21st October 2005 is the Bicentenary – the 200th anniversary – of the Battle of Trafalgar.
On that day in 1805, a fleet of 27 British ships of the line, under the command of Vice Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson, met and fought a combined French and Spanish fleet of 33 ships off the coast of South-West Spain, near the port of Cadiz.
Great Britain is preparing all kind of events, for example:
Friday 11th – Saturday 12th March
Conference: New Researchers in Maritime History
Royal Naval Museum. Contact: Mrs Sue Goodger (Tel: 023 9272 7574)
Saturday 30th April – Sunday 2nd May
Conference: Portsmouth Dockyard in the Age of Nelson
Historic Dockyard. Contact Dr Ann Coats, Naval Dockyards Society (Tel: 023 9286 3799)
Monday 13th June
Race around the Isle of Wight
Contact The Secretary, Royal Yacht Squadron (Tel: 01983 292191
Saturday 18th-Sat 25th June
Tuesday 28th June
International Fleet Gathering
Son et Lumiere Re-creation of Trafalgar (evening)
(Both to take place in the Solent – visit http://www.trafalgar200.com
Wednesday 29th June
Drumhead Ceremony for Naval Veterans of all conflicts
Thursday 30th June-Sunday 3rd July
International Festival of the Sea
(Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and HM Naval Base)
Tuesday 13th – Wednesday 14th September
Nelson’s Last Drive
From Merton to Portsmouth. Contact: Bill White (Tel: 020 8994 1416)
Saturday 17th – Sunday 18th September
Nelson’s Last Walk. Pageant on Southsea Common.
Friday 14th – Saturday 15th October
The Trafalgar Conference
Major international conference in the Historic Dockyard, focussing on the Battle of Trafalgar from the view points of the three sides. Jointly organised by the Royal Naval Museum, The 1805 Club, The Nelson Society, and the Society for Nautical Research.
Contact: Julian Thomas, Royal Naval Museum (Tel: 023 9272 7567)
In Spain much less, but probably will be conferences in Cadiz and a picture exposition too.