Dockyards as nodes of naval architecture, maritime traditions and cultural heritage

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June 9, 2022 to June 11, 2022
Subject Fields: 
Historic Preservation, Architecture and Architectural History, Maritime History / Studies, Public History, Social History / Studies

This 3-day hybrid international conference will present 6 speakers and a plenary session each day, probing the following topics & themes.

Keynote speakers Sir Neil Cossons OBE FSA, Professor Andrew Lambert FKC & Dr Antony Firth MCIfA

  1. 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 matériel

Construction methods

Time-work-discipline, work organisation

Private yard/royal dockyard comparison

2. 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

3. 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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Contact Info: 

Dr Ann Coats