Call for Papers: Conference for the 50th Anniversary of the Royal Navy’s Nuclear Deterrent

November 2017

15 June 2018 marks the 50th Anniversary of H.M.S. Resolution, the Royal Navy’s first Polaris SSBN (Nuclear Ballistic Missile Submarine), commencing her first operational patrol. This conference, to be hosted by the National Museum of the Royal Navy at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum and Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower, will explore the history of the British nuclear deterrent. Any methodological approach and any aspect of the history of this period will be very welcome, although the core subject matter will be the Royal Navy’s role as the operators of the principal delivery system since 1968.

Credit: IWM CT 121

Papers which address the following areas will be especially welcome:

  • Experience of serving in or commanding SSBNs
  • Operational history of the UK deterrent
  • Deterrence theory
  • Costs of the deterrent and impact on wider UK defence spending
  • Intelligence
  • Impact of the British deterrent on international relations
  • The future of the UK deterrent
  • Social and cultural history of the nuclear deterrent.
  • Moral and ethical issues surrounding nuclear weapons
  • Material Culture. Telling the story through museum collections, submarines and other legacy evidence.

To submit a paper proposal please send a 300 word outline and a one page CV by 22 December 2017 to:

Alexandra Geary

Credit: IWM A 35105

Royal Navy Submarine Museum
Haslar Jetty Road
PO12 2AS


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