Naval Dockyards Society

Exploring the civil branches of navies & their material culture

Conferences

The Society holds a themed conference each year, open to non-members, which is usually held at the National Maritime Museum Greenwich.  You can find out more about the 2017 Conferences below and on the News page, click here.

The papers, plus additional items, are published in its annual Transactions.

Members receive a copy as part of their subscription. Non-members can purchase copies from the Publications page.

 

Making a 15’ length of twice-laid rope at the NDS AGM (2009). Image by A. Coats.

Making a 15’ length of twice-laid rope at the NDS AGM (2009). Image by A. Coats.

NDS Conference, Building Victory – Mid-18th Century Naval Warfare (2009). Image by A. Coats.

NDS Conference, Building Victory – Mid-18th Century Naval Warfare (2009). Image by A. Coats.

The Dutch Raid on Chatham Dockyard in 1667: its Anglo-Dutch Context and Legacy

Venue: Marine Etablissement (Naval Barracks) Amsterdam
Dates: Friday 23rd–Saturday 24th June 2017

To mark the 20th anniversary of the NDS constitutional meeting, the NDS committee has planned a more ambitious event than usual. This prestigious conference aims to raise the profile of recent Anglo-Dutch scholarship and publish new conclusions. Organised by Vrienden van De Witt – Friends of De Witt – and the Naval Dockyards Society, this bilateral conference (in English) will focus on the 350th anniversary of the Dutch raid on the River Medway and commemorate Anglo-Dutch relations, seapower and naval facilities.

Day 1 Anglo-Dutch relations in the seventeenth century: causes of the 2nd Anglo-Dutch War
Day 2 Dutch raid on the River Medway and its aftermath

Conference fee: 1 day £27.00/2 days £45.00; FT student 1 day: £9.00/2 days: £18
Conference Dinner £34.00 optional extra

Sunday 25 June-to Tuesday 27 June 2017: 3-day optional Tour Den Helder, Fort Kijkduin, the Texel. Cost & further details to be announced. N.B. You would then return to UK Wednesday 28 June 2017.

3-day optional Tour Den Helder, Fort Kijkduin, Kaap Skil Maritime Museum, the Texel, Sun 25/Tues 27 June 2017.

The party will travel to Den Helder on Sunday 25 June by train (1¼ hours) and stay in a hotel in Den Helder for nights Sunday 25, Mon 26  and Tues 27 June.

Sunday 25 June Sail Den Helder 2017 Tall ships

Mon 26 June (am) visit Fort Kijkduin at Huisduinen to put the coast, harbour, port, Texel Roads and the C17–19 fortifications into perspective

Mon 26 June (pm) visit Den Helder Marinemuseum / Willemsoord / Nationaal Reddingmuseum

Tues 27 June (am) take the ferry to the Texel and bus to the award-winning Kaap Skil Maritime-and-Beachcombers-Museum at Oudeschild

Tues 27 June (pm) take the ferry from the Texel to Den Helder

Wed 28 June (am) Return to Amsterdam by train (1¼ hours), then train to Schipol for flight home

http://www.saildenhelder.nl/ ; http://www.fortkijkduin.nl/ ;
http://www.marinemuseum.nl/ ; http://www.willemsoordbv.nl/ ;
http://www.reddingmuseum.nl/ ; http://www.kaapskil.nl/museumvisit

To link the tour to the Conference read

The British Fleet at the Battle of the Texel / Kijkduin, 11/21 August 1673 – Part 1
Posted by J D Davies on 09/05/2016
The British Fleet at the Battle of the Texel / Kijkduin, 11/21 August 1673 – Part 1

The British Fleet at the Battle of the Texel / Kijkduin, 11/21 August 1673 – Part 2
Posted by J D Davies on 16/05/2016
The British Fleet at the Battle of the Texel / Kijkduin, 11/21 August 1673 – Part 2

Texel 341, Part 3
Posted by J D Davies on 01/09/2014
Texel 341, Part 3

 

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.
Click here for Symposium Booking Form

