The next New Researchers Conference will be held at Chatham Dockyard, 12-13 March 2021

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New Researchers Conference

Research degree students and independent scholars are warmly encouraged to share their work at our annual New Researchers Conference.

Student and Research Prizes

Are you a student working on maritime history? Apply for our Undergraduate and Postgraduate prizes.

New Researchers in Maritime History 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.

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.


New Researchers Conference 2021 at Chatham Dockyard, 12-13 March

Chatham Historic Dockyard

The 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.

The conference begins on Friday 12 March with a keynote lecture by Dr Helen Doe:

Fit for Purpose: Merchant Shipbuilders and the Naval Dockyards during the Napoleonic Wars

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For more information about the conference, please write to our New Researchers Coordinator.

The Commission supports a clear Code of Conduct during its events.


See details of previous New Researchers Conferences

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

ss Great Britain, host of the 2018 New Researchers Conference

Floating exhibits Swansea cc-by-sa/2.0 - © Chris Allen -

Swansea – location for our 2009 New Researchers Conference