The Ordnance Society

Ordnance & Artillery of All Periods


The detailed agenda for this exciting conference is below; booking details are on the EVENTS page.


 Time Table

Day 1             (Lectures are to be 45 minutes)

0830               Registration (coffee/Tea)

0900 – 0945   Wrought from the Sea: New evidence and thoughts on wrought iron ordnance.  Kay Smith

0945 -1015    English guns in Italian waters, recent discoveries. Ruth Brown

1015 – 1045   Bronze and cast iron ordnance found off Galicia in a wreck of the second Spanish Armada (Padilla’s fleet 1596).  Renato Gianni  Ridella and Miguel San Claudio.

Mid morning tea

1115 – 1200   Esmiral of Minquiers Reef: A late 16th century bronze breech-loading swivel gun from the Minquiers Reef, Channel Islands, UK. Robert Waterhouse, Field Archaeologist – Societe Jersiaise

1200 – 1245  Recent bronze ordnance discoveries from three shipwrecks off Brsecine, SV Pavao and Vis harbour, Croatia. Igor Mihajlović, Igor Miholjek and Jurica Bezak Conservators and Archeologist Department for Underwater Archeology Croatian Conservation Institute.


1345 – 1430  The changing arsenal of a Tudor warship. The Mary Rose of  1509-1545. Alexander Hildred

1430 – 1515   Forensic archaeology and the gun carriages of Pepys London. Gun carriages from the wreck of the London. Daniel Pascoe.

Afternoon Tea

1545 – 1630   Ordnance of the Sun King: Louis XIV era brass marine guns. Christian Cholet.

1630 – 1715   La Real Fábrica de Artillería de La Cavada (1622-1835). Supplying guns to the Spanish Navy. Ramon Orrite.

1715 – 1730 End of first day exit venue

Day 2

0830               Coffee/Tea

0915 -1000    From ocean depths to public display: treatment of a cannon in a restoration workshop. Restoration and Conservation of cannon in France. Gilles Baron, Elodie Guilminot, Charlène Pelé-Meziani, Christine Riquier-Bouclet: Arc’Antique Laboratory, Nantes (France) Nathalie Huet, Marine Jaouen: DRASSM (Département des recherches archéologiques  subaquatiques et sous-marines), Marseille (France)

 1000 – 1045   The Guns of Gun Rock, 3D photogrammetry and ordnance recording. Peta Knott and John McCarthy, Wessex Archaeology.

Mid morning tea

1115 -1200    Guns of Victory, the conservation and recording of the ordnance from HMS Victory 1744. Jon Privot Head of Metals Conservation and Dr D.M. McElvogue TrenDive

1200 – 1245  Guns from the Narrow Seas: New Discoveries. Dr Sean Kingsley, Director, Wreck Watch Int.


1345 – 1430 Heavy hammers and Dirty hands: Guns from the North Sea seldom arrive clean. Nico Brink

1430- 1515    Age and provenance of a bronze swivel gun from northern Australia. Matt Cupper, University of Melbourne, Jon Woodhead, University of Melbourne, Ian Mcintosh, University Indianapolis, Tim Stone, Tim Stone Heritage, Michael Owen, SEP Consultancy, Michael Hermes, Consultant Archaeologist, Matthew Maus, Indiana University Bloomington

Afternoon Tea

1545-1630     An Eighteenth Century English Gun in Turkish Waters. 

John D. Littlefield Texas A&M

1630 -1715    “Cannons have their bowels full of wrath”, lessons learnt from live firing of replica guns from the sea. Nicholas Hall, Royal Armouries

1715 – 1730   Q&A and roundup of the conference – OS Chairman



Author: oschair

Currently Chairman of The Ordnance Society

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