants in an online symposium to explore coasts and shores in the Gothic and to discuss a potential edited volume of essays. At this early stage, we invite proposals for short, 10-15 minute presentations, but would also like to hear from anyone interested in attending or taking part. The Online Symposium will take […] Read More

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Land Ahoy! Talks on Maritime History and Heritage at the University of Plymouth

November 2020

  Explore underwater heritage and naval history with experts from the University of Plymouth – filmed on location at several of Plymouth’s most renowned maritime landmarks.  The Land ahoy! talks are an exciting opportunity for all to learn more about the people that work to protect our seas. The Disaster that obscured near catastrophe: a […] Read More

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Naval Dockyards Society Virtual Conference: Saturday 31 October 2020

October 2020

Naval Dockyards Society Virtual Conference: Saturday 31 October 2020 National Maritime Museum, Greenwich Where Empires Collide: Dockyards and Naval Bases in and around the Indian Ocean This one-day conference will examine the role and scope of naval bases and naval support facilities in and around the Indian Ocean. Were bases built to defend colonies, control colonies, or […] Read More

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The Mariner’s Mirror Podcast

October 2020

We are delighted to announce that the Society has just launched a podcast – The Mariner’s Mirror Podcast. We have some fantastic partners lined up to work with in the coming months. The podcast is presented by the historian Sam Willis. The podcast will Increase public awareness of maritime history and its importance to the […] Read More

Call for Manuscripts: The Materiality of Sino-Foreign Maritime Cultural Exchange

September 2020

  Call for Manuscripts: The Materiality of Sino-Foreign Maritime Cultural Exchange To date, the earliest known evidence of Sino-Foreign Maritime Cultural Exchange remains from the Han Dynasty (206 BCE – 220 CE) voyages of Emperor Wu’s envoys to Southeast Asia in 111 BCE.1 In the intervening 2,000 years, the sea routes which facilitated this contact, […] Read More

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King’s Maritime History Seminars, 2020-21

September 2020

The King’s Maritime History Seminars will be re-starting with three, fully-online events in the autumn term, 2020.  We look forward to welcoming you from the safety of wherever you are to the usual experience of rewarding papers and open discussion on maritime and naval history.  As circumstances change, we be monitoring the situation, and a […] Read More

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A Veritable Volcano”: The Life and Legacy of Admiral Lord ‘Jacky’ Fisher, 20 October

September 2020

Penelope Fisher, film producer “Sea Lord” talks at “A Veritable Volcano”: The Life and Legacy of Admiral Lord ‘Jacky’ Fisher” free online symposium on Tuesday 20 October 3pm to 5pm, organised by the Churchill Archives Centre. Penelope Fisher, producer of the film “Sea Lord” will be talking at a free online symposium about the life […] Read More

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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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