The National Museum of the Royal Navy and the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation organized a scientific conference titled “From Nile to Navarino”, which was held on 13 October 2022.

The purpose of the conference was to highlight the presence of the British Royal Navy in the Eastern Mediterranean, from the time of Nelson to the Greek Revolution. Distinguished Greek and British historians took part in the conference: Hon. Prof. Thanos Veremis (University of Athens), Prof. Andrew Lambert (King’s College London), Prof. Gelina Harlaftis (University of Crete, IMS/FORTH), Dr. Katerina Galani (NHRF, Hellenic Open University), Dr. Sukru Ilicak (IMS/ITE) and researcher Martin Downer.

The presentations focused on the connection of British sovereignty in the Eastern Mediterranean after the naval battle of Aboukir, at the Nile, where Nelson annihilated Napoleon’s fleet, with the flourishing of the enslaved Greek shipping activity and the creation of a large merchant fleet, which it turned into a military one in 1821 and contributed decisively to the Greek War of Independence.

See full conference programme, here.