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Call for Papers: From Sea to Sky

Published: 02 Nov 2015

Call for Papers: From Sea to Sky: the Evolution of Air Navigation from the Ocean and Beyond

National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

Thursday 9-Friday 10 June 2016

Following a series of successful conferences, Royal Museums Greenwich and the Royal Institute of Navigation are planning another event to bring together current research in the history of navigation.

Coinciding with Above and Beyond, an interactive exhibition on air and space technologies to be held at the National Maritime Museum (opening 27 May 2016), the conference will explore the evolution of aeronautical navigation and its relationships to practices at sea.

Possible themes might include, but would not be restricted to:

  • The development and use of navigational instruments and charts.
  • The evolution of almanacs and other navigational aids.
  • Changes in practice resulting from the transition to the ‘aerial ocean’.
  • Comparisons between military (including the different services) and civilian/commercial contexts.
  • The cultures of marine and aeronautical navigation.

To mark the 250th anniversary of the Nautical Almanac, we would also particularly welcome papers relating to its history within the broader conference theme.

Proposals for papers on these and related themes are now being sought.

It is anticipated that speaking slots will be of maximum 25 minutes, including time for questions.

To propose a paper, or for further information, please send the title and abstract (approximately 200 words) by Friday 6 November 2015 to:

Research Department Executive
Royal Museums Greenwich
Romney Road
London SE10 9NF
Tel 020 8312 6716   
Fax 020 8312 6592
E-mail [email protected]

Papers presented at the conference will be considered for the Royal Institute of Navigation’s Maybourn Prize for work on the history of navigation.


Full details are at:

Deadline for abstracts: Friday 6 November 2015


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