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Naval Dockyards Society – Eighteenth Annual Conference

The Naval Dockyards Society will be holding its eighteenth annual conference on Saturday 29 March 2014 at the Lecture Theatre, National Maritime Museum Greenwich from 11.00-4.45pm. The theme of conference is British Dockyards in the First World War. Commemorating this momentous centenary, the focus on Dreadnoughts and Rosyth is apt, as Dreadnought warships were crucial to […]

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Tattoos, Tars and Sailortown Culture

Middle-England seemingly went into shock when it was announced that David Dimbleby, broadcaster and establishment figure par excellence had succumbed to having a tattoo. Although some time has now elapsed since Dimbleby’s tattoo made headline news, getting the tattoo whilst filming a documentary about ‘Britain and the Seas’ taps into something that time has not weakened. […]

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The Coastal History Blog 9: “Coasts of the Anthropocene”

This posting follows close on the heels of the last one, which summarized an interdisciplinary conference I attended on “Rivers of the Anthropocene.”  The conference left me with a lot to consider.  There has been some informal discussion on Twitter about what an equivalent conference organized around coasts would look like.  What is the anthropocene […]

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“The Sure Shield of Britain and of her Empire in the Hour of Trial”: sailors in the First World War

Given the upcoming centenary of the Great War this year it is understandable that we find ourselves saturated with discussions of the tragedy that befell the European empires in 1914. Yet, despite this wide and encouraging engagement with the topic, the key focus of popular debate is centred on the many millions who died fighting […]

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Alan Villiers Memorial Lecture Essay Competition, 2014

The website britishnavalhistory.com has announced a competition for Postgraduates involved in the research of maritime and naval history. All entries must be a piece of primary source research and the successful entrant will receive a bursary and the opportunity to deliver their paper at British Naval History’s forthcoming conference, ‘German Submarine Warfare 1914-1918’ in October […]

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