Zeebrugge – The Centenary Conference in Portsmouth – 20th to 21st April 2018


Zeebrugge: The Centenary Conference

Friday, 20 April 2018 – 10:00am to Saturday, 21 April 2018 – 5:00pm

Call for Papers DEADLINE: 1 December 2017

The National Museum of the Royal Navy is to host a symposium, held in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard on the weekend of the 100th Anniversary of the Royal Navy and Royal Marine raid on the port of Zeebrugge. It will explore a variety of events surrounding the raid and on the morning of 23rd April 1918 itself, with a particular focus on the planning of the raid, its consequences and the challenges of the unforeseen situations that arise in covert raids. However, any methodological approach and aspect of the history of this event will be welcomed for consideration.

Papers which address the following areas will be especially welcome:

  • The Flanders Flotilla and their influence on shipping in the English Channel
    • Keyes, Bacon and the planning of the operations on the Belgian ports
    • Overcoming unforeseen difficulties in covert raids
    • The use of propaganda following the Zeebrugge Raid
    • The social and cultural impact of the Zeebrugge Raid
    • Lessons learned from the Zeebrugge Raid

To submit a paper proposal please send a 300 word outline and a one page CV by 1 December 2017 to:

Christopher Gale Senior Curator
National Museum of the Royal Navy,
HM Naval Base (PP66)
Portsmouth PO1 3NH


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