Naval Dockyards Society 26th Annual Conference
Posted: Wednesday 23rd February 2022
Dockyards as nodes of naval architecture, maritime traditions and cultural heritage
National Museum of the Royal Navy Portsmouth 9-11 June 2022
Conference sponsored by the Society for Nautical Research
This 3-day hybrid international conference will present 6 speakers and a plenary session each day, probing these topics & themes
Keynote speakers Sir Neil Cossons OBE FSA, Professor Andrew Lambert FKC & Dr Antony Firth MCIfA
1. Thursday 9 June 2022 Building a warship
Ship design: master shipwrights, naval architects
Recovering skills: repairing historic sailing ships and building replica ships/boats
Trades and crafts
Time-work-discipline, work organisation
Private yard/royal dockyard comparison
2. Friday 10 June 2022 Dockyards as heritage
Museum spaces or working dockyard spaces?
Fossilised or living archive of dockyard structures?
Tourism: costs and benefits
Repurposed dockyards as exemplars of regeneration
3. Sat 11 June 2022 Dockyards as global hubs and regional centres of maritime culture
Drivers of innovation and technology
Loci of national power projection
Unique urban landscapes
Distinct demographic communities
- ‘Naval architecture’ encompasses the characteristics of dockyard structures and adjacent artisanal housing, as well as ship design. Ship timbers reused in dockyards create both tangible and intangible circles.
- ‘Nodes’ are entanglements, central points in a complex or system.
Behind the scences tours
Optional specialist behind-the-scenes archive, ship, dockyard and harbour tours in the afternoons of 9 & 10 June 2022 will be advertised separately when finalised, such as the Admiralty Library Naval Historical Branch Reading Room - Georgian Dockyard Walking Tour - Boathouse 4 - Harbour Tour - HMS Warrior - HMS Victory - some free, others chargeable.
Please find full details and booking form attached.