Brian Lavery - Maritime History Expert


I have lectured on many sites including the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge and St Andrews, in the Tower of London, Edinburgh Castle and the Sorbonne, and on cruise ships including Sea Cloud, Queen Mary 2 and Island Princess.

I have addressed conferences on shipbuilding, dockyard history and naval life. I am available for local and national societies and U3A groups.

Standard topics include;

  • Sailing the Mary Rose
  • Royal Yachts under sail
  • Life in Nelson’s Navy
  • The Battle of Trafalgar
  • Building HMS Victory
  • The Other Lives of HMS Victory
  • John Cleveley, Marine Painter
  • Rich from Prize Money – Admirals and Their Houses
  • Nelson in the Mediterranean
  • The Royal Navy in Menorca
  • The Novels of Patrick O’Brian
  • The World of Jack Aubrey
  • Portsmouth and the Royal Navy
  • The Shipwrights of the Royal Dockyards
  • The Birth of Archaeological Cruising
  • The Birth of Naval Aviation
  • Training the Wartime Navy
  • Training Wartime Naval Officers
  • Two Navies Divided – the Royal Navy and US Navy in World War II
  • Churchill’s Wartime Voyages

All are fully illustrated with PowerPoint and are mostly aimed at a general rather than a specialist audience. Many other topics could be considered on request.

royal yachts under sail powerpoint presentation
admirals and their houses
historic ships of portsmouth
birth of naval aviation