Previous events by The 1805 Club

The following is a selection of some of the Club's past events. Events are a very important part of the Club's activities since they help to further its conservation activities by raising its overall profile and are the ideal way for members to get together, discuss their common interests and enjoy themselves. Members can now discuss these events and other activities in the Discussion Forum. 

Saturday - 12th May 2018 - AGM and Members' Day

The AGM and Members' Day was held in the East India Club, St. James Square, London.  

The Cecil Isaacson Memorial Lecture will be given by Dr Vanessa Collingridge, historian, author, broadcaster and TV presenter during the afternoon.  The title of her lecture is "James Cook: exploration, navigation and celebrity in the 18th century".  

Both events were very much enjoyed by all members who attended.  Next year's AGM and Members' Day has been provisional booked for Saturday the 11th May 2019.  Venue to be named later in the year.


Monday 11 December 2017  - An inaugural Conservation Symposium in Portsmouth

The 1805 Club with the National Museum of The Royal Navy hosted an innovative conservation symposium on Monday the 11 December 2017 at HM Naval Base Portsmouth. The museum's historic naval base and unique collection of ships was the perfect setting for the occasion. 

Monday 6th November 2017 - Pickle Night in London

Another successful and enjoyable event.  

Sunday 22 October 2017 - Trafalgar Square, London

The annual parade took place in Trafalgar Square, London.  Vice Admiral Ben Kay was the Reviewing Officer.

Saturday 21 October 2017 - The 1805 Club's Trafalgar Dinner in Portsmouth

The Club's Trafalgar Dinner was held on Saturday, 21 October 2017 - Trafalgar Day!. The venue is HMS Nelson Wardroom, Portsmouth.

Guest of Honour was Vice Admiral Ben Key CBE, Fleet Commander Royal Navy, and the Pre-Dinner Talk was given by Hugh Boscawen.

Full details and booking form were available in the Members' Area Events Page.

Friday 20 October 2017 - Wreath laying at St Paul's Cathedral

The wreath laying this year was held at 11:00 hrs.

Saturday - 13th May 2017 - AGM and Members' Day

The AGM and Members' Day was held in the East India Club, St. James Square, London.

The Cecil Isaacson Memorial Lecture entitled: 'The War in the Mediterranean 1793-1815 & the birth of Modern Combined Operations' was given by Gareth Glover in the afternoon 

Both events were very much enjoyed by all members who attended.  Next year's AGM and Members' Day has been provisional booked for Saturday the 12th May 2018.  Venue to be named later in the year.

Wirral Weekend - Emma Hamilton - Friday 21st April and Saturday 22nd April 2017

A full and interesting weekend to celebrate the life of Emma Hamilton was enjoyed by many 1805 Club members and their guests.

Monday - 7 November 2016 - Pickle Day 2016

A Pickle Day celebration was held at the National Liberal Club in Whitehall on Monday 7th November, close to the Admiralty where Lieutenant John Lapenotiere delivered Vice-Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood's memorable despatch about victory at the Battle of Trafalgar, with his famous words:
                       'Sir, we have won a great victory, but we have lost Lord Nelson!'

Please click here for a review of the evening

Friday - 4 November 2016 - Emma Hamilton Exhibition

A private viewing of the Emma Hamilton Exhibition at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich was attended by members on the evening of Friday the 4 November. The 1805 Club has played a major part in revitalising the memory of Lady Hamilton, and this 1805 Club event was to continue that commemoration.

October 2016 - Menorca Visit

Both the Royal Navy and United States Navy have important historical connections with the island, which was under British rule for much of the 18th Century, and the Royal Navy had a major presence there until 1815. During this period, the first Royal Naval Hospital was built on the Isla del Rey in Mahon Harbour, indicating the permanency of the Royal Navy's presence. The 1805 Club is also now becoming involved in fundraising towards the restoration of the hospital.

The United States Navy was involved with Menorca for some 25 years from about 1815 and the eventual US 6TH Fleet was "born" here. A US cadet training school was established on an island adjacent to Isla del Rey, an early precursor of Annapolis. There will be more of an "American theme" to this year's visit, which will also tie in with some American features in the next edition of the Trafalgar Chronicle, expected to issue in late October.

Saturday - 22 October 2016

The Trafalgar Night Dinner held at HMS Nelson, Portsmouth.

Friday 13 to Monday 16 May 2016 - Members' Portsmouth Weekend

A trip to Portsmouth was organized for members to visit and enjoy the many naval and historic sites in Portsmouth, as well as attending the AGM at HMS Nelson Wardroom.

