The 1805 Club was founded in 1990 to accomplish three objectives. To assist in the preservation of monuments and memorials relating to Vice- Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson and seafarers of the Georgian era. To promote research into the Royal Navy of the Georgian period, and especially of Vice Admiral Lord Nelson. To organize cultural and historical events.
1805 originates from the year of the Battle of Trafalgar, 21 October 1805. Club chairman since 2004 is Peter Warwick. The club is a registered charity in England.
In 2008, it was reported that the 1805 club restored the grave of Capt John Richards Lapenotière RN, at Menheniot Parish Church near Liskeard. The club also 1805 Club recorded the graves of all the British commanding officers at Trafalgar and raised funds to repair seven that were found to be in poor condition. The 1805 club documented the graves in their book, The Trafalgar Captains: Their Lives and Memorials.
According to The Times, the club conducted a 200th anniversary memorial service at the tomb of Lord Nelson. Senior members of the Royal Navy, the Sea Cadets and HMS Victory's Cutter Crew were in attendance. The club vice-president, Mrs Anna Tribe, a 3rd great-granddaughter of Lord Nelson and Lady Emma Hamilton, laid a wreath at Nelson's tomb during the service.
The 1805 Club maintains a website with historical information about Lord Nelson and also publishes the following:
- Trafalgar Chronicle, its annual maritime history journal, edited by Dr Huw Lewis-Jones.
- Kedge Anchor, its news magazine.
The 1805 Club has also published monographs, including:
- Nelson and the Campaign in Corsica, by Tom Pocock.
- The Battle of Cape St Vincent, by Colin White.
- Nelson and Tenerife 1797, by Agustin Guimera.
- The Miller Papers, by Kirstie Buckland.
- Touch and Take: The Battle of Trafalgar 21 October 1805, by Michael Duffy.
- The Trafalgar Captains: Their Lives and Memorials, by Colin White, leader of a team of 1805 club writers. ISBN 978-1861762474
- "Grave of naval hero is restored by club". Bath Chronicle. Bath, Somerset. 2006-08-11. p. 16.
- Omara, Jane (2008-05-22). "Naval hero's tomb to be rededicated". Western Morning News. Plymouth. p. 18.
- "Funeral of Lord Nelson". The Times. London. 2006-01-11.
- "City's heroes of Trafalgar". Express & Echo. Exeter. 2005-08-11. p. 12.