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 Newsletter with details of meetings and events here:

BNRA Bear Meeting and Events 2022
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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.  


* Sunday 16th January BNRA AGM, brief reports, membership and accounts and election of officers and appointments. Followed by Steve Dunn (if face to face at the Bear) who discusses his latest naval book ‘The Power and the Glory, or naval films if online.


* Sunday 20th February BNRA Model, Art and Photography exhibition. Please send us the images of your contributions and we look forward to presenting these during the meeting. Followed by Andy Peters: ‘The Ship Carver who created the new Cutty Sark Figure Head’. Andy is one of the few ship carvers continuing in this centuries old craft.


•Sunday March 20th 2022: Brian Hill: ‘The Monsoon Traders’ A study of early Arab trade in the Indian Ocean and the arrival of the Portuguese adventurers. Then Susan Amos: ‘The Disaster of HMS Port Napier, Isle of Skye, WW11’


•Sunday April 24th 2022: Dr Vaughan Michell: ’The Future Royal Navy’. Then Richard Holmes: ’Lost Naval Dockyards of Kent’.


•Saturday 21st May: ONS 2022 at St Anne’s College Oxford University. The Oxford Naval Symposium ‘A Celebration of 20 Years of Naval History with the BNRA’ - ten papers on maritime themes and the Alan Villiers Memorial Lecture Summer Recess – with trips and visits tba 


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: 21st May 2022                                Booking and Details

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 individuals 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 join us at our  face to face 20th anniversary symposium for 21st May 2022. Please see the symposium webpage and the details below and contact the BNRA secretary for booking enquiries on 07790928825.

BNRA ONS22 - Oxford Naval Symposium 2022 POSTER 21st May 2022
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BNRA ONS22 - Oxford Naval Symposium 2022 Programme 21st May 2022
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BNRA ONS22 - Oxford Naval Symposium 2022 BOOKING 21st May 2022
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Please contact our Secretary John Wain for details and booking

The Alan Villiers Lecture is now part of ONS

The Alan Villiers Lecture is now a key annual theme of the Oxford Naval Symposium and includes a specific maritime focused  lecture related to his legacy.