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RMG Maritime History & Culture Seminar programme

Posted: Tuesday 31st October 2023

RMG Maritime History & Culture Seminar programme

Royal Musuems Greenwich Maritime History & Culture Seminar programme 2023-24


Monday 27 November 2023 | 12.30pm - 1.45pm  …the Van de Velde studio at the Queen’s House (the subject of a free exhibition, on until January), with Allison Goudie & Imogen Tedbury.

For almost 20 years in the late 1600s, the Queen’s House at Greenwich was the studio address of the leading marine painters, Willem van de Velde the Elder and his son, Willem the Younger. Today, Royal Museums Greenwich is also home to the world's largest collection of their works.

A superb visual resource for early-modern maritime subjects, these pieces also offer a unique insight into the inner workings of a busy artist's studio.

Tuesday 5 December 2023 | 5.15pm - 6.30pm  …the Fish Revolution in the Atlantic, with Poul Holm.

In 1497, explorer John Cabot returned to Bristol from a voyage across the North Atlantic. He told of waters so thick with cod that the fish could be lifted straight on board in baskets. At this time, fish was a high-priced, limited resource in Europe. The Grand Banks fishery in Newfoundland soon offered abundant high-quality, low-priced catches to the European market. Tens of thousands of Spanish, Portuguese, French and English fishers flocked to this fishery and, by 1600, Europe was experiencing a ‘Fish Revolution’.

Tuesday 30 January 2024 | 5.15pm - 6.30pm  …a Queer History of the Royal Navy, with Seth Stein LeJacq.

What is the queer history of the Royal Navy in the age of sail? How did sailors break their society’s rules about sex and gender? Did they enter into same-sex relationships? Did they act in other ways that men ‘weren’t supposed to’ and what were the consequences? Is it possible to learn more about these sailors’ lives and why is it so important to do so?

How to join online

All seminars are free, take place via Zoom and there’s no need to book. Attendees don’t appear on screen so feel free to tune-in wherever you are and whatever you are doing.

Also coming soon

There will be another three seminars during the spring and summer terms; full details to follow from RMG in the new year.

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IMAGE CREDIT A Visit to the Van de Velde Studio at the Queen's House: New Insights | Royal Museums Greenwich (