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British Commission for Maritime History – New Researchers in Maritime History Conference

4 Sep 2020 - 5 Sep 2020

British Commission for Maritime History - New Researchers in Maritime History Conference

Hosted by Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust & Sponsored by Society for Nautical Research

*New date – 4 & 5 September 2020 *

The conference, run by the British Commission for Maritime History and sponsored by the Society for Nautical Research, supports emerging scholars who wish to share their work in a supportive environment and build relations with other maritime historians. The Conference gives new researchers a unique opportunity to present their work in a constructive and supportive environment and build relations with other maritime historians. The conference is open to everyone with an interest in this subject.

During the afternoon of Friday 4 September, there will be opportunities for delegates to join guided tours of The Historic Dockyard Chatham.

At 18:00, there will be a keynote lecture followed by a buffet and the opportunity to explore the Award-Winning Command of the Oceans Galleries. This Gallery features two internationally significant maritime archaeological discoveries – the timbers of the Namur (1756), intriguingly laid to rest beneath the floor of the old Wheelwrights’ workshop, and an incredible treasure trove of archaeological objects recovered from the sea bed, from the Invincible (1758).

On Saturday 5 September, the Conference will include papers from new researchers on a wide range of topics. The day will start at 9.00 and finish around 4.30.

For any queries regarding your booking or Call for Papers please email

Programme and Accepted Abstracts will be added nearer the time


Full programme to follow

See below the proposed programme for this event. Full programme to follow soon.

Friday 4 September 2020 - Welcome

14:00 – 17:00 Welcome to the Site and Guided Tours of The Historic Dockyard Chatham – Meet at Visitor Entrance, the Historic Dockyard.

Location: Visitor Entrance

Friday 4 September 2020 – Keynote Address

17:00 – 18:00 Registration

18:00 – 19:15 Keynote Address – Dr. Helen Doe MA, PhD, FRHistS, FRSA ‘Fit for Purpose: Merchant Shipbuilders and the Naval Dockyards during the Napoleonic Wars’

19: 15 – 21: 15 Buffet Reception at the Award-Winning Command of the Oceans Gallery

Location: Volunteer Centre, Fitted Rigging House
Minibus available to transport between Fitted Rigging House and the Command of the Oceans Gallery if required.

Saturday 5 September 2020 - Conference

Full Programme to be released nearer the date
09:00 – 17:00 Series of talks.

Location: Volunteer Centre, Fitted Rigging House

Call for Papers: The British Commission for Maritime History encourage applications from research degree students and warmly encourage participation by independent scholars. Contributions can address all aspects of maritime history in its broadest sense.

What's On

What's on

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – Notice to Visitors

As with the rest of the world, Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust is closely monitoring the situation around the global pandemic of COVID-19.

It is with sadness that following UK Government guidelines we have closed our visitor attraction to the public until further notice.

This closure also extends to Call the Midwife Official Location Tours.

Whilst outside of our control, we apologise for any inconvenience caused during this difficult time and would like to thank all our visitors for their understanding during this challenging period.

We are taking forward orders and enquiries for business ‘post lockdown’ – Master Ropemakers Ltd, film & TV productions, Call the Midwife tours, group travel, weddings, corporate hospitality and conferences.

Last updated: 28 May 2020