Kent Shipbuilding Conference November 2024

Posted: Monday 17th June 2024

Kent Shipbuilding Conference November 2024

Event date: 7/8 November 2024

Location: Chatham Historic Dockyard


The programme for the Kent Shipbuilding conference this November has been announced by the Maritime Kent Special Interest Group (KAS). 

The conference is being run in conjunction with Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust who KAS thank for their support and interest. It is being held on Thursday 7th and Friday 8th November 2024. The Special Interest Group (SIG) KAS are excited about the conference and think it will be a great opportunity to highlight Kent's rich shipbuilding heritage. 


Places are now available to book at the following link


Conference Programme*

Thursday 7 November

9-9.30am Registration and Coffee

10.00am Welcome and Keynote - Richard Morsley (CEO Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust)

10.30am Outline of conference/ sessions – plus Maritime Kent SIG (5 mins)  Stuart Bligh

10.35am Session 1- Restoration and Replica (tbc)

Dover Bronze Age Boat – Paul Bennett

The Whitstable Oyster Yawl Gamecock: Past, Present and Future - Gordon Vincent

11.15am Panel questions

[11.35am Coffee/Tea Break]

12.00pm  Session 2 – Ship Archaeology (Chair – Catherine Holt)

Uncovering the Mysteries of the Sandwich Bay wooden wrecks - Peta Knott

The Graveney Boat – Damian Goodburn

12.40 Panel questions

[1-3pm Lunch to include tours/time to look around CHD/networking etc]

3.00pm Session 3 – Shipbuilders/social (Chair – Vanessa Sanderson)

The Shipwrights of Deptford Dockyard – Brian Lavery

Shipbuilding, labour and politics in Kent yards since 1700 - David Killingray

The Austins - Shipwrights and Barge Builders – Sarah Austin

4.00 Panel questions

4.30pm Finish

Friday 8 November

9-9.30am Registration and Coffee

10.00am Session 1 - Shipbuilding during wartime (Chair – Martin Crowther)

Shipbuilding at Richborough Port during WW1 - Colin Varrall

James Pollock, Faversham; Making the Best of It – Henry Cleary

10.40 Panel questions

[11.00am Coffee/Tea Break]

11.30am Session 2 - Resources and research (Chair – Emma Ovenden)

Ship and Boatbuilding at Gravesend in the Days of Sail & Oar – David Patient

Shipbuilding in Kent: an overview of the ship plan archives at the NMM – Jeremy Michell

11.50 Panel questions

[12.10pm Lunch]

2.00pm Session 3 - Shipbuilding at Chatham (Chair – Nick Ball)

Achilles – The Ship that transformed Chatham - Dr Philip MacDougall

The Warship Anne - Richard Endsor

2.40 Panel questions

3.00 Closing remarks – summary of key points from conference etc including next steps etc for the Maritime Kent SIG


*Please be aware that there may be some small adjustments in terms of timings if these prove necessary. 


Organised by The Maritime Kent Special Interest Group (KAS)

Emma Ovenden, Martin Crowther, Kieron Hoyle, Catherine Holt, Vanessa Sanderson and Stuart Bligh