TWENTIETH ANNUAL CONFERENCE National Maritime Museum Greenwich 16 April 2016

Naval Air Stations and the Defence of Dockyards

Jim Humberstone: Calshot, the Solent and the establishment of Royal Naval Air Stations around British Coasts: 1911–1918
Bob Wealthy and Colin van Geffen: Calshot and Lee-on-the-Solent Royal Naval Air Stations in the First World War
Tina Bilbé: Anti-Zeppelin Experiments Combining Airship and Aeroplane Technology
Celia Clark: In search of Leslie Bates RNAS
Philip MacDougall: A Deliberately Suppressed History – the Royal Navy’s Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishments
David Evans: Creation and renewal of RNAS Portland/HMS Osprey near Portland Naval Base
Ian Stafford: The Royal Naval Air Service and Air Defence of the Halifax Naval Yard and Base: a study in waning enthusiasm

NINETEENTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE National Maritime Museum Greenwich 25 April 2015

The Royal Dockyards and the Pressures of Global War, 1793–1815

Dr Roger Morriss Innovation and adaptation to global war. Royal Dockyard management and the Industrial Revolution 1793–1815
Catherine Beck The patronage of dockyard artificers, 1793–1815
Dr J. D. Davies The strange life and stranger death of Milford Dockyard
Dr John F. Day Securing an ocean for an empire: British naval bases and the eastern seas (1784–1815)
John Harris MA (Oxf) MA (GMI) The Naval Dockyard at English Harbour: Heroism or logistics?
Nives Lokošek Did the Arsenal in Hvar (Croatia) experience its own Waterloo?

EIGHTEENTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE National Maritime Museum, 29 March 2014

British Dockyards in the First World War

Professor Eric Grove British warship building during the First World War: An analytical and comparative survey
Professor Ian Buxton Rosyth Dockyard, battleships and drydocking
Martin Rogers Rosyth Dockyard 1903–1925: Its conception, birth, growth and demise
Dr Vaughan Michell Evolution of the dreadnought battleship based on naval construction during the First World War
Dr Paul Brown Docking the dreadnoughts: dockyard activity in the dreadnought era
Dr Celia Clark ‘Drilling hammock hooks for sailors’: Women working in Portsmouth Dockyard in the First World War
Peter Goodwin: British submarine construction & development during the Great War

SEVENTEENTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE National Maritime Museum Greenwich 20 April 2013

Five Hundred Years of Deptford and Woolwich Royal Dockyards

Opened by Dame Joan Ruddock, MP for Lewisham Deptford
Peter Cross-Rudkin John Rennie and the Naval Dockyards, 1806–1821
Chris Ellmers Deptford private shipyards and their relationship to Deptford Dockyard, 1790–1869
Duncan Hawkins The archaeology of a Dockyard: Investigations at Deptford Dockyard 2000 to 2012
Philip MacDougall Launch of the 120-gun Nelson – an exploration of Woolwich Dockyard based on a carefully executed print of 1814
Chris Mazeika and William Richards The role of post-closure documentation in understanding the history of the dockyard officers’ terrace at Deptford
Mark Stevenson Block and Tackle: Raising significance. English Heritage, archaeology and development management

SIXTEENTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE National Museum of Bermuda 9 June 2012

Bermuda Dockyard and the War of 1812

Dr Adrian Webb The defence of Bermuda: a maritime and cartographic perspective, 1770–1900
Dr Clarence Maxwell The West End and maritime revolutions: George’s Bay before the establishment of the Royal Naval Dockyard
Andrew Bermingham American POWs in the War of 1812: from Bermuda to Dartmoor
John McNish Weiss ‘Averse to any kind of controull’: American refugees from slavery building the new Royal Naval Dockyard at Bermuda
Professor John Tunbridge The US and Bermuda: From foe to friend?

FIFTEENTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE National Maritime Museum Greenwich 12 March 2011

Treason’s Harbours – Dockyards in Art, Literature and Film

Celia Clark Dockyards in visual art, art in dockyards: Celebrated as sites of national pride expressing the ‘beauty of utility’, pride in craft skills and foci of new artistic activity
J David Davies The dog in the night-time: Dockyards and the civil branch in naval historical fiction
Richard Endsor The art of the Van de Veldes: technical aids used to produce the paintings, analysis of sample drawings and the case of Charles II and the paintings for the Charlotte yacht
Hugh Cannell Lightning strikes: How Nicholas Matthew Condy’s water colours graphically convinced Parliament of this hazard to C19 warships
Defence of the Realm (1985) BBC documentary film about Portsmouth Dockyard after the Falklands War and its change to Naval Base status
Justin Reay ‘A place of considerable importance’: Rosas in naval fiction. Strategic naval port since Greek and Roman times, featured in Marryat, Forrester and O’Brian

FOURTEENTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE National Maritime Museum Greenwich 17 April 2010

Pepys and Chips: Dockyards, Naval Administration & Warfare in the 17th Century

Ann Coats English naval administration in the 1630s: top – down & bottom – up
Richard Blakemore Parliament, Royal Dockyards and the London maritime community: The aftermath of the 1648 Naval Revolt
Hilary Todd Charles, James and the re-creation of the Royal Navy
Peter Le Fevre ‘Stocks, Docks and C…s’: The Building of the Thirty New Ships
Richard Endsor Women of Restoration Deptford
Richard Brabander Intersections of interest: a prosopographical analysis of Restoration privateering enterprise
J. David Davies The secret Treaty of Dover 1670 & the new dockyards project

THIRTEENTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE Royal Naval Museum Portsmouth, 7 November 2009

Building Victory – Mid-18th Century Naval Warfare – Rôles of Dockyards and Shipbuilding

Ann Coats Building Victory: historical & cultural contexts
Richard Harding Large scale ship movement and its operational impact 1739–1748 in relation to ship building & maintenance
Peter Goodwin The building of HMS Victory and her 1765 features: Slade’s design concepts
Roger Morriss Promise of power: the English maritime economy at the time of the Seven Years’ War
Katariina Mauranen Portsmouth Block Mills and public history: reinterpreting the navy’s industrial revolution

TWELFTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE Royal College of Surgeons of England, 18 October 2008

Surgeons and the Royal Navy

John Kirkup Maritime surgical practice in the 17th century
Kathleen Harland Naval surgeons ashore and afloat, 1700–1750
Brian Vale The conquest of scurvy in the Royal Navy 1793–1800: Heroes and villains
Pat Crimmin The shortage of surgeons and surgeons’ mates c.1740–1806: ‘an evil of a serious nature to the service’
Surgeon Commander Rick Jolly John Hunter at Belle Île (1761): a Falklands rehearsal

ELEVENTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE with the International Congress of Maritime Museums Congress, Malta, 8–12 October 2007

Maritime Museums – Reaching New Audiences

Malta – Dockyard, Strategic Pivot and Maritime Heritage Outlook
Jonathan Coad To serve the fleet in distant waters: the Georgian Royal Navy’s overseas bases
Professor Henry Frendo Strategy, economics and politics: the Naval Dockyard in Malta and the Mediterranean
Dr David Davies The Royal Navy and Malta before 1798
Dr Simon Mercieca ‘Beyond the capacity of a small island’: A review of the brief outline compiled by W. A. Griffith on H.M. Naval Establishments in Malta

TENTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE National Maritime Museum Greenwich 22 April 2006

Venice and British Dockyards – 1800

Dr Susan Rose Galleys & round ships: Venetian & English attitudes to ship design and building in the C16th
Dr Ann Coats The influence of Venetian principles in Edmund Dummer’s dockyard designs
Dr Philip MacDougall Venetian Naval Arsenals and their influence on Mediterranean sea power
Dr Martino Ferraro Bravo Venice’s eighteenth century nautical school & Arthur Edgecombe
Dr Giovanni Caniato The Arsenale of Venice: a unique maritime history monument

NINTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE Royal Naval Museum Portsmouth & Institute of Maritime Heritage University of Portsmouth 30 April–1 May 2005

Portsmouth Dockyard in the Age of Nelson

Jonathan Coad Introduction of steam power into the Royal Dockyards: The genesis of the Block Mills
Dr Susan Wilkin Portsmouth Royal Dockyard: Its contribution to Royal Navy success in the French & Napoleonic Wars 1793–1815
Dr Ray Riley Marc Isambard Brunel: His history & machinery
Dr James Thomas Portsmouth yard & town in the age of Nelson: a relationship examined
Dr Ann Coats The Wood Mills: new labour practices for new machines?
Matthew Sheldon Victualling in Portsmouth in the age of Nelson
Dr Roger Morriss The Office of the Inspector General of Naval Works and technological innovation in the Royal Dockyards, 1796–1807
Peter Goodwin HMS Victory – Preparation for 1805
Professor Andrew Lambert Legacy of Trafalgar: Sir Robert Seppings, the Royal Society and re-engineering the wooden warship

EIGHTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE National Maritime Museum, Greenwich 3 April 2004

