New Researchers in Maritime History

ss Great Britain hero shot, December 2017

ss Great Britain, host of the 2018 New Researchers’ Conference

At this conference, the British Commission supports emerging scholars who wish to share their work in a supportive environment and build relations with other maritime historians. We 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.

Swansea harbour

Swansea – location for our 2009 New Researchers’ Conference

It is held in the spring of each year, and the location moves around Britain, as the conference is hosted by a variety of universities and museums.

The next conference will be hosted on 22-23 March 2019 by Liverpool John Moores University and the Centre for Port and Maritime History.

The World Ship Society have generously agreed to provide a small number of travel bursaries for presenters and attendees, particularly for postgraduate students, but independent researchers can also apply.

Please note that applications for these bursaries should be sent to the World Ship Society, not to the British Commission for Maritime History.

For more information about the conference, contact Prof. Nick White.


Previous conferences

Professor Maria Fusaro, University of Exeter 2010

Professor Maria Fusaro at the 2010 New Reseachers’ Conference, University of Exeter.

Speakers at 2010 Conference, University of Exeter

Sarah Kinkel and Timothy Daniels, postgraduate speakers at the 2010 conference








  • 2018 – ss Great Britain, Bristol
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    (Acrobat (PDF) format PDF file, 219KB, 7 pages).
  • Due to unforeseen circumstances, no 2017 New Researchers Conference was held.
  • 2016 – Plymouth University
  • 2015 – University of Greenwich
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    (Acrobat (PDF) format PDF file, 115KB, 3 pages).
  • 2013 – SS Great Britain, Bristol
  • 2012 – Glasgow Museum
  • 2011 – University of Hull
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    (Acrobat (PDF) format PDF file, 100KB, 4 pages).
  • 2010 – University of Exeter
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    (Acrobat (PDF) format PDF file, 100KB, 4 pages).
  • 2009 – Waterfront Museum, Swansea
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    (Acrobat (PDF) format PDF file, 100KB, 4 pages).
  • 2008 – University of Salford
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    (Acrobat (PDF) format PDF file, 112KB, 5 pages).
  • 2007 – National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Falmouth
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    (Acrobat (PDF) format PDF file, 135KB, 6 pages).