Naval Dockyards Society

Exploring the civil branches of navies & their material culture


Dockyards is the Naval Dockyards Society newsletter, published twice a year for members. They were published in hardcopy only at first, with some back copies still available for purchase. They are now issued to members electronically, with some members paying extra to receive hard copies. They feature current items, updates of dockyard campaigns and short articles.

Transactions is the hardcopy annual publication for members which features NDS themed conference papers, book reviews and additional articles. See the Transactions list and Author Index for details. Epub versions of Transactions are now also published through Amazon.

20th Century Naval Dockyards

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

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.

See C20 Naval Dockyards for downloadable copy of the Report.

Three Research Papers have also been produced:
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Dockyards: A Bibliography
Alphabetical Index of Dockyard Workmen in 1748
History of the Rosia Water Tanks, Gibraltar

Members may purchase back issues at 25% discount.

Non-members may purchase issues of our publications. See the Publications Order Form for more details.