New Researchers Conference 2020


Chatham Historic Dockyard, 27-28 March 2020


The British Commission for Maritime History (BCMH), in association with the Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, invites you to join them for the twenty-sixth conference for new researchers. For 400 years the dockyard provided new ships and repair facilities for the Royal Navy, from sailing warships, steam warships to submarines. It is a wonderful location in which to hold this annual conference and provides a unique opportunity to hear from new scholars presenting their work in a historic setting.

Outline programme

Friday 27th March
From 14:00 there will be opportunities for delegates to join guided tours of The Historic Dockyard Chatham.

At 18:00, there will be a keynote lecture:

Dr Helen Doe,  ‘Fit for Purpose: Merchant Shipbuilders and the Naval Dockyards during the Napoleonic Wars’.

This will be 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 HMS 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 HMS Invincible (1758).

Saturday 28th March
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. Lunch included.

A full programme and accepted abstracts will be available closer to the date.