The Society is pleased to announce a virtual Winter Lecture series offered exclusively to members of the SNR. This is a trial activity designed to provide you with greater benefit from your membership and it is hoped that we will be able to develop it further.
The first lecture will be at 18:30 at on 8 December 2021 when Dr Jonathan Coad will be speaking on: ‘Bermuda Dockyard 1795-1950. Building the Royal Navy’s Western Atlantic base’.
Jonathan Coad was an Inspector of Ancient Monuments responsible for research and conservation of the state’s monuments in East Anglia and later in south east England. He directed major archaeological excavations at Denny Abbey, near Cambridge, and at Castle Acre Castle in Norfolk.
Early on, he was asked to identify the historic importance of buildings and engineering works in the Royal Navy’s operational home basis, working closely with the Ministry of Defence and later with the Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust to secure a future for these. In 1997 he evaluated for UNESCO the Swedish Naval Base of Karlskrona for inclusion in the list of World Heritage Sites.
He has written a number of guidebooks for English Heritage properties as well as lectured extensively on the Royal Navy’s built heritage at home and abroad. His latest book Support for the Fleet: Architecture and Engineering of the Royal Navy’s Bases 1700-1914, is a joint winner of the Association for Industrial Archaeology’s 2014 Peter Neaverson Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Industrial Archaeology.
Jonathan was one of the SNR representatives on the Victory Advisory Technical Committee, later becoming Chairman from 2005 to 2012. He is a former President of the Royal Archaeological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.