The British Commission for Maritime History (BCMH) aims to enhance knowledge and understanding of the maritime dimensions of history, a subject area that embraces naval, sea transport, fisheries and marine recreational history as well as nautical archaeology.

To achieve its aim, BCMH encourages enthusiasts, historians and students to engage in research and learning in maritime history by awarding prizes to undergraduates, prizes for MA and PhD students, organising a public lecture series and convening the annual ‘New Researchers in Maritime History’ conference.

BCMH is a charitable trust. Its members are drawn from UK museums, universities and other maritime-related organisations. It enjoys the generous sponsorship of various bodies, notably the Society for Nautical Research, the Maritime Information Association and Lloyd’s Register.