Caird Library Research Seminars
Monday, 7 October
The demography of the Victorian Navy – Dr David Sheppard
15.30-16.30 | The Caird Library, National Maritime Museum
The national censuses have been used to create databases of occupation, birthplace, age and marital status for all the men in almost all of the Royal Navy’s ships that were in commission in 1861, 1881 and 1901. Analyses of these databases show that the demography of the Royal Navy changed greatly, both geographically and over time, in response to Admiralty policy and variations in the social and economic conditions around the British Isles.
Maritime History and Culture Seminars at the IHR
Tuesdays 17.15-18.30 | Wolfson NB01 room at the Institute of Historical Research in Senate House
Seminars are free and there is no need to book
We are pleased to announce the Autumn programme of our 2019-20 Maritime History & Culture Seminars. Topics covered will include:
…Joshua Reynolds and naval portraiture (10 December)
The new academic year will begin with a boredom-filled but fascinating seminar given by Dr Jeffrey Auerbach on 15 October, followed by a wine reception.
Spring and Summer seminars, to be announced later this year, will cover British sailors in nineteenth-century India, the crew of the Mary Rose, the new Science City gallery at the Science Museum and how museums address the topic of migration.
Maritime Lecture Series: The Moon
Thursdays 3rd Oct, 24th Oct, 28th Nov and 12th Dec.
18.00-19.30 | Lecture Theatre, National Maritime Museum
£8 Adults|£6 Members, includes a drink
In this five-part lecture series, travel on a lunar journey around our Earth with writers, climate change negotiators, academics, curators and international community and faith leaders. Explore the Moon as timekeeper, deity, common ground, mirror, inspiration, stepping stone for human space travel, and the ultimate muse of beauty and awe. Guest curated by artist Laura Williams of Aluna – a monumental Moon and Tide Clock coming to the Greenwich waterfront.
Time and The Moon: Timekeeper to humans since the dawn of time, the Moon’s role in western colonisation and empires led to standardised global timekeeping, but the Moon is still a prominent feature in the continuity of life, agriculture, community and ritual for traditional societies. In this second talk of the series, David Rooney, writer, historian and former Curator of Timekeeping at Royal Observatory Greenwich and Lucy Isaiah, Chair of the Greenwich Nigerian Community think through different notions of timekeeping cross-culturally.
The Moon, Faith and Spirituality: Our Moon holds an important position for faiths and religions around the world. Through a panel discussion with religious leaders representing Islam, Judaism and Christianity, this talk will discuss how our connections to the Moon provide points of commonality and potential for positive change.
Space Ethics and Planetary Care: Apollo’s Earthrise image enabled us to see our fragile Earth floating in space. Over the next 50 years we are poised to explore, exploit and colonise our cosmos. This talk, the fourth in the series, seeks to address how we can learn to live as a global community within our – and other – planetary means. The evening comprises a discussion between Dr Jill Stuart, expect in the politics, ethics and law of outer space exploration, and Farhana Yamin, environmental lawyer and climate change policy expert.
CoMOONity: Concluding the series, this final talk explores how we can do, think and see things differently within our communities in regard our relationship with Earth, the Moon and the cosmos. Series curator, Laura Williams, will be in conversation with Lucy Neal, theatre maker, writer, community activist, and author of Playing for Time: Making Art as if the World Matters.
Queen’s House Lecture Series: The ‘Lost’ Tudors
Thursdays, 24 October to 21 November
10.30-12.30 | Orangery and South Parlours, Queen’s House
£8 Adults|£6 Members, includes coffee & tea
The Tudor age was born in the violence of the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485. The bloody death of Richard III secured victory for Henry Tudor, ending the Plantagenet era and the long Wars of the Roses. The triumphant Henry VII set out to secure the crown and establish a new, powerful dynasty. What followed would prove to be one of the most turbulent periods in English history as successive Tudor monarchs strove, through sometimes extraordinary means, to maintain their hold on the throne.
This series of lectures explores the ‘lost’ Tudors, key figures whose destinies might otherwise have turned history in a decidedly different direction.
Arthur, Prince of Wales
Lady Jane Grey
Speakers include: Dr Sean Cunningham, The National Archives, Maria Perry, Elizabeth Norton and Leanda de Lisle.
To register your interest in this lecture series please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and the bookings link will be forwarded to you shortly
Trinity Laban Lunchtime Concerts
Wednesdays, 30 October, 27 November, 11 and 18 December
13.00 | Great Hall, Queen’s House | FREE
Join students of Trinity Laban’s Conservatoire of Music for informal lunchtime concerts. Rehearsals from 11.00.
Conference: The Art and Science of the Moon
Thursday and Friday, 14-15 November
Lecture Theatre, National Maritime Museum
£100 adults | £80 members and concessions, includes refreshments and sandwich lunches
To mark the fiftieth anniversary of humanity’s first footsteps on another world, Royal Museums Greenwich (RMG) is hosting a major exhibition exploring our evolving relationship with the Moon across times and cultures. The Moon (19 July 2019 – 5 January 2020) presents a scientific and cultural history of our nearest celestial neighbour, exploring its role as a mirror for humanity’s dreams, obsessions and endeavours.
With contributions from academics, artists and curators exploring the interface between art, in its widest sense, and science, this conference will consider various creative responses to our cosmic companion. For the programme and to register visit our website: