sailing ships in battle on the Medway River

Lecture to mark Battle of Medway anniversary

A leading expert from the Netherlands on the Anglo-Dutch maritime wars of the 17th century will give a public lecture at the Historic Dockyard Chatham to mark the anniversary of Battle of Medway.

The lecture forms part of a three-day conference organised by the University and the Historic Dockyard Chatham that brings together some of the leading academic experts from the UK and the Netherlands on the Anglo-Dutch Wars.

Jerome van der Vliet, who is a Conservator at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, will present a lecture entitled The Anglo-Dutch Wars: naval archaeology, material culture and visual arts on Friday 30 June at the Royal Dockyard Church.

The lecture, which begins at 18.00, will be chaired by Richard Holdsworth, Director of Museum and Heritage at the Historic Dockyard Chatham. For more information and tickets see: Raid

Experts taking part in the conference include Professors David Ormrod and William Pettigrew, of Kent’s School of History; Dr Gijs Rommelse, University of Utrecht; Dr Martine van Ittersum, University of Dundee; Dr Pepijn Brandon, University of Amsterdam; and Dr Nuala Zahadieh, University of Edinburgh.

The conference comes after a nine-day festival, running from 8-17 June, to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the Battle of Medway. These include exhibitions, activities. Kent is a co-sponsor of the celebrations.