The annual Proctor Lecture celebrates David Proctor’s great contribution to maritime history both in Britain and internationally. Fittingly, the distinguished scholars invited to present the lecture alternate between home and overseas lecturers.
The Proctor lecture takes place at Lloyd’s Register, 71 Fenchurch Street, London EC3M 4BS. Admission to this lecture is solely by ticket, available from Barbara Jones, Information Services, at Lloyd’s or by emailing email@example.com
2017 Proctor Memorial Lecture
23 November 2017:
Sailing around Belligerents’ Restrictions: American Shipping to Bordeaux during the French Wars (1793-1815)
Silvia Marzagalli, Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis
David Proctor, who died in July 2000, was a man of wide culture; his interests embraced maritime history, the arts, music, and much more. His book Music and the Sea demonstrated the breadth of his scholarship, ranging over the centuries and drawing on his research in many European archives.
Until his retirement, David was Keeper of Manuscripts at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, where he was a source of advice to countless scholars, often from overseas, who sought his guidance. Such qualities led to him serving as Secretary-General of the International Commission for Maritime History in its early years. He did much to establish its structures and pattern of activity as well as contributing to its conferences held under the aegis of the International Commission for Historical Sciences. He also played a significant role in the founding of the International Congress of Maritime Museums.
David was a founder member of the British Commission and its first Secretary. He inaugurated the King’s Maritime History Seminar which he organized for many years.
Previous Proctor Lectures
The Armada Portrait: Manifesto for a Maritime Empire?
Christine Riding, National Maritime Museum
Collaboration Between Two Maritime Nations? Britain and The Netherlands in the Nineteenth Century
Joost Schokkenbroek, National Maritime Museum and VU University Amsterdam
Taking the War to Napoleon: Strategy, Merchant Shipping, and Private-Sector Warship Building, 1803-1815
Professor Roger Knight, University of Greenwich
Boom, collapse and life after near-death: Norwegian shipping after 1960
Stig Tenhold, The Norwegian School of Economics, Bergen
Breaching neutrality: British privateering and Swedish prizes, 1650-1713
Professor Steve Murdoch, University of St Andrews
Mr Onassis and game theory
Professor Gelina Harlaftis, Ionian University, Corfu
The naval arms race and the great naval Armageddon, 1750-1815
Dr Michael Duffy, University of Exeter
German shipping companies during the ‘great depression’, 1929-1934
Dr Lars U Scholl, Director of the German Maritime Museum and Professor of Maritime History at the University of Bremen
The cartographic struggle for the Arctic passages, 1550-1650
Dr Sarah Tyacke CB, Royal Holloway, University of London
Research in the history of navigation: its role in maritime history
Dr Willem F J Mörzer Bruyns, Nederlands Scheepvartmuseum, Amsterdam (ret.)
Humankind and the sea: the changing relationship since the late eighteenth century
Dr David M Williams, University of Leicester