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Laughton Naval Unit

King's Maritime History Seminar Series

We list each seminar on the Department of War Studies Events page and our social media feeds. The department pages list the location, times and any alterations.

Our long running history seminar series presents new and ongoing research by Laughton researchers and visitors in the field of naval and maritime history. It is a joint initiative between the British Commission for Maritime History and Society for Nautical Research.  Thanks, are given for the generous assistance of the Maritime Information Association, Lloyd’s Register, and King’s College London.  For further information, contact Alan James, Department of War Studies, Kings College London, WC2R 2LS (  

Our past seminars are listed below:

  • 6 October 2016, Rescuing Gallipoli: Sir Julian Corbett’s Official History and the Future of Maritime Strategy. Andrew Lambert, King’s College London

  • 20 October 2016, Declining Effectiveness: the RNAS and the Defence of Halifax, Nova Scotia, from German Submarines in the First World War . Ian F. S. Stafford, Constitutional Lawyer, MA Imperial History
  • 3 November 2016, Gunfire from a Distant Shore: Franco’s Navy in Spain’s Civil War Extends Operations against Republican Shipping into the North Sea. Nick Coni, former Consultant Physician, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge
  • Proctor Memorial Lecture (*hosted by Lloyd’s Register, 71 Fenchurch St.) 17 November 2016, The Armada Portrait: Manifesto for a Maritime Empire? Christine Riding, National Maritime Museum
  • 1 December 2016, John Holland (1841-1914): Submarine Pioneer. John Swinfield, Television Producer and Author
  • 26 January 2017, Come into Port Gently: Comparative North Atlantic Paradigms in Port History. Lewis R. Fischer, Memorial University, Newfoundland
  • 9 February 2017, The Historiography of Force Z: Understanding the Royal Navy’s Greatest Defeat of the Second World War. Andy Boyd, University of Buckingham
  • 23 February 2017, The Manila Galleon, 1565-1815. Ian Wilkinson, Independent Researcher
  • 9 March 2017, The Manganese Trade from Cornwall and Industrial Activity in Liverpool in the Early Nineteenth Century. Peter Skidmore, Independent Researcher
  • 27 April 2017, Shipbuilding: Information and Process. Roy Metcalfe, World Ship Society Library and Archive, Chatham Dockyard
  • 11 May 2017, A Most Disagreeable Problem:The Royal Navy and Kriegsmarine Aircraft Carriers. Marcus Faulkner, King’s College London
  • 25 May 2017, The Cutting out of the French Corvette ‘La Chevrette’ during the Napoleonic Wars . Sim Comfort, independent researcher and publisher
  • 8 October 2015, Inadequate Convoy & ASW: own goals that would come back to haunt the IJN in the Pacific War. Malcolm Murfett, King’s College London

  • 22 October 2015, Ideology and Early Modern Naval Power. Gijs Rommelse, Haarlemmermeer Lyceum, Hoofddorp
  • 5 November 2015, Maritime Relief: Transnational Charities for British Prisoners of War in Napoleonic France. Elodie Duché, York St John University
  • Proctor Memorial Lecture (*hosted by Lloyd’s Register, 71 Fenchurch St.) 19 November 2015, Collaboration Between Two Maritime Nations? Britain and The Netherlands in the Nineteenth Century. Joost Schokkenbroek, National Maritime Museum and VU University Amsterdam
  • 3 December 2015, From Clyde to Korea: British Assistance in the Establishment of the World’s Largest Shipyard .Stig Tenold, The Norwegian School of Economics
  • 7 January 2016, Privateers, High Courts, and Ministers: Britain's Failure to Maintain Spanish Neutrality in the Seven Years War. Anna Brinkman, King’s College London
  • 21 January 2016, Steam Coaster Robin: Preservation Triumph or Tragedy? Roy Fenton, Independent Researcher and Partner in ‘Ships in Focus Publications’
  • 4 February 2016, Hilarious Seasickness: Comic Postcards' Take on Travel's Costs, 1900-1950 Jo Stanley, Author and Consultant
  • 18 February 2016, Naval Diplomacy: Classic and Modern Theory Revisited Jerker Widén, Swedish Defence University
  • 3 March 2016, The Salvaging of the ex-German High Seas Fleet at Scapa Flow (1924-1939) Ian Taylor, Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers,Fellow of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects
  • 28 April 2016, U.K. Shipping during the Industrial Revolution: Newly Accessible Data from Lloyd’s Registers. Peter Solar, Vesalius College, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • 12 May 2016, The Challenge of Empire: The Strategy and Tactics of the Spanish Navy, 1748–1783. Catherine Scheybeler, King’s College London
  • 26 May 2016, Maritime Employment During the First Globalization: the Mediterranean Perspective. Maria Fusaro, University of Exeter
  • 9 October 2014, Did Richard the Lionheart Found the Royal Navy?  The crown and sea defence in the late twelfth and early thirteenth centuries Susan P. Rose, Roehampton University
  • 23 October 2014, Maritime Piracy: A Twentieth-Century Re-Genesis? Robert McCabe, National University of Ireland, Maynooth
  • 6 November 2014, Antarctic Encounter: the Palmer-Bellingshausen Meeting, 1821.  Rip Bulkeley, Independent Researcher
  • Proctor Memorial Lecture (*hosted by Lloyd’s Register, 71 Fenchurch St.)20 November 2014, Taking the War to Napoleon: Strategy, Merchant Shipping, and Private-Sector Warship Building, 1803-1815. Roger Knight, University of Greenwich
  • 4 December 2014, English Heritage C20 Characterisation Study: Naval Dockyards Devonport and Portsmouth –Just in Time?  Ann Coats, University of Portsmouth
  • 8 January 2015, Tramps Ocean and Coastal: what we know and what we don’t know. Roy Fenton, Independent Researcher and Partner in ‘Ships in Focus Publications’
  • 22 January 2015, Organising Supply: The political economy of British naval armaments manufacture, 1925-41. Christopher Miller, University of Glasgow and Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen 
  • 5 February 2015, Devonport Dockyard and the First World War. Michael Duffy, University of Exeter
  • 19 February 2015, ATale of Two Ships: The Strange History of the Ninghai and Pinghai. Li Meiying and Arrigo Velicogna, King’s College London
  • 5 March 2015, The British Shipbuilding Industry, Warship Exports and the Ministry of Defence in the 1970s: a case study of the Type 24 frigate. Ed Hampshire, The Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst
  • 30 April 2015, How to stop guns exploding: a centenary assessment of the adoption of new materials in RN ordnance. Andrew Breer, King’s College London
  • 14 May 2015, 1863/1864: Some British and Allied Naval Operations in Japanese Waters. Jonathan Parkinson, Independent Researcher
  • 28 May 2015,   ‘Goods to Newcastle’: An Unexplored Coastal Shipping Network, 1800-1840. Adrian Osler, Independent Maritime Historian
  • 10 October 2013,   When is a navy not a navy?  Problems in Britain’s Colonial Naval Experience. Ian Stafford, Independent Dominion Historian and Constitutional Lawyer
  • 24 October 2013,   The Wardroom: A Social History of the Royal Navy, 1775-1815. Evan Wilson, University of Oxford
  • 7 November 2013,   Madness – Manacles or Moral Management?  Treating Insanity at Haslar Naval Lunatic Asylum . Jane Bowden-Dan, Independent Historian
  • Proctor Memorial Lecture (hosted by Lloyd’s Register) 21 November 2013,   Boom, collapse and life after near-death: Norwegian shipping after 1960. Stig Tenhold, The Norwegian School of Economics, Bergen
  • 5 December 2013,  British and German Battleships and Battlecruisers from 1906 to 1945: An Analysis of their Design and      Performance in Action in Both World Wars     --Ian Taylor, Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Fellow of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects
  • 9 January 2014,   Foreign Perceptions of British Naval Supremacy in the Nineteenth Century . Carlos Alfaro-Zaforteza, King’s College London
  • 23 January 2014,   Marine Insurance Fraud in the early 1920’s . John Cook, Retired Nautical Bookseller
  • 6 February 2014,   The Royal Navy and the Laws of War: the 1899 and 1907 Peace Conferences .Alan M. Anderson, King’s College London
  • 20 February 2014,   Reconstructing the British Mercantile Marine, 1838-1913. Richard Haines, University of Swansea
  • 6 March 2014,   "I hope to have a good passage" - the business letter book of Cardiff tramp master Daniel Jenkins, 1902-11. David Jenkins, National Waterfront Museum, Swansea
  • 1 May 2014,   Commerce, Communities and Networks: Britain and the Atlantic World, 1603-1763 . Siobhan Talbott, University of Manchester
  • 15 May 2014,  Jack Tar Ashore: Sailor and civilian relations in Naval Towns c.1820 to 1914. Brad Beaven, University of Portsmouth
  • 29 May 2014,   Health of British Sailors in the Caribbean during the French Revolutionary Wars 1793-1802 .Cori Convertito, Unversity of Exeter




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