Gibraltar as a naval base & dockyard

John Black The Naval Defence Act 1889 & its effect on the expansion of Gibraltar dockyard
Ken Breen Second relief of Gibraltar 1781, Gibraltar as a strategic pivot
David Davies Gibraltar in British naval strategy, c.1600–1783
Peter Le Fevre Balthazar St Michel, Gibraltar and the English Mediterranean fleet
Richard Harding A tale of two sieges: Gibraltar 1726–1727 and 1779–1782
Janet MacDonald The victualling yard at Gibraltar during the revolutionary and Napoleonic wars
Philip MacDougall Disuniting the work force – intensifying the dockyard labour crisis of 1941

SEVENTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE National Maritime Museum Greenwich, 5 April 2003

Preservation, Conservation & Re-use of Dockyard Sites and Buildings

Dr Celia Clark Vintage Ports: lessons in renewal of historic dockyards across the world
Ian Doull Problems in the Preservation of Historic Resources, HMC Dockyard, Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt, British Columbia
Peter Goodship Re-use of Portsmouth Dockyard – historical authenticity v long term sustainability of estate
Andrea Parsons Royal Clarence Yard, Gosport, Hampshire. Victualling the Navy – the life and death of a naval yard and its route to resurrection
Chris Mazeika Deptford – the forgotten dockyard

SIXTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE National Maritime Museum 6 April 2002

Naval dockyards as employer-employee communities

Ann Coats The moral economy in action: the Navy Board as a caring seventeenth century employer
Peter Dawson Admiralty letters to Chatham officers 1711–1712
Philip MacDougall The naval arsenals of the Knights of St John
Roger Morriss Victims, pariahs & survivors: the shaping of the government workforce 1815–1830
Emma Taaffe Britain’s decision to procure the Polaris submarine launched ballistic missile system & its impact on Chatham Dockyard

FIFTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, 31 March 2001

Naval Dockyards: changes in materials & technology

Jonathan Coad New ideas, new materials: their impact on the royal dockyards c.1790-1840
Edward Sargent Development of civil engineering in the royal dockyards in the nineteenth century
Randolph Cock At war with the worm: the decision to copper the fleet in 1779
Ray Riley Henry Cort – the development of wrought iron in the 1780s – the naval connection
Roger Thomas Innovation or evolution in the making of HMS Dreadnought?

FOURTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE National Maritime Museum, 4 March 2000

British & French Dockyards, 1650–1800

Christian Buchet Development of Victualling Board bases at London, Portsmouth, Plymouth Chatham & Dover, 1701–1763
Celia Clark Preliminary lessons for the future of French and British historic dockyards
Ann Coats Edmund Dummer, surveyor of the navy, 1692–1699. Creative genius, failed projector or corrupt administrator?
Philip MacDougall Harbour navigation and moorings of naval dockyards in the Atlantic region
Christian Pfister-Langanay Warehouses in Dunkerque: an evolving history

THIRD ANNUAL CONFERENCE, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, 20 March 1999

Georgian Dockyards 1714–1837

Celia Clark Re-use of the Georgian storehouses at Portsmouth
Peter Dawson 1811 Letter Book, Chatham
Harry Dickinson Portsmouth Naval Academy, reconsidered
John Graves The dockyard models of George III
Ray Riley Whose heritage? The case of Portsmouth Dockyard
Clive Wilkinson Naval dockyard expansion after the Seven Years’ War, 1765–1780

SECOND ANNUAL CONFERENCE, King’s College London, 18 April 1998

At the Ringing of the Bell’: dockyards, management and workforces

Julian Gwyn Halifax Dockyard, 1759-1819
Ken Lunn ‘The Way Forward?’: British dockyard labour relations since 1945
Philip MacDougall Reforming the dockyards – the Whig experience of 1832
Roger Morriss Benthamism in dockyard management, 1796–1836

CONSTITUTIONAL MEETING, National Maritime Museum, 1 March 1997
Illustrated talks on Deptford and Woolwich Dockyards
Roger Knight, Alan Pearsall and Philip MacDougall

INAUGURAL MEETING Sabotage is suspected National Maritime Museum, 14 September 1996
Ann Coats Sabotage: an issue of control in Restoration dockyards
Philip MacDougall Blame it on the Chartists? Three dockyard fires of 1840
Dave Turner Dockyard sabotage scare, 1933–1937