Conference: The World of the Newport Ship, 17-18 July 2014
The Newport Ship is the most important late medieval merchant vessel yet recovered. Built c. 1450 in northern Spain, she foundered at Newport twenty years later while undergoing repairs. Since her discovery in 2002, further investigations have transformed historians’ understanding of fifteenth century ship technology. This cutting-edge conference will bring together maritime archaeologists and historians to explore the ship, consider her significance, and locate the vessel within the commercial world from which she came.
The conference will take place in the Arts Faculty (Lecture Theatre 3) of the University of Bristol, 17 Woodland Rd, over two days. It will consist of eight sessions with papers by experts in the field. We will start by examining the ship itself and then move outwards in a series of broadening rings to examine the wider context of the vessel. A copy of the conference flyer (illustrated below) is available as a pdf (500k). The programme, which is still evolving at this stage, will be along the following lines:
Thursday 17 July
Session 1: 9.30-11.00: The Archaeology of the Newport Ship
- Toby Jones (Curator, Newport Ship)
- Nigel Nayling (University of Wales: Trinity Saint David)
Session 2: 11.30-13.00: Fifteenth Century Shipping
- Dr Ian Friel, 'The rise and fall of the big ship, c 1400 - c 1520'
- Dr Susan Rose, 'Violence at sea in the fifteenth century; the effect on trading vessels like the Newport Ship.'
Session 3: 14.00-15.30: Newport and the Severn Sea in the Fifteenth Century
- Bob Trett (Caerleon), 'Newport during the mid-fifteenth century'
- Prof Ralph Griffiths (Swansea University), 'Sailing the Severn Sea in the mid-fifteenth century'
Session 4: 16.00-17.30: The Regional and National Context
- Prof Peter Fleming (University of the West of England), 'The Severn Sea: urban networks and connections in the mid-fifteenth century'
- Dr Rowena Archer (University of Oxford)
Conference dinner at local restaurant
Friday 18 July
Session 1: 9.30-11.00: International Shipping of the Severn Sea in the Fifteenth Century
- Dr Evan Jones (University of Bristol), 'The shipping industry of the Severn Sea'
- Margaret Condon (University of Bristol), 'The great shipping of the Bristol Channel in the mid-fifteenth century'
Session 2: 11.30-13.00: Iberian links, Politics, Shipping and Trade, c.1450-1470
- Prof Wendy Childs (University of Leeds), 'The overseas trade of Bristol and its region in the mid-fifteenth century'
- Michael Barkham (Basque historian), 'The trade, shipping and shipping industry of the Basque country at the end of the middle ages'
Session 3: 14.00-15.30: Iberia, Northwestern Europe and the Mediterranean
- Dr Hilario Casado Alonso (University of Valladolid) and Dr Flávio Miranda (Nova University of Lisbon–IEM, CITCEM–UP), 'The Iberian economy and commercial exchange with Northwestern Europe in the later middle ages.'
- Dr Francesco Guidi Bruscoli (University of Florence / University of Bristol), 'Trade and navigation between the Atlantic and Mediterranean worlds in the mid-fifteenth century'
Session 4:16.00-17.30: Roundtable Discussion
We are hoping to limit the cost of attending the conference to a nominal charge of £10, which will cover registration, refreshments and lunch on both days. Attendance of the conference dinner on the Thursday night will be extra.
Dr Evan Jones and Dr Richard Stone (University of Bristol) with support from Toby Jones (Newport Ship) and Nigel Nayling (University of Wales: Trinity Saint David).
If you might be interested in contributing to the programme itself, please contact Dr Evan Jones. Those wishing to register an interest in attending should contact: Richard.Stone@bristol.ac.uk.