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Naval Dockyards Society Conference:
4 April 2020 National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
Where Empires Collide: Dockyards and Naval Bases in and around the Indian Ocean
This one-day conference will examine the role of naval bases and naval support facilities of all nationalities in and around the Indian Ocean.
If your proposal is accepted, the NDS will pay standard UK travel expenses (not international flights), your conference fee and lunch, publish it in our Transactions and give you a complimentary copy.
Deadline 30 November 2019
The CALL FOR PAPERS is on the Naval Dockyards Society website: Naval Dockyards Society
The booking form is here: – Conference 2020 booking form
The Ho Group, an experimental archaeology group who meet in Denmark and who are committed to research into early artillery and gunpowder, announce their latest, exciting, venture and invite you to participate.
Our latest project is to construct a replica of a late medieval reverberatory furnace and cast cannon as close as possible to late medieval and early modern methods and techniques. To this end, we have built an experimental small-scale reverberatory furnace using early 16th century documentation and we invite you to the first, experimental, casting in May 2019.
Although the first, experimental, furnace is built, it has not yet been tested and we are planning to melt about 250 kg of bronze and cast a number of small cannon. The moulds, made in precisely the same way as in the late medieval period, will be of a surviving mid-15th century cannon, and the melting and casting will be done with wood.
The project will take place in the week of the 11 – 18 May 2109 with the actual casting probably on the 15th/16th though this is not guaranteed. We would like you to join us, to participate and be a part of this unique project.
There is very limited accommodation at the Medieval Centre – available on a first come, first served basis. Hotel accommodation is also available at the Hotel Lieslund (within walking distance of the Centre) or at the Hotel Falster (some 5km away).
If you would like to join us for what, we are sure, will be a unique event, please contact Kay Smith at:
The casting will take place at the Medieval Centre, Middelaldercentret, in Nykobing, Falster some 100km south of Copenhagen. By air, Nykobing is easy to reach by train from Copenhagen. By road, the easiest way is via the Puttgarden/Rodby ferry from Germany.
Middelaldercentret, Ved Hamborgskoven 2-4, 4800 Nykøbing, Falster, Denmark
You are not expected to know all the sources – full training is provided! However, you would need to be within easy reach of Larkhill.
If you would like more details, please get in touch with me and I will send you further information. Do also forward this to anyone who might be interested.
Royal Artillery Museum