Friends of The Nottage

The Friends of The Nottage are a group of supporters who may use our facilities and attend six lectures on a variety of subjects during the winter months. Friends also have use of our extensive maritime library, and receive a copy of our Newsletter, either by email or post.

The Nottage Maritime Institute on The Quay, Wivenhoe is a unique and historic institution. For an annual subscription of just £15 or £25 per couple, you can become a “Friend of the Nottage”. This represents a great investment; not only will you help the Nottage to continue its important activities, but you can also attend our winter lecture series completely free of charge. All talks begin at 7.30pm and generally finish by 9.30pm. You are welcome to bring guests, for a small donation and subject to availability of seats.

To apply to be a Friend, please click on the link below to download the enrolment form.

Our Programme of Lectures


There will not be a talk this month as festive events take over, but we are gearing up for the new year. So make sure you check out for January 2024 onwards for some really good stuff Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all the volunteers at the Nottage!!!

‘1492 The Conquest of Paradise’

Friday 26th January 7.00pm for 7.30pm
Richard Barnard
In 1990/1991 Richard Barnard sailed on the Santa Maria to Costa Rica to help facilitate the filming of ‘1492 The Conquest of Paradise’ by the renowned film director Ridley Scott. Lots of tales about the mechanics of filming, especially on a moving sail ship and what ended up on the floor of the cutting room!!! Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm free to Friends of the Nottage or £3.00 to non members. Tea, Coffee and biscuits provided.

‘1492 The Conquest of Paradise’ The film

Friday 23rd February 7.00pm for 7.30pm
Intro by Richard Barnard
So here it is!!! having listened to all the dramas of how big screen epics are put together at the last talk, the Nottage proudly presents the finished article – Ridley Scott’s epic drama set in the tropics, complete with the tall ship expertly skippered by our Richard Barnard. Just what we need on a cold winters night!! Can’t supply the rum but tea and coffee is supplied with biscuits, (but not ship’s biscuits) 7.00pm for 7.30pm free to Friends of the Nottage, £3.00 to non members. Download the membership form and become a member to never miss a talk.