All regular Lectures are at the Marine Institute at Ridge Road.

Hampton Hall is through the main front door at the Marine Institute and to the left. All lectures start at 8 pm. Free parking is available in front and to the west of the building.

Lectures are held on the last Thursday of the months of September, October, November, January, February, March and April. Please contact the office for symposia venues.

Please check the NEXT SYMPOSIUM page on this site for symposia information.




Jan 26
Fathoming the Depths for the First Trans-Atlantic Cables.

Abstract: In the 1850s when the first transatlantic telegraph cable was envisioned very little was known about the deep ocean and its seabed.  However, hydrographic information was considered essential to determine the practicality of the project. This presentation will discuss the hydrographic surveys completed for the transatlantic cable project, the hydrographers who did them, how the survey's data contributed to the project’s success and a scientific controversy related to the surveys.

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Charles H. Stirling  
Feb 23

- Observing the Outports, the  foundation of our understanding of Newfoundland society in an era of   modernization.

In Dr Webb’s lecture he will draw upon his recent book “Observing the Outports: Describing Newfoundland Society and Culture.” Parallel to the cultural revival that occurred in the 25 years after confederation, there was a Newfoundland Studies Movement at the university. Anthropologists, folklorists, historians and others developed active research in an effort to document Newfoundland culture. At a time when Resettlement was reshaping the outports, groups of scholars strove to understand cultural change.


Jeff Webb  
Mar 30

“The impossible dream".

A lecture about how and why the Janeway Hospital, St. John’s  was opened in 1966. The opening of a Child Health Centre in the Old Pepperrell Hospital in 1966 against enormous opposition from the medical community was a remarkable story.



Rick Cooper  
Apr 27

“On  Gerry Squires.”

Stan Dragland  




April 7-9, 2017 Devon-Newfoundland ancestry symposium at Exeter, England.

List of Speakers

(This is not a Newfoundland Historical Society event. Please contact devonshireassoc@btinternet.com  for further information.)

The Devon - Newfoundland Story and

The Devon Newfoundland Story programme