Naval Academy 2002 - 2003
October 2002 - March 2003


26th October 2002

2.00 pm - 3.30 pm
The John Warsop Annual Memorial Lecture (Free Admission)
Rediscovering Nelson : new research, new insights, new narratives
- Colin White : Director of Trafalgar 200

As the bicentenary of Trafalgar approaches in 2005, Nelson seems constantly in the news. Discoveries of unpublished letters, and other fascinating material among his papers are challenging the traditional stories about his battles and relationships.

The John Warsop Annual Memorial 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.
2nd November 2002

2.00 pm - 4.15 pm
The Blockmills and Bentham
- Brian Patterson : The Royal Dockyard Historical Trust

In this lecture we shall explore the link between Brigadier General Sir Samuel Bentham and the so-called "Brunel Blockmills". We shall look at Bentham's great plan for the reconstruction of the dockyard,which was to place it years ahead of its nearest rivals. How it was mechanised and the stepping stones that eventually lead to the involvement of Brunel and in doing so, try to unravel the mystery of the key players and who actually invented the blockmaking machinery.

- Alec Barlow : Foreman in Charge of the Blockmills & HMS Victory Shipwright

Including a Tour of the Blockmills

18th January 2003

2.00 pm - 4.15 pm
The Navy and the Silver Screen

The Work of Alfred John West, photographer of Southsea; pioneer cinematographer for the Royal Navy
- David Lee (Senior Archivist, Wessex Film & Sound Archive)
and David Clover (Open University)

'A range of seas' : what types of sea and life on the sea have mainstream films portrayed over the years?
- Jo Stanley (Cultural Historian)

'Celluloid reality' : how does personal experience of the sea sit with celluloid versions?
- Jo Stanley (Cultural Historian)

The Cruel Sea : Fiction and Reality
- Brian Lavery (National Maritime Museum)

4:30 pm - Break for Tea/Coffee and Biscuits
5:00 pm - A Selection of Short Films on the Navy in Hampshire
5:45 pm - Finish

For further information, please contact:

Trevor Carpenter
Visitor Services Manager
Royal Naval Museum
HM Naval Base (PP66) Portsmouth

Telephone Number: (44) 023 9272 7583


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