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.



NHS Symposium October 2,3 & 4, 2014
“The British Empire is at War!” – Mobilizing Newfoundland, 1914
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30 Jan

'The Silver Highway - a brief history of the exploration of Labrador's Grand (Churchill) River'

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Anne Budgell
27 Feb

Habitants, Soldiers, Sailors, and Servants: The History and Archaeology of the French in Placentia Bay, 1662-1714

The French establishment of a colony in Newfoundland would fundamentally alter the nature of the French presence on the island. Prior to the colony's founding, the French presence in Newfoundland had been a seasonal one only, in which the French fishers who had come to the island's shores stayed for the summertime only. Any overwintering was likely unintentional. But with the advent of colonization, in Plaisance (now Placentia) in 1662, the French presence changed substantially. Colonization continued to bring seasonal fishermen to Plaisance, but they now shared space in the harbour with the permanently-resident owners of fishing plantations (or habitants). Colonization brought an administrative presence to the colony as well, and so Plaisance was home to the first garrisoned fortification in Newfoundland, as well as civilian colonial administrators. Plaisance quickly grew to be the largest settlement in French Newfoundland, as well as the most important administrative, economic, and military centre for the French on the island. Settlement outside of the colony grew after 1662, and we see the spread of small, family-based fishing settlements into Placentia Bay in particular after this time. Though small, and poorly documented, these settlements were nonetheless an important part of the French experience in Newfoundland. French permanent residence was more or less brought to an end with the 1713 Treaty of Utrecht, as the French were subsequently prevented from living on the island permanently. This presentation will explore what we know of the history and archaeology of the resident French in Newfoundland-- the habitants, soldiers, sailors, and servants, who all made Placentia Bay their home-- and what happened to them after they were forced to leave.

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Amanda Crompton
27 Mar

"James Vey: photographic journalist/artist"

 Robert Edwards Holloway (1850-1904), Simeon Henry Parsons (1844-1908), and James Vey (1852?-1922) were all photographing life in Newfoundland at the turn of the last century.  Much has been written about Holloway and Parsons, but Vey's story is not as well known. Vey was very much a "journalistic photographer," a man of the streets; and, his work reflects a Newfoundland which existed from the 1890s to the 1920s. The talk will look at the work and life of a man whose photographs appeared in the Illustrated London News, McClure's Magazine, Scientific American, and Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine, as well as in George Allan England's Vikings of the Ice.

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Suzanne Sexty
1 May

The George Story Lecture:On Record: Toward A Social History of Audio Recording in Newfoundland and Labrador

(NOTE: this lecture was not recorded because of laws concerning permissions.)

Dr. Beverley Diamond