Although we have a global membership we meet regularly September-May each year at locations in Oxfordshire. Please contact the Secretary for details and see our latest events calendar.
You're more than welcome to drop in for a lively, friendly discussion and presentations from people with a shared passion for naval activities...

Download our BNRA Events Calendar that details our programme of meetings and events here:

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For all BNRA events - please contact the Secretary John Wain on 07790928825

BNRA Meetings




BNRA meetings are held in Oxfordshire as per our BNRA calendar usually on the 3rd Sunday of the month from 10am -1pm.  




Due to the current health situation we are currently holding our monthly meetings online, until safe to return o face to face.  However, we plan to follow as nuch as poissible our traditional presentation format as below.  Please contact the BNRA Secretary for further details.


BNRA Zoom  Meetings 10am - 12 noon:

Sunday 17 January 2021 AGM. Then: Susan Amos: 'The Journal of Joseph William Crabb RN 1800-1810’, Bob Horner: 'Cruiser Aurora History Part Two 1918-06’-

Sunday 21 February 2021 Annual model , art and photography exhibition

To include: 'The Hornblower Models’, 'Shell fuses,18th&19thc developments'

'Computer modelling of the Naval Bofors Gun’, 'King George V, a model in focus’, Dartmouth Museum: 'A New Mayflower Model : a ship's structure revealed’ and others…

Sunday 21 March 2021   Cmdr David Lingard, Dartmouth Museum : 'Exercise Tiger; the New Information’. Dr. Brendan O'Farrell : The Baltic Campaign during the War with Russia, including the Invasion of Finland, (Crimean Period)

Sunday 18 April 2021 Rob Brassington: ' WW1 Allied Torpedoes. Computer graphics revealing developmental stages in this evolving technology that changed the nature of sea warfare’. Capt. Peter Hore; 18th/19thc period sailing navy topic to be confirmed

BNRA Summer Visit;   Susan Amos has suggested a summer outing on Saturday 17 July to Shugborough Hall, dependent on the status of Covid and any restrictions.

Shugborough was Admiral Anson’s home and is now a National Trust Property


BNRA Autumn Series of meetings.  Content tbc

Sunday 19 September 2021

Sunday 17 October 2021

Sunday 21 November 2021

Sunday 12 December 2021 Sea Poetry & Prose…and Mince Pies (we hope!)

              These meetings will be either Zoom or if the Covid crisis is resolved we  intend to

                  return to our conventional venue at the Bear



The meetings typically include one presentation on a sailing navy subject and one on a steel navy subject.  From time to time we present a 'naval action described' or NAD that includes physical models and maps to illustrate a specific naval battle or action.  We also occasionally hold meetings where members bring items such as paintings, artefacts, models etc to provide a 15 minute background relating to an interesting point about the object to stimulate discussion.  In the December meeting we traditionally hold our 'mince pies and sea poetry' session where members bring and read poetry and prose (third party or even their own) to express their passion for naval and maritime history.  The event includes festive snacks and often the accompanyment of music and naval ballads from our Jews harp expert and BNRA musician.  Please see our calendar of events, but please note ; specific presentations should be checked with the BNRA Secretary before attendance.

Oxford Naval Symposium ONS

The BNRA Oxford Naval Symposium is held in May/June each year at St Anne's College, Oxford University.  It was originally held at Rhodes House.  The symposium focuses on a different naval theme each year and includes up to ten 30 minute presentations from amateur and professional naval historians, serving officers, naval architects, curators and other indivduals with a passion for naval history.  The event is held in the Mary Ogilvie lecture theatre at the college on a Saturday, with options for lunch, refreshments and an evening meal.  Normally the Friday prior to the event includes a visit to a site of naval interest related to the event.  Past themes have included 100 years of naval aviation 'Fly Navy' in conjunction with the Royal Navy, lights, camera, naval action (the navy on visual media), the Fighting Cochranes - a naval dynasty and many others since 2002.  We range from steel navy subjects such as Dreadnoughts through the ages to in 2012, The Naval War of 1812 and Naval Intelligence in September 2013, to Damned Un English Naval Warfare in 2015, The Triumph of the Circumnavigators in 2018 and Shipwreck in 2019. Please contact the BNRA secretary for details on 07790928825.

BNRA ONS20 - Oxford Naval Symposium 2020 Programme
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The Alan Villiers Lecture is now part of ONS