Saturday - 14 May 2016 - AGM and Members' Day

The AGM and The Cecil Isaacson Memorial Lecture took place in the Trafalgar Room, HMS Nelson Wardroom, Portsmouth. 

The Cecil Isaacson Memorial Lecture was given by Dr James Davey, Curator of Naval History at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, titled "Beyond the storm: the Royal Navy in the aftermath of Trafalgar". 

Saturday, 17 October 2015 - Trafalgar Dinner

The Trafalgar Dinner this year was held in Portsmouth.  Full details of the evening will be published in the Kedge Anchor. 

Saturday, 16 May 2015: AGM and Members' Day

The AGM and Members' Day was held at the Society of Antiquaries of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London.

The Cecil Isaacson Memorial Lecture was given this year by Richard Holdsworth MBE, Preservation and Education Director of Chatham Historic Dockyard. The title of which was "The Historic Dockyard, Chatham: Birthplace of Victory and British success at sea during the age of sail".

This AGM and Members' Day was another successful event and greatly enjoyed by a very large number of members

April 2015: Emma Hamilton's Birthday

An event to celebrate the birth of Emma Hamilton in her home town of Neston, The Wirral, Cheshire, was organised as a weekend event. Many places connected to Emma were visited and a memorial to her was unveiled. 

This was a hugely successful event and greatly appreciated and enjoyed all those who attended. So much so, requests have been made for a similar event to be organised sometime in the future..

The Trafalgar Night Dinner - October 2014

Another most enjoyable and successful evening.  Full details of the evening will be published in the Kedge Anchor.

Friday/Saturday 3/4 October - 1805 Club Conference in Menorca

An 1805 Club Conference entitled Menorca and the Naval Strategy in the Western Mediterranean, 1779-1859. This event was held in Menorca as part of a programme of organised visits to historic naval buildings. Full details of the information of this visit and conference will be published in the Kedge Anchor.

Saturday 28 June 2014

After the great success and last fully booked visit in June 2013 to the Bell Foundry in Whitechapel, another interesting visit was arranged which was enormously enjoyed by all attendees.

Saturday, 17 May 2014: AGM and Members' Day

The AGM and Membes' Day was once again held at the East Indian Club, 16 St James' Square, London and was attended by more members than in previous years.  The Cecil Isaacson Memorial Lecture was given to a packed hall by Dr Ann-May Hills JP entitled Horatio Nelson: Voyager, Traveller, Charismatic.  The whole day was greatly enjoyed by all.

Friday, 14 February 2014

This special dinner in London on the 14 February 2014 was a great success and enjoyed by all the attendees.

Saturday, 26 October, 2013 - Trafalgar Night Dinner

The annual Trafalgar Night Dinner was again at Newhouse, Wiltshire.  The evening included a talk and the traditional fireworks display.
Monday, 21 October 2013 - Trafalgar Ceremony at St Paul's Cathedral, London
The annual  Wreath Laying Ceremony was held at Nelson's Tomb in St Paul's Cathedral in London on Monday the 21 October 2013.   

East Midland's Regional Group -  Friday - 12 July 2013

Lecture and lunch was held at Langar Hall on Friday the 12 July 2013.  Our speaker was David Vines White, who is Somerset Herald in Ordinary, and an expert on the tangled but fascinating subject of Nelson's heraldry. The admiral was something of a trial for the College of Heralds: his 'supporters', a sailor and a lion tearing the flag of Spain, were eccentric and he tended to change the design of his coat of arms quite frequently. Given that we use a defunct one of them as our logo, this was of a special interest for us.

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Visits to the Whitechapel Bell Foundry and Tower Bridge on Saturday the 8 June 2013, were both fascinating and informative and greatly enjoyed by those members who attended. Great interest has already been shown for repeat visits which it is hoped to be arranged for sometime during 2014.

Saturday, 18 May 2013: AGM and Members' Day

The AGM and Membes' Day was held at the East Indian Club, 16 St James' Square, London.  This year it was attended by more members than in previous years and proved to be a great success.  The Cecil Isaacson Memorial Lecture was given to a packed hall by Michael Crumplin MB BS MRCS FRCS (Eng and Ed) FHS FINS, entitled "The death of an admiral: surgery in Nelson's navy", which was a fascinating insight into surgery on board ship.  Members greatly enjoyed the day.

