Naval Dockyards Society

Exploring the civil branches of navies & their material culture

Aim & Objectives

To stimulate the production and exchange of information and research into naval dockyards and associated organisations. The Naval Dockyards Society is an international organisation which is concerned with and publishes material on naval dockyards and associated activities, including victualling, medicine, ordnance, shipbuilding, shipbreaking, coastguard stations, provisions and supplies; all aspects of their construction, history, archaeology, conservation, workforce, surrounding communities and family history; and all aspects of their buildings, structures and monuments relating to naval history. The Society is therefore involved closely in the terrestrial and underwater heritage of all these sites.

1. Compile and distribute a list of members and their interests.
2. Produce two newsletters a year which will publish information, members’ reports of activities and issues and book reviews.
3. Organise meetings and tours of UK and overseas dockyards and connected sites.
4. Increase public awareness of historic dockyards and related sites.
5. Increase access to historic dockyards and related sites.
6. Create links with related organisations in Britain and abroad.
7. Coordinate and promote new research.
8. Create a database of the present status of historic dockyards and related sites worldwide.
9. Offer assistance to those establishing dockyard heritage sites.
10. Encourage the storage and collection of oral history interviews related to dockyard history.
11. Coordinate the historical, architectural and technical expertise available within the society as appropriate.
12. Compile a dockyards bibliography.