Naval Dockyards Society

Exploring the civil branches of navies & their material culture

Twenty-first Annual Symposium

National Maritime Museum Greenwich 29 April 2017
Dockyard Workers’ Experiences

We shall learn about men’s and women’s experience, knowledge and recollections of how Royal Dockyards were managed and operated in the post-war period. We shall also find out about the social context: clubs, associations, meal break activities, travel to and from work, trades union activity, specialised trades’ language, local lore and expressions, attitudes to naval personnel, promotion, theft, apprentice teasing, launch ceremonies, accidents, etc.
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Papers to be presented are required. Click here  to download flyer: Dockyard Workers Call for Papers


20th Century Naval Dockyards: Devonport and Portsmouth Characterisation Report

Coats, A., Davies, J. D., Evans, D., and Riley, R. (2015)
Portsmouth: Naval Dockyards Society
ISBN 978-0-9929292-0-6
ebook ISBN 978-0-9929292-2-0

After three years’ work by the NDS research team this report was published in 2015, launched on 13 November at the National Museum of the Royal Navy Portsmouth.

This extensive report is the product of three years of sustained archival and field research into the C20 built environment of these dockyards by members of the Naval Dockyards Society, completed to Historic England standards. It contains 650 maps, plans, models and photographs, many in colour, and is enriched by discussions with many institutions, societies and individuals.

It places C20 dockyards within historical, military, industrial, material, personnel, engineering and architectural contexts. Developing the local, national and international profiles of Devonport and Portsmouth dockyards, it adds to our knowledge and understanding of why and how they changed during the C20 and initiates future research by asking questions.

An important baseline reference book for the future interpretation and management of the two remaining operational English dockyards, it distinguishes which buildings are typical of the C20 naval dockyards and of unique interest, combining data, narrative and analysis.

See C20 Naval Dockyards for downloadable copy of the Report.

The digital archive of 20th Century Naval Dockyards Devonport and Portsmouth has been made available by the Archaeology Data Service, University of York, funded by Historic England,