Saturday, 24 November 2012 - Lecture by Sir Arnold Wolfendale

The 1805 Club and the London Corinthian Sailing Club organised a lecture by Professor Sir Arnold Wolfendale BSc, PhD, DSc(Hon Caus) FInstP, CPhys, FRAS, FNA, For Assoc RSSA, FRS - Astronmer Royal from 1991 to 1995.

The lecture was entitled -

Captain William Bligh, RN, FRS - Maligned but Magnificent

Why did the Mutiny on the Bounty occur? How did Bligh manage his remarkable feat of navigation in an open boat? Finally, why was this remarkable man so vilified? 

22nd October 2012 - Trafalgar Day Wreath Laying Ceremony

This year the Wreath Laying Ceremony was held at St Paul's Cathedral on Monday the 22nd October 2012. 

Saturday, 20th October 2012 - Trafalgar Night Dinner

The annual Trafalgar Night Dinner was once again at Newhouse, Wiltshire.  The evening included a talk on The Battle of the Nile by Mike Ellis, former British Defence Attache to Sweden, and the traditional fireworks display.

Thursday - 27th September 2012 - Conservation Study Day

A Conservation Study Day was organised in association with the World Monuments Fund (WMF) at St. Paul's Cathedral, London.   

Tuesday, 11th September 2012 - Visit to the House of Lords and House of Commons

A visit was organised to the House of Lords and House of Commons, House of Parliament, Parliament Square, Westminster.  This was a limited number event with no extra guests admitted.

This was a full day event with visits arranged to the Jewel Tower and the Old Admiralty Boardroom.

Saturday, 8th September 2012 - Visit to Penn House

Another visit and tour of Penn House, home of Earl Howe, was organised.  Earl Howe is the direct descendant of Admiral of the Fleet Earl Howe, whom Nelson so greatly admired.

Saturday, 5 May 2012 - AGM, Members' Day and Cecil Isaacson Memorial Lecture

The AGM, Members' Day and Cecil Isaacson Memorial Lecture this year (given by Dr. John Dacam entitled Wanton Punishment in the Royal Navy during the French Wars), were held at the University of Greenwich Old Royal Naval College.

Friday - Saturday - 2 and 3 December 2011 -  Naval Leadership in the Age of Sail (1750-1840)

The 1805 Club is a partner and sponsor of a three-year programme of naval historical conferences, which started this December in Portsmouth, UK. The conferences are about Naval Leadership in the Age of Sail and are truly international in terms of their speakers. The conferences also inaugurated the annual Colin White Memorial Lecture. The sponsors are: The Society for Nautical Research, The 1805 Club, the National Museum of the Royal Navy (with its link to the Friends of the Royal Naval Museum), Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación and Cosejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Spain, and The Gunroom-HMS Surprise.

Saturday - 22 October 2011

The 1805 Club's Trafalgar Dinner at Newhouse, Redlynch, nr Salisbury, Wiltshire.  The evening included a talk by Dr Sam Willis on "The Fighting Temeraire", firework display, candlelit dinner and the Immortal Memory given by Admiral Sir Jonathon Band, GCB DL. 

Friday - 21 October 2011

First Sea Lord's wreath laying at Nelson's tomb, St Paul's Cathedral.

Saturday/Sunday - 6 and 7 August 2011 - The Victory Medal Weekend

This was a joint event with The Society for Nautical Research and The 1805 Club to visit HMS Trincomalee in Hartlepool and the Captain Cook Memorial Museum in Whitby.  

Saturday, 7 May 2011 - AGM, Members' Day and Cecil Isaacson Memorial Lecture

The AGM, Members' Day and Cecil Isaacson Memorial Lecture this year were held at the University of Greenwich Old Royal Naval College.

17 March 2011 - Launch of the Nile and Copenhagen Captains' Memorial

The reception at Kensington Town Hall on Thursday, 17th March 2011 launched the fundraising campaign for tthe Nile and Copenhagen Captains' Memorial.   It was made possible by the very kind permission of the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, by DBR (London) Limited, the award winning company providing a full range of masonry conservation and repair services for historic buildings, including Nelson's Column, Trafalgar Square and the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich; and by Past Pleasures whose play-let on the Battle of the Nile was performed free of charge. The 1805 Club would like to thank them for their wonderful support.  We should also like to thank the Marine Society and Sea Cadets for its enthusiastic participation. The evening raised over £3,000.

