September 2019

The Alderney Flag

On September 5th and 6th 2019, THEMT will host an international Symposium and exhibition in Alderney.

The Symposium will showcase and celebrate Alderney’s maritime history and heritage by placing the island within the context of Anglo-French rivalry from the end of the 17th century to the First World War, with a full programme of public lectures, discussion and presentations across the two days.

Our purpose is to understand the Channel Islands and the role played by Alderney in the wider context of Anglo-French relations between 1689 and 1918. This will complement existing scholarship which has tended to treat them as a place apart. In reality, every aspect of their existence has been influenced by their relationship with the English/British state.

Nowhere is this more obvious than in the connection between their strategic location, which was of immense importance in any Anglo-French conflict, and the role local bases, resources and, above all, maritime expertise could play in any such conflict. The Islands shaped national strategies in war and peace for two hundred years, and strategy shaped the Islands in equal measure.

More details to follow, as well as more information on tickets.
To obtain tickets for the 2019 Symposium please email Michael Doury at