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:
Session 1: 9.30-11.30: The Archaeology of the Newport Ship
Session 2: 12.00-13.00: Fifteenth Century Shipping
Session 3: 14.00-15.30: Newport and the Severn Sea in the Fifteenth Century
Session 4: 16.00-17.30: The Regional and National Context
Conference dinner at local restaurant
Session 1: 9.30-11.00: International Trade and Shipping of the Severn Sea
Session 2: 11.30-13.00: Iberian links, Politics, Shipping and Trade, c.1450-1470
Session 3: 14.00-15.30: Iberia, Northwestern Europe and the Mediterranean
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.