21 October 2010 - The Trafalgar Day Wreath Laying Ceremony in The Crypt of St Paul's Cathedral, London, at 11.00 am

Members of the MSSC and The 1805 Club were invited to attend the St Pauls' Trafalgar Day Ceremony in memory of Admiral Lord Nelson. The event consisted of a short service and wreath laying at Nelson's tomb by Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope KCB, ADC, First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff, The Marine Society and Sea Cadets, The Royal British Legion and The 1805 Club.

The ceremony started at 11.00 am , followed by a brief wreath laying at Admiral Lord Collingwood's tomb by members of the Collingwood family.

Saturday, 16 October 2010 - The Annual Trafalgar Dinner

The Annual Trafalgar Dinner was held once again at historic Newhouse, Salisbury. This year was extra special as it also celebrated The 1805 Club's 20th anniversary.  

The Guest of Honour was Rear Admiral David Steel MBE, and the evening lecture was by Professor Andrew Lambert.

Saturday, 10 July 2010 - Rededication of the tombs of Admiral Sir Thomas Bladen Capel and Admiral Sir Robert Otway, conserved by  the Club at Kensal Green Cemetery,  London

The Club recently conserved the tomb of Admiral Sir Thomas Capel, who served in HMS Vanguard under Nelson at the Nile and commanded HMS Phoebe at Trafalgar, and also that of Admiral Sir Robert Otway who was present to the  'Battle of the Glorious First of June' and commanded HMS London at Copenhagen.  The Club Chaplain, the Reverend Peter Wadsworth, conducted rededication ceremonies at these tombs at this event.

The ceremonies were followed by a buffet reception with wine and some spiced rum, known as "Nelson's Blood" obtained from the inn "The  Lord Nelson" at Burnham Thorpe, Nelson's birthplace.  Following the Reception, those interested toured the cemetery, as many with naval connections are interred there. 

Others interred at Kensal Green include Admiral Sir George Cockburn who conveyed Napoleon to St Helena in HMS Bellerophon, and who was also responsible for burning down the White House during the War of 1812 against the United States.  Others include Sir William Beatty, Nelson's surgeon at Trafalgar for whom the Club erected a memorial plaque several years ago, and Lady Jane Franklin, the wife of Sir John Franklin who commanded the expedition in HMS Erebus and Terror to discover the North West Passage, the ships being lost with all hands.

Saturday, 15 May 2010 - AGM, Members' Day and Cecil Isaacson Memorial Lecture

The AGM, Members' Day and Cecil Isaacson Memorial Lecture this year were held at the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth.

Saturday and Sunday, 6/7th March  2010 - Collingwood Bicentenary in Newcastle and the North East

This was a major club event celebrating the life and contribution to the Georgian Navy made by Admiral Lord Cuthbert Collingwood on the bicentenary of his death in 1810.  Club member Mark Thorburn, together with Max Adams and great support from many local organizations arranged an absolutely splendid weekend.

Our thanks go to the Trinity House, Newcastle, Newcastle City Council, The Lord Mayor of Newcastle, St Nicholas Cathedral, HMS Calliope, Tyne and Wear Museums, Morpeth Town Council and many others for their enthusiastic co-operation and valuable input to this 1805 Club initiative.

You can read more about this wonderful event in our May issue of The Kedge Anchor.

Another detailed description with photographs of this major event is available at the Collingwood 2010 Festival website.

Other local links include the Journal, Morpeth Herald and The Northern Echo with articles on the various services and events celebrating the live of Admiral Lord Cuthbert Collingwood, together with photographs.


Saturday, 17th October  2009 - The annual Trafalgar Night Dinner at Newhouse, Salisbury

The Annual Trafalgar Night Dinner was again held at Newhouse. We are grateful to June and George Jeffreys for kindly allowing us to continue to hold this wonderful club event in their beautiful home. 

The invited speaker this year was Dr Angela McShane of the the V & A Museum, London, who gave a most enthusiatic and illuminating talk on 'Recruitment Ballads'.  The Guest of Honour was Dr Roger Knight, University of Greenwich, author of the majesterial biography of Nelson, The Pursuit of Victory.   Commemorative firework display honoured the late Dr Colin White and Lt Cdr David Harris MBE RN.  The evening was a great success. 

Saturday and Sunday, 5th and 6th September 2009  -  Admiral Sir John Jervis, Earl St Vincent

A weekend in Stone, Staffordshire was organized to visit Admiral Sir John Jervis country, which included an overnight stay in Stone and a private visit to the Council's collection of Jervis artefacts and memorabilia. Also included was a behind the scenes look at the wonderful Naval Collection at the Wedgwood Museum.

