Three new Research Fellows join the National Museum

We are delighted to announce the appointment of a Visiting Research Fellow and for the first time, the appointment of two Associate Research Fellows. 

Dr David Morgan-Owen who joins us as a Visiting Research Fellow will be involved in a number of Museum based research projects, as well as exploring the NMRN’s extensive collections for his own research with a specialist interest in the pre-WW1 period 1900- 1918.

The Associate Research Fellowships are honorary posts which have been created to help the Museum access new research and expertise across the widest possible spectrum of naval and maritime history, as well as further collaboration between the NMRN and academia. 

Dr Tim Benbow brings with him expertise of post-1945 naval strategy and policy. Whilst Dr Mike Farquharson-Roberts specialises in the Royal Navy’s officer corps in the early to-mid Twentieth century, as well as the Royal Navy in the First World War.

It is intended that these posts will provide a ready vehicle for future knowledge transfer projects and help scholars promote and demonstrate ‘impact’ in their research. 

Professor Dominic Tweddle, Director General of the National Museum of the Royal Navy said, “We see these posts as a vital addition to our research programme and our ability to strengthen our national and international presence in academia.  As a national museum we see collaboration and co-operation between the heritage and academic sectors as increasingly important, especially by ensuring that the stories presented within museums are underpinned by the latest and most rigorous scholarship.”

He added, “I’m extremely pleased to welcome Dr David Morgan-Owen as our Visiting Research Fellow and I know his research will change the way we look at the Royal Navy in the pre-First World War period.”

Dr Duncan Redford, the NMRN’s Senior Research Fellow in Modern Naval History commented, “We are delighted that Tim Benbow and Mike Farquharson-Roberts have agreed to become our first Associate Research Fellows.  We hope that these posts will be the first of many between the NMRN, universities and individual scholars to further new research and ensure it reaches the widest possible audience.”

Notes for Editors:

The Visiting Research Fellow is:

Dr David Morgan-Owen was awarded his Ph.D by the University of Exeter in 2013.  Having already held seminars at the National Museum, his research looks at the Royal Navy’s plans to foil any attempted invasion of Britain if war broke out between 1900 and 1918.

The NMRN’s first two Associate Research Fellows are:

Dr Tim Benbow is deputy director of the Corbett centre for maritime policy studies, Department of Defence Studies at King’s College London. Gaining his Ph.D from the University of Oxford, he has also spent two years teaching at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. Dr Benbow is an expert on post-1945 naval strategy and policy, especially aircraft carriers and maritime airpower in the Cold War.

Dr Mike Farquharson-Roberts is an expert on the Royal Navy’s officer corps in the early to-mid Twentieth century, as well as the Royal Navy in the First World War. He gained his Ph.D from the University of Exeter following a long career as a consultant orthopaedic surgeon in the Royal Navy. He retired from the forces as a Rear-Admiral in 2007 to enter academia.

HMS Hermes returning from the Falklands