Politics Surrounding Prisoners of War, 1793 to 1815 – Institute of Historical Research Seminar Tomorrow

During the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, prisoners of war became pawns in the political power struggle between the French and British governments. During this period the traditional custom of regular prisoner exchanges changed into that of retention of prisoners for the duration of the war.  Dr Bob Sutcliffe, graduate of the Greenwich Maritime Institute, will relate the story of the political intrigues behind this development and will consider how the resultant increase in the number of prisoners was managed.

This seminar will take place at the Institute of Historical Research on Tuesday 28 January 2018 at 17:15 in Athlone Room.

International Conference Announcement – Maritime and Naval Power in Two World Wars – 11/12th April 2014

On the centenary of the First World War this conference seeks to promote an international and interdisciplinary dialogue among naval and maritime historians. Drawing upon the latest scholarship the conference aims to highlight a wide array of topics such as naval and maritime communications, logistics, international relations, regional studies, economic issues, the role of ports
and internal transport, morale and grand strategy.

To visit the conference web page please click here: http://tinyurl.com/ovp3luu

Scholars from all over the world will be presenting at the conference on a range of themes and issues. Anyone interested is welcome to attend as a delegate, visit the conference website for details fo how to book your place. The registration fee is just £120 per person for two days and includes a conference pack, refreshments and lunches.

Please click here to view the Draft Programme

Date: 11 – 12 April 2014

Location: University of Greenwich, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London, UK

Organisers: Greenwich Maritime Institute AND Global War Studies

Courtesy of the US Navy
Courtesy of the US Navy

Programme of Free Evening Seminars in Maritime Policy, Security and History

Greenwich Maritime Institute holds a range of events, seminars and conferences including the popular Public Research Seminar Series which are held in Greenwich at monthly intervals.

Experts are invited to give a presentation on areas that relate to the three broad themes that the GMI specialises in: Maritime History, Maritime Policy and Maritime Security. Presentations are then followed by questions from the audience. Anyone is welcome to attend these free seminars although advance booking is required via Eventbrite.co.uk.

This year we are pleased to announce a variety of topics such as:

  • Licensing Private Maritime Security Companies
  • Navy, Identity & Leisure in 20th Century Britain
  • Loss of the RB Angus
  • 1412 – The Year China Discovered the World
  • Designing New Vessels for 21st Century Tidal Thames
  • Human Rights Considerations in the Maritime Industry
  • China’s Ship Recycling


GMI Research Seminar Series 2013-14 – Download the brochure in PDF format

New Naval History PhD Opportunity – Patronage and the Royal Navy 1771 – 1815

If you have a good academic background in any relevant aspect of British eighteenth or nineteenth century history and have an interest in social advancement, professionalism and expertise, have a look a this advertisement for a doctoral studentship.

UCL and the National Maritime Museum are working collaboratively to offer this studentship which is supported by the AHRC and is great opportunity!

Using the Royal Navy as a case study, the successful candidate will utilise a wide variety of sources to examine the nature and broader meaning of patronage in late-eighteenth and early nineteenth century Britain. Using the collections in the NMM the candidate will make a detailed examination of the workings of patronage within the naval establishment. He or she will consult the papers of politicians, administrators and serving officers, and delve into the various applications, references and testimonials submitted. They will also asses how naval patronage conformed to wider social norms, perhaps comparing it to other professions such as the army, the church and the law.

For information and details of how to apply have a look at the following website: jobs.ac.uk