King’s Maritime History Seminars, 2020-21

September 2020

The British Commission for Maritime History

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 full programme of events for the Spring term 2021 will be distributed in due course.


8 October 2020

Back Pocket Cruisers: the Royal Navy’s Tribal, Battle, and Daring Classes, the Genesis of the Modern Destroyer, Dr Alexander Clarke, Kingston University & ‘Naval History Live’


5 November 2020

The Queen’s Maritime Palace: the Monarchy and Naval Diplomacy at Osborne House, c. 1845-1890, Dr Lee Butcher, English Heritage & King’s College London


3 December 2020

The Frantic Atlantic: Ocean Liners in the Interwar Literary Imagination, Prof. Faye Hammill, University of Glasgow


As always, attendance is free and open to all.  To take part, you must register on Eventbrite by visiting the KCL School of Security Studies Events page.  Shortly before the event, you will receive instructions, by email, about how to join by Zoom.  Papers will begin, as usual, at 17:15 GMT.

The King’s Maritime History Seminar is hosted by the ‘Laughton Naval History Unit’ and the ‘Sir Michael Howard Centre for the History of War’ in the Department of War Studies, King’s College London.  It is organised by the British Commission for Maritime History in association with the Society for Nautical Research.  For further information contact Dr Alan James, War Studies, KCL, WC2R 2LS (


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