This calendar lists maritime heritage-related conferences and other events that may be of interest to ICMM members. If you are speaking at or hosting a conference and would like us to share the details here and in our monthly newsletter, please email the Administrator

Due to the ongoing international situation with COVID-19, some museums and venues may be closed and events may be cancelled at short notice. We advise you to check with the organisers of the event before travelling.

Please note that we cannot take any responsibility for events not organised by ICMM.

APRIL 2021

22 April, ONLINE
King’s Maritime History Seminars: Commerce and Charters, Conflict and Contraband: the Norwegian Steamship Tungus and the Russo-Japanese War 1905-1905

22 April, ONLINE
Royal Museums Greenwich:
Behind the scenes virtual tours: Drawings in the RMG Collection

23 April, ONLINE
Guelph Museums: The Great Sickness of 1740War, Typhus, and the Royal Navy

26 April, ONLINE
Maritime Heritage Trust:
What European Maritime Heritage does for us – keeping our sea history alive
*Speakers include Thomas Hoppe of European Maritime Heritage*

27 April, ONLINE
HMS Unicorn lecture series: Falls of Clyde – Past, Present and Future

27 April, ONLINE
Royal Museums Greenwich: A Sea of Troubles: Shakespeare’s Narratives of the Sea


28 April, ONLINE
Europa Nostra & Wessex Archaeology:
Maritime Heritage as a tool to promote wellbeing – a Roundtable discussion

29 April, ONLINE
Royal Museums Greenwich:
Behind the scenes virtual tours: Leisure as depicted through ship models
*A talk by National Maritime Museum Curator of Ship Models Simon Stephens*

29 April, ONLINE
The Warburg Institute:
The Landscape and the Ship: Mapping Seventeenth Century Naval Battles

30 April, ONLINE
SS Great Britain lunchtime talks 2/3: SS Great Britain: The Incredible Journey

MAY 2021

Vancouver Maritime Museum: Ching Shih: Prostitute, Pirate and Gentlewoman

11 May, ONLINE
Virginia Museum of History and Culture: Pirates of the Caribbean – movie mythbusting with Dr Jamie Goodall, author of Pirates of the Chesapeake Bay


12 May, ONLINE
CHERISH Project: Virtual Conference on Coastal Cultural Heritage and Climate Change


18 May, ONLINE
ICOM (International Council of Museums):
International Museum Day 2021: The Future of Museums: Recover and Reimagine

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25 May, ONLINE
HMS Unicorn lecture series: The History of Chatham Dockyard


27 May, ONLINE
South West Fed: Behind the Interpretation – Co-Creating Poole Museum’s new Maritime Galleries


28 May, ONLINE
SS Great Britain lunchtime talks 3/3:
I Alone am Hung in Chains: Isambard Kingdom Brunel, 1806-1859

More info

31 May – 2 June, ONLINE
United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development:
Kick-off Conference

More details tbc

JUNE 2021

7 June, ONLINE
Northern Sea Maritime Museums’ Network and Baltic Sea Maritime Museums’ Network:
Digitization in Exhibition and Research – a joint workshop

Call for papers (Deadline: 15 April)

8 June, ONLINE
United Nations: World Oceans Day 2021: The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods

More info

10-11 June, ONLINE
Canadian Nautical Research Society/Société Canadienne Pour la Recherche Nautique:
Annual Conference 2021: Canada’s Pacific Gateway, Past Present and Future

More info

16 June, ONLINE
European Conference of Aix-Marseille University:
Protect our oceans, the challenge of Europe’s global leadership


16-18 June, ONLINE
Britain and the World: Conference 2021


22 June, ONLINE
Royal Museums Greenwich: ‘We want eight and we won’t wait!’: Democracy, Strategy and the Navy on the eve of the First World War


25 June, ONLINE
International Maritime Organization: Day of the Seafarer 2021

More info

26 June, aboard SS Shieldhall, Southampton, UK
Nautical Archaeology Society: Understanding Metal Wrecks


JULY 2021

1 July, ONLINE
HMS Unicorn Lecture Series: Life as a WREN – A Story of the Second World War


8-19 July, HYBRID EVENT: ONLINE & Pensacola, Florida, USA
North American Society for Oceanic History: 2021 Annual Conference:
Maritime Connections: History, Heritage and the Maritime Landscape


14 July, ONLINE
HMS Unicorn Lecture Series: Sailor Song – The Shanties and Ballads of the High Seas



8-11 September, HYBRID EVENT: ONLINE & Kiel, Germany
European Association of Archaeologists (EAA):
27th Annual Conference 2021: Widening Horizons



1-5 November, National Taiwan Ocean University, Keelung, Taiwan
The 4th Asia-Pacific Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage (APConf):
The Maritime Cultural Landscape of the Austronesian Diaspora

More details

12-13 November, Sheridan Institute of Higher Education, Perth, Western Australia
2021 Indian Ocean Studies Conference:
Continuity and Change in the Indian Ocean in an Age of Uncertainty

Call for abstracts (Deadline – 28 May 2021)

MAY 2022

6-10 April, Valletta, Malta
The Honor Frost Foundation & The University of Malta:
Under the Mediterranean II Conference

More details


12-16 September, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Halifax, Nova Scotia
(rescheduled from 2021)
ICMM Congress 2022
Details tbc