The Society for Nautical Research is a well established maritime history society with a vibrant international membership of likeminded scholars and enthusiasts of all matters maritime. Although their name includes the word ‘research’ for historic reasons, members are certainly not expected necessarily to be undertaking academic research. The membership includes people whose interests include, for example, historical fiction, maritime art and photography, and the practical side of historic watercraft. It publishes the academic journal The Mariner’s Mirror and plays an important role in preserving and promoting the maritime heritage of the UK. It was instrumental in saving Nelson’s flagship HMS Victory in 1922 and has been closely associated with her restoration ever since. The Society was instrumental in founding the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich and the Royal Naval Museum at Portsmouth, now part of the National Museum of the Royal Navy.
Today, the society undertakes a wide range of activities to promote maritime history and provides benefits to its members including its journal and free entry, for the member, to all the NMRN attractions at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard (including the Gosport sites i.e. Explosion and the Submarine and Coastal Forces Museums). More about the Society including how to join can be found here. Naval Review members, especially those contributing to Part 3, would be welcome to seek to have their articles published in either their newsletter TOPMASTS or if more academic and willing to undergo peer review then The Mariner’s Mirror.