Saturday, 25th July 2009 - The 250th Anniversary of laying down of the keel of HMS Victory 

The programme for the day included an extensive tour of the Historic Dockyard, a seminar on the construction of HMS Victory  and a lunch.  This event was a fascinating insight into the building of HMS Victory  and the work of the dockyard. 

Saturday, 25th April 2009 - Annual General Meeting at Greenwich


Friday, 17th October 2008 - The annual Trafalgar Night Dinner at Newhouse, Salisbury

The 1805 Club Trafalgar Dinner at Newhouse, Wiltshire.


26th to 28th September 2008 - The Nelson 250th Anniversary Celebrations at Burnham Thorpe

Admiral Lord Nelson was born on 29 September 1758 at Burnham Thorpe.  The 1805 Club marked the 250th anniversary with a visit to Kings Lynn and Burnham Thorpe.

Saturday, 13th September 2008: The Collingwood Years - Naval Strategy against Napoleon  1806-1810

A one-day international naval historical conference at The Maritime Warfare School, HMS Collingwood, Fareham, England. 

Saturday, 5th July 2008 : The Bayntun Fundraising Dinner held at The Royal Naval Museum, Portsmouth

Henry Bayntun, captain of HMS Leviathan at Trafalgar, is buried at Weston near Bath, and his grave is in need of £3,000 worth of conservation work.  Nelson's own dining table was the centre-piece for this unique fund-raising dinner which was held in the Nelson Gallery at the Royal Naval Museum, Portsmouth, Hampshire.  

Please follow this above link for more information.

Saturday, 7th June 2008 : A one-day conference at The Medical Society of London, 11 Chandos Street, London W1H 0EB

This one-day conference was based one. Anson's Voyage round the World and its Medical Aftermath. Full details of the conference available on-line. 

Sunday, 1st June 2008 : Glorious First of June Weekend at Langar Hall, Nottinghamshire.

Saturday, 19th April 2008 - Annual General Meeting at Greenwich

Friday, 9th November 2007 : A Royal Celebration at Windsor Castle, Windsor

This unique and unforgettable event celebrated the delivery of the news of the Battle of Trafalgar by post-chaise to his Majesty King George III at Windsor Castle on 6th November 1805. The re-enactment and champagne reception, in the Queen's Guard Chamber at Windsor Castle was held in the presence of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh KG KT, who is seen at the left of the picture watching the arrival of the post-chaise. The occasion was attended by 200 guests who were also celebrating the part the harness horse played during this period of history, highlighted by Lieutenant Lapenotiere's 267 mile, 37 hour journey from Falmouth to the Admiralty in London with Vice Admiral Collingwood's famous Trafalgar Dispatch.     

Saturday, 27th October 2007 : The 1805 Club Trafalgar Dinner, Newhouse, Salisbury

This very popular annual event was held for the 16th year at Newhouse, near Salisbury. The evening included a lecture by Professor Eric Grove on the Nelson legacy, a champagne reception, a fireworks display and a candle-lit dinner in the Ballroom. Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire was principal guest of honour and the 'Immortal Memory of Lord Nelson and all those who fell with him' was delivered by the chairman, Peter Warwick.

Saturday, 29th September 2007 : Nelson Legacy Conference, Portsmouth

The 1805 Club is a founder member of the Nelson Legacy Conference Series. The inaugural conference Following Nelson:Legacy in Warfare and Society was held at the Royal Naval Museum and was attended by the Series' patron Admiral Sir Jonathon Band KCB ADC, First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff. Afterwards a dinner for 90 guests was held on the lower gun deck of HMS Victory. The next conference in the series is in 2009.

Saturday, 2nd June 2007 : The Glorious First of June Weekend, Langar Hall, Nottinghamshire

The weekend marked the 10th anniversary of the Garter Knight's Dinner organised by The 1805 Club at which the late Admiral of the Fleet Lord Lewin, the last naval Garter Knight, was guest of honour. The anniversary event included a reception and dinner at Langar Hall, which is the birthplace of Admiral Lord Howe, the first naval Garter Knight, a commemorative service at Langar's Church of St Andrew and a tour of Belvoir Castle, the private home of Their Graces the 11th Duke and Duchess of Richmond. As a climax, His Grace the Duke fired seven guns captured from the French.

Saturday, 21 April 2007 : Annual General Meeting, Greenwich, London