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The Naval Academy Lectures

Programme of Lectures during
October 2001 - March 2002

The John Warsop Lecture
Saturday 13 October 2001 - 2.30 pm - 4.00 pm
(Free Admission)

Sir Julian Oswald: "Sea Blindness or Sea Sense?"

Former First Sea Lord, Admiral of the Fleet Sir Julian Oswwald will start by discussing how well or badly we look after a key element of our Maritime Heritage - our Historic Ships. (He is Chairman of the National Historic Ships Committee and of the Maritime Trust). He will then go on to look at the state of the UK Merchant Fleet today, the new Tonnage Tax regime and associated training requirements and will review the future prospects for the Red Ensign Fleet, (he is a Director of James Fisher and Sons - a Barrow-in-Furness based shipping company).

The John Warsop Lecture is sponsored by the Friends of the Royal Naval Museum and HMS Victory, in memory of Rear Admiral John Warsop CB, a former Chairman of the Friends.

The lecture will be in the Princess Royal Gallery at the Royal Naval Museum. If you wish to attend please E-mail : trevor.carpenter@royalnavalmuseum.org

W L Wyllie
Saturday 10 November 2001 - 10.30 am - 4.00 pm

2001 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of one of Britain's leading marine artists: W L Wyllie. This seminar will look at Wyllie's reputation as an artist and at his close links with Portsmouth - including a guided visit to his masterpiece,
The Panorama of the Battle of Trafalgar.

Roger Quarm : National Maritime Museum
Valentine Walsh : Restorer of The Panorama of the Battle of Trafalgar
Colin White : National Maritime Museum\Royal Naval Museum

WWII Convoys
Saturday 8 December 2001 - 10.30 am - 4.00 pm

Convoys have come to be seen as one of the most important aspects of the naval war of 1939-1945. This seminar will look at some key factors - the key role of intelligence, the effect of weather on operations and the ways in which the convoys were used by the British as propaganda.

Eric Grove : University of Hull
Matthew Sheldon : Royal Naval Museum
Jock Gardner : Naval Historical Branch
Chris Howard Bailey : Royal Naval Museum

Charting The Seas
Saturday 19 January 2002 - 10.30 am - 4.00 pm

The contribution made by the Royal Navy to the charting of the world's oceans is one of the brightest pages in the long history of the Senior Service. This seminar will trace the development of the science from the days of Cook to the present.

Josephine Birtwhistle : Royal Naval Museum
Andrew Cook : British Library
Andrew Lambert ; King's College, University of London
Roger Morris : former Hydrographer of the Royal Navy

Classic C20th Naval Battles Revisited
Saturday 16 February 2002 - 10.30 am - 4.00 pm

As new material becomes available, modern research is challenging the 'received' views of many of the classic naval battles of the last century. This seminar brings together some of the key scholars working in this field and offers new insights about some famous operations: Jutland, The River Plate, Taranto and D-Day.

Andrew Gordon : Joint Services Command College
Eric Grove : University of Hull
David Hobbs : Fleet Air Arm Museum
Stephen Prince : Naval Historical Branch

Amphibiosity Lecture
Saturday 16 March 2002 - 10.30 am - 4.00 pm

Throughout the 20th century the Royal Navy continued its long tradition of amphibious warfare. This seminar will look at some key examples of this aspect of the Navy's role - from the Royal Naval Division in World War I to the vital role played by the WRNS in the planning of D-Day.

Peter Hore : Naval Historian
Lesley Thomas : Royal Naval Museum
Chris Page : Naval Historical Branch

25; 15 for seniors; full-time students and unwaged.

For a brochure giving full details, and for bookings, please contact

Trevor Carpenter
Royal Naval Museum
HM Naval Base (PP66)

Telephone : 023 9272 7583
Fax : 023 9272 7575

Outside UK
Telephone : 44 23 9272 7583
Fax : 44 23 9272 7575

E-mail : trevor.carpenter@royalnavalmuseum.org

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