The British Commission for Maritime History (BCMH) aims to enhance knowledge and understanding of human societies’ relationship with the sea throughout the past, a subject area that embraces a wide variety of historical topics including social, political, economic, naval, coastal, and technological history, as well as nautical archaeology.

To achieve this objective, BCMH encourages enthusiasts, historians, and students to engage in research and learning in maritime history by:

BCMH is a charitable trust. Its Trustees 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.

We welcome enquiries about our activities and maritime history in general: get in touch.