BNRA Oxford Naval Symposium, St Annes College


Due to the global health conditions deteriorating as a result of the Covid 19 virus and the nature of the increased risk to many of our members, the committee has decided to postpone our Oxford Naval Symposium until conditions return to normal.  We are however encouraging all presenters to send in their presentations on the subject of ‘Go tell it to the Marines’. These will be collected ready for the postponed date, or released in a publication should much longer periods of confinement be needed. 



The annual BNRA naval syposium at Oxford University has been running since 2002 and includes a full day of presentations of up to ten papers on a naval theme selected each year by the committee


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.