IN MEMORIAM


We at the BNRA are filled with great sadness at the news of the passing

of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.  A truly great monarch who made and

kept her profound vows to the country and commonwealth and led us all

as a shining example of dignity, empathy, wisdom and kindness. 


A monarch who had much affection for the Royal Navy and our maritime

traditions, serving as a naval wife and of course Lord High Admiral.


On behalf of the BNRA community, the BNRA committee would like to

express our deepest condolences and sympathy to the Royal Family on

their loss.


                                            God Save the King



Vaughan Michell     Chairman

John Wain               Secretary

John Foreman         Treasurer



The Queen visibly enjoys a visit to HMS Eagle with Prince Phillip and children,

Charles and Anne circa 1953. (Courtesy Michael Cooper).


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Please contact the secretary John Wain for invitations











BNRA Zoom  Meetings 2022:  10am – 1pm

online until we can return to the Bear, Woodstock


* 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’.
Sunday 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


These meetings will be either Zoom or if the Covid crisis is resolved we  intend to return to our conventional venue at the Bear Hotel Woodstock as soon as is feasible. On return to the Bear we will also aim to run the zoom meetings simultaneously.



Please contact John Wain to arrange attendance 07790928825..

BNRA - The War at Sea: See our selection of books now available 

Don’t forget the monthly BNRA meetings September to May each year! BNRA actively works with other naval reserach organisations and we mutually support each other. We are therefore proud to pormote the Naval Dockyards Society and their forthcoming event below for Spring 2021 of 24th Annual Conference on 27th Match 2021