Where Empires Collide: Dockyards and Naval Bases in and around the Indian Ocean

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April 4, 2020
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Asian History / Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Early Modern History and Period Studies, European History / Studies, Maritime History / Studies

National Maritime Museum, Romney Road, Greenwich, SE10 9NF

11am to 4.30pm Advance booking is required.

This one-day conference will examine these themes. Were bases built to defend colonies, control colonies, or act as springboards to attack the enemy? Were they to suppress local forces, engage companies threatening the British East India Company or as adjuncts to European struggles? How useful were they in the 17th–20th centuries? What facilities existed and how were they resourced? What were the main influences on ship construction and the design of naval facilities? How did national bases differ? How developed and organised were they? What was the burden to the founding state? How dependent upon their hinterland were they? To what extent did they develop their own operating practices? How have their heritage opportunities been developed?


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Karim Malak The Anglo-Egyptian Naval Encounter: A new history of Egypt and Britain

Patricia O’Sullivan Out of the Shadows - the Police Force of Hong Kong’s Royal Naval Dockyard

Amit Gupta Indian Naval Shipbuilding and Bases: The impact of heritage and being a successor state

David Erickson The Contribution of Simon’s Town to Diplomatic & Naval Affairs, 1795–1957

Erik Odegard Dutch, French and British planners and Trincomalee naval dockyard

Richard Holme Trincomalee in the twentieth-century: The use of floating docks in the Indian Ocean

Robert Ivermee The Hooghly River and the limits of colonial power: European dockyards and naval bases in Bengal

Benjamin Jennings 'The richest and most fruitful island in the world': The allure of Madagascar and French ambition at Fort Dauphin 1643–1674


Cost:   £45.00 includes buffet lunch, teas and coffees

Concessions £40.00 retired, unwaged; £20.00 FT students

Please return booking form and cheque by 28 March 2020 to the Treasurer: 5 Beeby Way, MK43 7LW        Or:

Go to PayPal website and ask to send money. Enter email: ndstreasurer@hotmail.co.uk; enter amount, Payee Reference: INDIAN OCEAN CONFERENCE, click OK; confirm your details to this email address.

Contact Info: 

Dr Ann Coats