If you are unable to visit the Museum, please see our list of independent researchers who can carry out the research for you.
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List of researchers
Timothy Akers, MA, BSc. Hons
Consultant Maritime Research Archaeologist
Address: 11 Gascoigne Crescent, High Harrogate, HG1 4AJ UK
Phone: +44 (0)1423 536854
Telephone: 01423 536854 is an answer machine 24-7, if I'm in I'll answer once you start to leave a message.
Subjects: Maritime vessels archaeological and historical 5000BC-1947AD. Plan, chart, print and photo searches maritime related. Wreck hunting. Early history of the diver. U-boat war, RN, other nation submarines, midgets.
Len Barnett, MA
Address: Flat B; 26 Holmewood Gardens, London, SW2 3RS
Subjects: Civilian mariners in British service (mercantile, whaling, fishing & pilotage): c.1835 to c.1972; Royal Navy and Royal Marines: c.1793 to c.1945; all the R.N.’s and RM’s Reserves from the R.N.R. and R.N.V.R. and Coastguard to the decidedly esoteric, as appropriate; British Mariners in India, both the United East India Company (Maritime Service and ‘Bombay Marine’); and subsequently the multifarious organisations in armed service during the Raj period from H.M. Indian Navy to the Royal Indian Navy and their Reserves: c.1760 to 1947 as appropriate.
As well as tracing mariners’ careers, I am well versed in deeper investigation. On the military side I routinely deal with operational aspects (especially of the twentieth century wars). On the civil side, I have not inconsiderable experience of business records. Seamanship and social matters are also important elements of my expertise.
Dr Stuart C. Blank
Member of Nautical Archaeology Society and Orders and Medals Research Society
Address: Military Archive Research, PO Box 356, Paignton, Devon, UK, TQ3 1WZ
Research interests and specialisations - The Royal Navy and its associated forces (RNR, RNVR etc) – genealogy and operations; The Royal Marines – genealogy and operations; The Merchant Navy – genealogy and operations; Indian Navy / (Honourable) East India Company – genealogy and operations; General naval research; Other military research (e.g. medals); Nautical Archaeology
Publications - Researching British Military History on the Internet; Currently writing a book on researching the Royal Navy
Address: 3 St. Ambrose Green, Oxenturn Road, Wye, Ashford, Kent TN25 5AG
Tel: 01233 812463
Mobile: 07969 466445
Subjects: Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force; Merchant Navy; Medal research; Genealogy.
Dr Kevin Jones, PhD History, MA War Studies, BA (Hons) History
Member of The Society for Army Historical Research
Address: KLJ Historical Research, 24 Edward Road, Harrow, HA2 6QB, UK
Subjects: All aspects of British naval and military operations and policy, during the First World War, the inter-war years, and the Second World War; Royal Navy operations, intelligence and personnel records (1914–1945); British Army operations, intelligence and personnel records (1914–1945); Royal Air Force operations, intelligence and personnel records (1914–1945); Admiralty, War Office, Air Ministry and Cabinet naval and military policy records (1914–1945)
Keith Langridge, BA (Hons), MRIN, AMIMarEST
Tel/Fax: 02085 993833
Mobile: 07950 599399
Subjects: marine engineering; naval architecture and shipbuilding from early steam and motorships to present; Naval and mercantile engineering applicable to ocean ships down to private motorboats and yachts; National and world lighthouses and authorities; pharology and Trinity House history; Naval and mercantile ship losses of WWI and WW2; Research into ship disasters and their causes.
Dr John Oliphant
Address: 9 Chamberlain Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN21 1RU
Tel: 01323 416115
Subjects: Imperial history, particularly eighteenth–mid-19th century; general naval subjects; transportation of convicts; family history; Anglo-Native American relations.
John Robinson, RD, BA (Econ), FMA
Address: 46 Tredegar Square, London E3 5AE
Tel/ Fax: 02089 815510 ; 01453 822908
Subjects: 19th and 20th century steam navigation