No. 11 AREA

 The National Museum of the Royal Navy

Research Programme

Seminars presenting new research on aspects of naval history:

New and established scholars will present their latest academic research, analysis and opinions on their areas of expertise. All seminars will take place in the Princess Royal Gallery, NMRN Portsmouth and are free of charge.


8th October (17:30 - 18:30)
Devonport and Portsmouth naval dockyards.
Ann Coats, University of Portsmouth

12th November (17:30 - 18:30)
Naval Diplomacy in the Post-Cold War Global Order.
Kevin Rowlands, King’s College London

10th December (17:30 - 18:30)
Crescent moon, star and eagle: Portsmouth and the Russian Navy 1765-1815.
James Thomas, University of Portsmouth


14th January (17:30 - 18:30)
The Sea Officers: Gentility and Professionalism in the Royal Navy, 1775-1815.
Evan Wilson, University of Oxford

11th February (17:30 - 1830)
Sydney Marrow Eardley-Wilmot and ‘The battle of the North Sea’.
Jorit Wintjes, University of Wurtzburg

11th March (17:30 - 18:30)
Developing British Maritime Airpower for the 21st Century: The Evolution of the Queen
Elizabeth-class Aircraft Carriers, 1998-2014.
James Bosbotinis, King’s College London

13th May (17:30 - 18:30)
The Provincial Marine and preparations for the War of 1812: a study of Britain's forgotten colonial navy.
Ian Stafford, Independent Scholar

10th June (17:30 - 18:30)
‘Cleanse or Die’: British Naval hygiene in the Age of Steam.
Elise Smith, University of Oxford




17th/18th April
Statesmen and seapower
This conference addresses the vital connections between seapower and politics. It will examine the ways seapower has interacted with the political process and the personalities who wielded seapower to greater or lesser effect.

9th/10th May
Victory 250: ‘The Old Wooden Walls of England’ Building the Sailing Navy
This conference will celebrate the 250th anniversary of the launching of HMS Victory in 1765 and examine the national effort needed to produce the sailing navy and the impact it had on finance, industrialisation, technology, the environment, politics, strategy, defence and wider British and imperial society.

4th/5th September
Saving the Nation; striking the enemy: the Royal Navy and 1940
75 years have passed since the German invasions of Scandinavia, France and the Low Countries, since the Battle of Britain and since the Battle of the Atlantic took on a new level of ferocity. The images and myths of these battles and campaigns in 1940 still resonate with British society. This conference will examine the myths and reality of 1940 from a maritime perspective.

For more details on any of the above conferences, please email or write to Dr Duncan Redford, The National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth PO1 3NH.

Researchers wishing to contribute papers on any aspect of naval history to the 2015-16 seminar series should email a title and a 300 word abstract of their proposed paper, plus a one page CV to Dr Duncan Redford at