Conferences & study days

History of Navigation Conference 2018: Navigation, heroism, history

In the 250th anniversary year of James Cook’s departure in command of the Endeavour on the first of three famous voyages of exploration, this conference seeks to interrogate the way stories are told about heroism in the history of navigation, including land, sea, air and space.

The registration fee includes refreshments on both days, a wine reception on Thursday evening, a sandwich lunch on Friday as well as an optional ceiling tour of the Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College on Thursday morning prior to the start of the conference.

Museums & Schools Literacy Conference

Join us for a participatory conference at the National Maritime Museum to discover the benefits of museum/school partnerships for creative literacy learning. Take part in workshops with museum professionals, teachers, writers, poets and arts organisations to explore the Stories from the Sea project and other inspirational literacy projects.

Confirmed organisations include:

• Time and Tide Museum

• Pop Up Projects

• National Literacy Trust

• Royal Museums Greenwich

Art at Sea Symposium 2018

Please note:  Following the postponement of this symposium, due to weather and transport issues, we are pleased to announce the rescheduled date of Wednesday 2nd May.


This symposium brings together specialists from across all spheres of the art and superyacht industries, supported by our own team of conservation experts, in association with Pandora Art Services.

Art, Charity and the Navy: The Greenwich and Foundling Hospitals

This day symposium will explore similarities in the origins, artistic involvement and philanthropic purpose of two eighteenth-century charitable hospitals with strong ties to maritime Britain: the Foundling Hospital, the first children’s charity in Britain, founded in 1730s by Captain Thomas Coram, a shipwright in the American colonies, and the Greenwich Royal Hospital for Seamen, established by royal charter in 1694 and from 1712 incorporated a school for the orphans of sailors.

Conservation of Historic Interiors Symposium

The Queen’s House, part of Royal Museums Greenwich, has recently reopened to the public after a £3M restoration project. Designed by Inigo Jones for James I’s queen, Anne of Denmark, it is the first Palladian style building in the country. A significant part of the project was the conservation of the King’s Presence Chamber and the painted ceiling in the Queen’s Presence Chamber. 
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