Tales of the Sea

We’ve chosen a selection of 7 stories sent in by Friends and colleagues, a range of experiences that you’ll want to hear: Apprentices letters from foreign parts. A fire on board HMS WARSPITE – a submarine berthed in Liverpool, 1976. RRS BRANSFIELD and the outbreak of the Falklands war, 1982. An unlikely attack weapon! Mail […]

Missing Medals: Unearthing Invisible Seafaring Histories of Empire

Asif Shakoor interviewed by Dr Georgie Wemyss on the stories of his grandfather Mahomed Gama and BAME seafarers. Asif Shakoor is an independent scholar. He grew up in Manor Park and studied at the University of East London. His grandfather, Mahomed Gama, enlisted in the Mercantile Marine during the Great War. He has presented research […]

Voyaging across the Isthmus of Panama in Central America

A history of transiting from the Atlantic to the Pacific (and vice versa) from the very first crossing by a European, when the Spanish explorer, Balboa, gazed at the Pacific Ocean from the heights of Darien to today’s modern, large and shiny new Panama Canal. Presented by the latest ancient adventurers, HCMM’s Past Masters, Captain Malcolm […]

Maritime Heritage in the UK: Achievements & Challenges around our Coast

Join our first online lecture on Monday 12th October 2020 18.15 for an 18.30 start. The lecture will be hosted by the Wellington Trust Chairman, Alastair Chapman, and our guest speaker is Hannah Cunliffe, Director, National Historic Ships UK who will discuss Maritime Heritage in the UK Achievements & Challenges around our Coast REGISTER TO […]

Whatever happened to our Shipbuilding Industry?

Join Dr Paul Stott, Senior Lecturer in Marine Production who asks, Whatever happened to our Shipbuilding industry? We are pleased to announce the second free online lecture will take place on Monday, 9th November. 18.15 for an 18.30 start and lasts for about an hour. Our speaker is Dr Paul Stott, Senior Lecturer in Marine […]

The Cruise of the Ophir: the Royal Tour of 1901

We would be delighted if you can join us for our December Maritime Heritage Lecture on Monday December 14th 2020, starting at 18.30. The lecture will last about an hour with some time after that for questions and discussion. Our speaker is John Johnson-Allen who holds an MA in Maritime History. He is a Fellow […]

Pirates and Family Life, 1680-1730

We would be delighted if you can join us for our April Maritime Heritage Lecture on Monday April 19th, starting at 18.30. The lecture will last about an hour with some time after that for questions and discussion. This talk, about the Golden Age of Piracy, shows how pirates were portrayed in their own time, […]

In honour of heroes – the flights of the Vickers Vimy

We would be delighted if you can join us for our June Maritime Heritage Lecture on Monday June 14th, starting at 18.30. The lecture will last about an hour with some time after that for questions and discussion. Our guest speaker is Jenny Moseley, Deputy Chair of the Friends and Trustee of the Wellington Trust. […]

The Battle of Taranto – 11th November 1940 (Operation Judgement)

We would be delighted if you can join us for our December Maritime Heritage Lecture on Monday January 11th 2021, starting at 18.30. The lecture will last about an hour with some time after that for questions and discussion. Our guest speaker is Richard Shuttleworth. During the sixties Richard served on three ships operating from the […]

Salt fish and Shaitan: Lascars lives at sea, 1750-1850

We would be delighted if you can join us for our May Maritime Heritage Lecture on Monday May 17th, starting at 18.30. The lecture will last about an hour with some time after that for questions and discussion. This talk will explore the lives of Indian Ocean seafarers, or ‘lascars’, employed aboard British sailing ships […]