Funding

Through the generosity of previous members the Society for Nautical Research has a number of funds which it uses to support primary research into maritime history and its public dissemination through conferences, lectures and publications.

Anderson Bequest Fund

This fund was established with a legacy from Dr Roger Charles Anderson, a distinguished naval scholar and founder member of the Society. Support is given every year to conferences and lectures with nautical themes. In 2014 the Society’s Anderson Bequest Fund funded the conference dinner for the Conference on the Anglo-German arms race and the First World War at Sea in Portsmouth 16-18 July 2014. It also supports the annual Alan Villiers Memorial Lecture in Oxford.

This is also the Society’s primary fund for granting research awards totaling about £2,000 a year which can be made to individuals for any purpose related to research into any aspect of maritime history. Such Research grants have covered a wide range of projects and Research reports are published in Topmast.

What it’s for

  • Travel and living costs while undertaking archival research
  • Costs involved in other methods of research i.e. oral history or archaeology

How to apply

We welcome applications for grants from the beginning of the academic year (1 September until midnight on 15 January the following year). Your proposal should include:

  • Purpose of the research and how it will be conducted with full details of material to be used
  • Mention of any other application for funding
  • Sum requested and a detailed breakdown of how the money will be spent
  • Brief CV
  • Names, contact details and copies of recent references from two referees including any academic supervisor

**Your application will NOT be considered if either  a CV or copies of recent references are not supplied.**

We prefer to receive applications by email, but you may use post if you prefer. For details of where to send your application, please see our contacts page. You may not normally apply for more than one grant, but in exceptional circumstances you may reapply for an award of up to three annual grants if you provide satisfactory progress reports.

What happens next

If you are given a grant, the award will be announced in the Society’s newsletter and you will be expected to submit a brief report on how you have used it within six months of the completion of the project. This will be published in Topmast, the SNR newsletter. Any substantial publication of the research must fully acknowledge the Society’s support.

Tomlin Fund

The Tomlin Fund was established in 1993, after the death of Lt Cdr Richard Tomlin, who left a substantial bequest to the SNR. This fund supports education in historical maritime affairs by funding the New Researchers Conference each year as well as the King’s College London series of seminars. The balance of up to £1,500 is available each year for helping to meet exceptional costs of a special event supported by the Society such as for essential foreign travel by speakers for conferences or seminars. The Fund will, subject to availability, also support individual research grants.

What it’s for

  • Expenses incurred during archival research and the investigation of maritime history including maritime technology
  • Help with survey of or research relating to historic ships and shipbuilding
  • Cost of travel to present an appropriate paper at a conference, seminar or colloquium
  • Help with the cost of preparing a paper or publication such as illustrations or photographs
  • We do NOT contribute to fees for academic courses.

How to apply

See Anderson Bequest Fund above

What happens next

See Anderson Bequest Fund above

History

Lt Cdr Tomlin’s main interest for over 30 years was 19th century marine engineering, in particular the restoration of HMS Warrior. Launched in 1860, HMS Warrior was powered by both sail and steam and Lt Cdr Tomlin did extensive research on her engines and boilers. You can read more about her in the Portsmouth Dockyard website.

Farrar Fund

This bequest was created in 2006 following the death of the late Austin Packard Farrar and is available to the Trustees for specific initiatives designed to promote the reach and influence of the Society in the broad maritime sphere. It has in the past been called on to support the Centenary year activities as well as the process of digitization of The Mariner’s Mirror. It is now funding the development of this website.

The following film was made in Memoriam of Austin Farrar who had a keen interest in the preservation of HMS Victory and in particular in the construction of the Victory cutter. Farrar personally drew the cutter’s lines. He lived a remarkable life, and saved countless lives at sea by inventing the pulpit, the guard rail round the bows on modern yachts which serves as a vital handhold for anyone in difficulty. His obituary in the Daily Telegraph which includes the impressive fact that he was taught at school by Enid Blyton can be read here.