The Greenwich Maritime Centre (GMC) had it’s official launch on the 8th March. Over 100 people attended the event which started with welcomes from Dr June Balshaw (Head of Department for History, Politics and Social Science) and Michael Everard (Former chairmen of F.T Everard and president of BIMCO among many other achievements). The new Director of the GMC, Dr Tim Acott introduced the centre and described its goals and future plans. Dr Adriana Ford and Dr Chris Ware talked about the breadth of research and teaching activities encompassed by the centre. After the formal talk there was a lively drinks reception accompanied by the Camilli String Quartet. Conversations and discussion continued deep into the evening reflecting the enthusiasm of a broad range of individuals and organisations who wanted to learn about the GMC. GMC will host its first conference in September 2016. The launch event coincided with the first GMC art exhibition showing a collection of work by photo-journalist Vince Bevan titled Landscapes of Fishing. The exhibition is open to the public and will run in the Heritage Gallery until the 24th March.