The 1805 Club
Conservation & education
The 1805 Club, a charity registered in England and Wales (No. 1201272) was established in 1990 to record, conserve and restore the graves and monuments of people associated with the Georgian sailing navy of Britain. This era was the heyday of sail, sometimes also called Nelson's Navy, in the 18th and early 19th centuries.
- conserved dozens of graves and memorials in the UK and overseas
- created three new memorials
- arranged high profile commemorative events
- organised visits to sites and events of interest to its members
- furthered research through international conferences and publications such as the annual Trafalgar Chronicle and launched both an educational programme for schools and a lecture programme for the Royal Navy.
- Conservation of the Nevis Register, the original marriage record of Nelson's marriage to Fanny Nisbet in 1787.
- Purchase of new databases and development of The 1805 Club website to make records available for public search online.
- Arrangement and provision of a series of naval lectures to provide historical enrichment to serving members of the Royal Navy.
- Conservation of the chapel in the Old Royal Naval Hospital in Menorca.
- The Wooden World: a programme of fun and educational workshops for schoolchildren and other groups to deliver insight into what life was like on board wooden ships of the Georgian period.
- The further development and promotion of The Trafalgar Way.
The publications of The 1805 Club
The Club organises many events, among them visits to places and occasions of interest in London, other parts of the UK, the Isle of Man, Spain, the Caribbean and the USA.
The Club has also held conferences in Menorca, Portsmouth and at the Medical Society in London. The 1805 Club is co-organiser and sponsor of an international Conservation Symposium, held annually.
There are numerous social events and opportunities to visit places not normally accessible by the public, often with expert guides as our hosts.
Many of the Club's members live overseas, including a strong contingent in North America.
Membership of The 1805 Club is open to all who share an interest in its aims.