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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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Anderson Medal Presentation and Reception – Postponed

March 2020

It is with much regret that we have decided to postpone presenting the 2019 Anderson Medal to Professor Crosbie Smith, which was due to have taken place at the Leopold Muller Lecture Theatre of the National Maritime Museum on Thursday 23rd April.   As you will all be aware, coronavirus – covid19 is causing many […] Read More

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The Collingwood Society Event

February 2020

History has left us with the remains of wooden warships throughout the ages, some above the surface, some below.  Fortunately too, there are specialists who have acquired the skills of preserving them for the education and enjoyment of future generations.  Technology today has increased the knowledge and skills surrounding this.  From Viking longships, through the […] Read More

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