The Sixth Symposium on Shipbuilding on the Thames
The nine papers included the following topics: John Dudman and the Grove Street Dockyard, Deptford; Royal shipbuilding on the Thames 1509-
London’s Port and Docklands in the First World War
The eight papers included the following topics: the port and Docklands in the London context; work and war, men and women on the Isle of Dogs; the plight of Germans in the East End; the Silvertown explosion of 1917; the impact of the war on port trade and business; London dockers at le Havre, France, October 1914; the dazzle ship paintings of John Everett; the effect of the war on the Port of London Authority’s works programme.
Before the Docks: London River and Port in the Eighteenth Century
The nine papers included the following topics, London River and Sea, Picturing the Port, Working the 18th Century Port, From Tyne to Thames, the life of an Eighteenth Century Merchant, The London world of the East India Company, Scientific instrument making in the Port, London and the Slave Trade, Women and Crime in the riverside parishes, The merchant trader Ann in port and beyond 1794-
Thames River Crossings
The nine papers in this conference included Roman and Prehistoric Bridges, Old London Bridge and the Pool of London, frost fairs, Thames watermen, wherries and ferries, some eighteenth century Thames crossings and the shape of London, John Rennie’s Thames bridges, Waterloo Bridge and its impact on London, the LCC tunnels and the temporary bridge between Gravesend and Tilbury during WW1.
New Researches Seminar
The Group has organised a programme of conferences since 2012. Papers have been given by people with a long-
Shipbuilding on the Thames
This was the seventh in a successful series of symposia looking at the much neglected subject of shipbuilding on the Thames.. Up until the end of the nineteenth century, the Thames was a very important shipbuilding centre. In the first half of the nineteenth century it led the way with iron shipbuilding and the development of steam powered ships. The papers in this symposium included a review of the previous symposia, the Deptford Master Shipwright’s secrets, ship-