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Proctor Lecture 2023

Posted: Wednesday 15th November 2023

Proctor Lecture 2023

"Changing Perspectives: Positioning the Sea in Recent German Historiography"  

Date: 14 December

Venue: Kings College London & Online


The annual Proctor Memorial Lecture celebrates the great contribution of David Proctor to maritime history both in Britain and internationally. Fittingly, the distinguished scholars invited to present the lecture alternate between UK and international lecturers.

All in-person are invited to join us after the event for conversation, wine and nibbles. 

This year's lecture will be given by Ruth Schilling, DSM German Maritime Museum, Leibniz Institute for Maritime History on "Changing Perspectives: Positioning the Sea in Recent German Historiography".  

This paper addresses the German Maritime Museum/ Leibniz-Institute for Maritime History which represents all the major research hubs for Maritime History in Germany. It is responsible for formulating a research program connecting the sea with recent major trends in historical research. For some years now it has undertaken a major shift from purely technologically orientated ships' histories to a more general perspective on humankind and its relation to the sea. "In my lecture I would like to bring into discussion how this shift can contribute to a more general and fundamental re-positioning of the sea in historical analysis". - Ruth Schilling. 

Hosted by King's College London 17:15 - 20:00 in the Dockrill Room, K6.07. Booking is essential as places are limited. This is a Hybrid event.

Booking details

Please book your place by 13 December 2023 using this Eventbrite link Annual BCMH Proctor Memorial Lecture Tickets, Thu 14 Dec 2023 at 17:15 | Eventbrite

Ticket cost

This year there will be a small charge for the in-person event, to help toward supporting speaker’s travel to the lecture and to also ensure that people who have registered want to come on the night (we usually have a large waiting list for this popular event so want to avoid ‘no shows’ where possible).

Tickets are: 

£10 (no reduction for pensioners)

£5 for students

£0 online attendees

Online attendees need to Register using the same Eventbrite link please and we shall then send you a Zoom link ready for the night! 


BCMH would like to thank the Society for Nautical Research and the Lloyd's Register Foundation for their support of the series.