Dr. Beaven and Dr. Bell look over the waters of the Solent

A Walk Through Sailortown with the Sailortown App

Join PTUC’s Brad Beaven and Karl Bell on a walk through Portsmouth’s ‘Sailortown’. Professor Beaven and Dr. Bell discussed the Sailortown app and some episodes from our city’s rich history. The Sailortown app charts two walks that highlight several Portsmouth landmarks and monuments. It also allows users to access a database of historical locations such […]

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CFP: Maritime Spaces, Shows, and the Nineteenth-Century City

Maritime Spaces is a one-day conference taking place on Friday 12 April 2019 at University College Cork. The confirmed keynote speakers are: Graeme Milne, Senior Lecturer in Modern History, University of Liverpool Clare Pettitt, Professor of Nineteenth Century Literature and Culture, KCL The Call For Papers is currently open. In recent decades, circum-Atlantic and global […]

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NDS 2019 Conference

Naval Dockyards Society March 2019 Conference Programme

We are pleased to alert all our followers and partners about an opportunity to attend the Naval Dockyards Society Conference in Greenwich. The Society holds a themed conference each year, open to non-members, which is usually held at the National Maritime Museum Greenwich.  You can find out more about the 2019 Conference and previous conferences […]

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Desire is projected across ‘empty’ space in Calvino’s Invisible Cities. 

Seascape with Distant Coast, by J. M. W. Turner, c. 1830-1845. © Tate. Image reproduced by permission of Tate and under CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0 (Unported).

Port Cities and Desire in the Work of Italo Calvino

Italo Calvino’s (1923-1985) Invisible Cities is a work of fiction that continuously reimagines the city of Venice. It demonstrates that the same urban landscape may offer numerous different promises to its various spectators: of new lives and new possibilities, but also of new sensualities, transgressions, and experiments. This article will draw on a number of […]

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Boat Building at Bridport Harbour, c.19th Century.
By Permission of Bridport Town Council

The Naval History Blog: No. 8

Why maritime history matters: Maritime highways – A personal journey. In his Pulitzer Prize winning book aptly titled The Prize, Daniel Yergin quotes Admiral ‘Jacky’ Fisher as telling Winston Churchill, on the latter’s appointment to First Lord of the Admiralty in September 1911, ‘east of Suez oil is cheaper than coal.’[1] It later became clear […]

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