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  • Wednesday, 10 February 2021 - 5:20pm

    Queer: a controversial term steeped in prejudice. For many, it remains an uncomfortable, even unacceptable term. But in recent years has been reclaimed within the LGBTQ+ community, even becoming an academic term when referring to the history and study of sexuality and gender.

    Queering the past becomes a problematic concept when assigning modern terms to people who we cannot ask, and for whom such vocabulary did not exist. Describing a woman as a “lesbian” who pursued an intimate female friendship during the 1800s, at a time when such friendships were encouraged in preparation for...

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  • Thursday, 4 February 2021 - 2:33pm


    • National Museum of the Royal Navy’s Andrew Baines to receive prestigious prize for his conservation work on HMS Victory
    • A new support system was implemented over three years, saving the ship from collapse
    • Despite closures and the effects of coronavirus the project saw completion in December 2020


    Andrew Baines, Deputy Executive Director of Museum Operations at the National Museum of the Royal Navy has been awarded the Victory Medal for his conservation work on HMS Victory.

    The Society for Nautical Research, which was instrumental in saving HMS...

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  • Wednesday, 3 February 2021 - 5:20pm

    The Wolfenden Report

    Almost 300 years after the 1555 Buggery Act made homosexuality punishable by death, James Pratt and John Smith became the last men to be executed for sodomy in 1835.

    But an investigation into the criminality of homosexuality did not take place until 1954. Known as the Wolfenden Report, the controversial document was quickly rejected.

    Decriminalisation

    It took a further ten years for homosexuality to be partially decriminalised; men had to be over the age of 21, and any intimacy had to be behind...

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  • Monday, 25 January 2021 - 4:17pm

    Saving the armada maps

    • Ten incredibly rare maps that plot the defeat of the Spanish Armada, a defining moment in the creation of England’s identity, have been saved from export
    • Last-ditch campaign raised £600,000 in only two months, including £212,800 from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, £200,000 from the Art Fund
    • Members of the British public digging...
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  • Monday, 25 January 2021 - 11:30am

    The Life, Death and Legacy of Sir Francis Drake c. 1540 – 28 January 1596

    Francis Drake was an explorer, privateer and naval officer who famously circumnavigated the globe and assisted in the defeat of the Spanish Armada.

    He was daring and ruthless. He was also a slave trader.

    Hawkins, Drake and the International Slave Trade

    In 1562, Sir John Hawkins set sail from Plymouth to Sierra Leone where he captured 300 slaves.

    His sale of human cargo to the Americas is considered the tipping point that turned the slave trade...

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  • Monday, 25 January 2021 - 9:31am

    Admiral John ‘Jacky or Jackie’ Fisher was an outstanding innovator whose reforms helped transform the Royal Navy into a modern fighting force at the start of the twentieth century.

    Born 25 January 1841 in Ceylon, Fisher entered the navy as a Cadet on 13 July 1854, aged 13. He served during the Crimean War and took part in the capture of Canton during the China War. After qualifying at the gunnery school HMS Excellent he spent a year on the recently commissioned HMS Warrior as Lieutenant.

    Throughout the 1860s and 70s he undertook various commissions at sea and ashore most...

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