History of Navigation Conference 2018: Navigation, heroism, history

Baltic glass closure

The Baltic Exchange Memorial Glass display will be closed for refurbishment from Monday 29 April to Friday 3 May. The rest of the National Maritime Museum will be open as usual.

Essential information

Date and time: 
24–25 May | 11am - 4pm
Adults: £70 | Concessions/members: £50
National Maritime Museum, Lecture Theatre
Talks & courses

Continuing our well-respected series of conferences, Royal Museums Greenwich and the Royal Institute of Navigation are holding a conference to bring together current research into the history of navigation.

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.

See the full conference programme

Ceiling tours of the Painted Hall

On Thursday morning, prior to the start of the conference, delegates will have the opportunity to go on a ceiling tour of the Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College.

Ceiling tours will take place at 11.40, 12.00 and 12.20 and will last 50 minutes. Delegates who wish to attend should contact research@rmg.co.uk or call 020 8312 6716 to indicate their preferred time.

Painted between 1707–26, the Painted Hall hides many surprises. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to examine this vast masterpiece up close while it is undergoing conservation.


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