Dockyards as Nodes of Naval Architecture, Maritime Traditions and Cultural Heritage

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Date / time: 9 June - 11 June, 9:15 am - 2:30 pm

National Museum of the Royal Navy Portsmouth

Dockyards as Nodes of Naval Architecture, Maritime Traditions and Cultural Heritage


This 3-day hybrid international conference will present 6 speakers and a plenary session each day, probing the following topics and  themes. Keynote speakers will include Sir Neil Cossons OBE FSA, Professor Andrew Lambert FKC, and Dr Antony Firth MCIfA.

Thursday 9 June 2022 – Building a Warship:

  • Ship design: master shipwrights, naval architects
  • Recovering skills: repairing historic sailing ships and building replica ships/boats
  • Trades and crafts
  • Sourcing material
  • Construction methods
  • Time-work-discipline, work organisation
  • Private yard/royal dockyard comparison

Friday 10 June 2022 – Dockyards as Heritage:

  • Museum spaces or working dockyard spaces?
  • Fossilised or living archive of dockyard structures?
  • Conservation issues
  • Tourism: costs and benefits
  • Repurposed dockyards as exemplars of regeneration

Sat 11 June 2022 – Dockyards as Global Hubs and Regional Centres of Maritime Culture:

  • Transnational phenomena
  • Drivers of innovation and technology
  • Loci of national power projection
  • Unique urban landscapes
  • Distinct demographic communities

Alongside the conference, there will be ample opportunities to discover Portsmouth Harbour, the setting of Portsmouth naval base since the C3, and Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, functioning continuously since the C15, with unique buildings surviving from the early C18.

Look out for optional specialist behind-the-scenes archive, ship, dockyard and harbour tours in the afternoons of 9 & 10 June 202, such as the Admiralty Library Naval Historical Branch Reading Room – Georgian Dockyard Walking Tour – Boathouse 4 – Harbour Tour – HMS Warrior – HMS Victory – some free, others chargeable.

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The conference is organised by the Naval Dockyards Society
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Twitter: @DockyardSociety