Date for your diary: National Maritime Museum, Caird Library Seminar, 5th March

5 March

Quintin Colville, Curator of Naval History

Collecting Maritime History? Callender, Caird and the National Maritime Museum, 1928–39

This paper explores the vision of British history and heritage that guided the work of both the National Maritime Museum’s first director and its most generous benefactor. Though from differing professional backgrounds, these men shared a particular vision of Britain’s past, present and future – one inseparable from notions of sea power and national destiny. The historic themes, objects, people and events around which they fashioned the Museum tell a complex and important story.

Date and time: 3.30pm – 4.30pm
Admission: Free
Location: National Maritime Museum, Caird Library & Archive

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‘The Big Skills Debate’

The National Maritime Big Skills Debate was held on the 8th November 2017 at the University of Greenwich’s Old Royal Naval College campus.

We are very grateful to National Maritime for making available a recording of the event and are proud to share it with you here. Please don’t forget to subscribe to National Maritime’s channel to make sure you see similar events in the future.

The debate explored how the maritime sector currently collaborates to deliver maritime training that best supports business succession planning and challenged existing UK maritime training provision and funding streams. It also considered how the national ‘skills gap’ discussion could be simplified to encourage wider participation and collaboration from across the UK maritime cluster.

Representations were made from an expert panel from across the UK maritime cluster.

  • Andrew Bull, Headmaster – The London Nautical School (Chair)
  • Andrew Bowen, Head of Technical – Engineering and IT Department, DP World London Gateway
  • Tony Graham, Chairman – The UK Naval Engineering Science and Technology Forum (UKNEST)
  • Peter Aylott, Chairman, Education and Training – The Honourable Company of Master Mariners (HCMM)
  • Sezen Zeki, Managing Director, Jobs in Maritime
  • James Burr, Head of Human Resources – MBNA Thames Clippers
  • Dr Christopher Ware, MA Programme lead International Maritime Policy, Greenwich Maritime Centre
  • Ewan Shinton, Operations Director – UKSA

This event was delivered in partnership with Jobs in Maritime, the Greenwich Maritime Centre (GMC), Lloyds Maritime Academy and the National Maritime Training Centre.

New seminar: “From Stem to Stern: Celebrating the ‘Wonder’ of Maritime History”

Greenwich Maritime Centre and Coastal and Marine Research Group Seminar Series 

Wednesday 21st February 2018

6pm – 8.30pm

“From Stem to Stern: Celebrating the ‘Wonder’ of Maritime History”

Dr Cathryn Pearce

Hartlepool Cultural Services

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In her online magazine Brain Pickings, Maria Popova observed that some people were so concerned with labelling themselves and each other, that they had lost a sense of their whole self, as well as of the many layers making up their identity. They had, she said, quoting Walt Whitman, lost the sense of ‘”wonder that comes from discovering each other’s multitudes afresh’.” This perception has some resonance. Maritime history, too, has seen such fractured identities, driven from both inside and outside of the discipline. In tonight’s session, Cathryn Pearce will consider the ways we can rediscover and celebrate ‘each other’s multitudes afresh’—academics, public historians, independent scholars and enthusiasts alike, and explore the means to join forces to face the economic and environmental rough seas ahead.

Venue: University of Greenwich, Old Royal Naval College, 30 Park Row, London SE10 9LS

Lecture Theatre QA180.

Tickets are free but spaces are limited so we do ask people to book their seat on our Eventbrite page. You can complete the form here:

If you have any questions about the event please email

The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Annual International Conference 2018

The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) is delighted to announce that the 2018 Annual International Conference will take place at Cardiff University.


Call-for-papers is open!

Find out more at: 

Society and the Sea 2018 – Call for Papers



University of Greenwich, London, UK.

The Greenwich Maritime Centre in partnership with National Maritime is pleased to announce its second Society and the Sea conference:




The call-for-papers is now live and we are welcoming submissions:

please visit:



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New Economics Foundation – Blue New Deal – Graham’s story

Over the last three years, the New Economics Foundation has been working alongside hundreds of people to develop the Blue New Deal – a plan to transform Britain’s coastal economies for the future, so they deliver good jobs, increased wellbeing and economic sustainability – all while supporting a healthier coastal and marine environment.

Today, NEF is launching a video that tells the story of Graham Doswell, a third generation small scale fisher from Eastbourne, who has led a community effort to secure a better future for the inshore fishing community, local residents and visitors. To make development work for people, we need to put them in control. Graham’s story shows what can be achieved when local people and businesses have the power to decide what success should look like in their town or city.

Watch: building better coastal economies

Please help us share the video to help Graham’s story reach more people and inspire others to join NEF in this work.

To get in touch with NEF and find out more about the Blue New Deal, you can contact Fernanda Balata on