The Naval History Blog: No. 6

The tide creeps in: why maritime history matters Can we even imagine a world without the sea and its influence? Trying to define maritime history in his introduction to ‘The Sea and Civilization’, Lincoln Paine asks the opposite question: what exactly is ‘terrestrial history’? He tries to re-imagine the story of mankind as a land-bound […]

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The Naval History Blog: No. 5

Why Naval History Matters Have you ever wondered why English is the world’s most widely spoken language; reflected on why a small island nation on the fringe of northern Europe could come to control roughly both a quarter of the world’s population and its land mass at the height of a racially and socially diverse […]

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Study with us! MA in Naval History

Our new promo video for MA Naval History at the University of Portsmouth is live! The MA was established in 2016 and offers a unique opportunity to study the history of the Royal Navy at postgraduate level. It is an online course which offers flexible distance learning. However, as it is located at the home of the […]

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PTUC & Heritage Lottery Funded Bids: 20 Streets in Portsmouth – final event

Where: St Wilfrid’s Church, George Street, Buckland, Portsmouth. When: 25th March, 10.30am-3pm The completed 20 Streets project is culminating in an event which will review the work which has taken place over the last year to research the lives of the men listed on the war memorials in St Wilfrid’s Church, Portsmouth. All are invited to […]

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Home of Captain William Kidd and Sarah Kidd,1699

The Pirate Next Door: Wives, Families and Communities in the ‘Golden Age’ of Piracy

Pirates have many names—freebooters, brethren of the coast, members of the company, buccaneers. Throughout the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, thousands of pirates stalked the seas, attacking merchant vessels trading in the West Indies, West Africa, and North America. This period of violence and thievery has been well documented and immortalized as the ‘Golden […]

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Inaugural lecture: Exploring Sailortown: Civic culture, slums and scandal in 19th century Britain

Brad Beaven’s inaugural lecture as Professor of Social and Cultural History, University of Portsmouth, will take place on Wednesday 29 March 2017 at 6-pm, Park Building, Portsmouth. The cultural life of port towns has largely remained a hidden history. Conventional histories of ports have focused on their global and imperial networks. In this talk, Brad Beaven explores […]

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Passchendaele Centenary: PTUC helps Portsmouth Poetry to secure £10,000 HLF grant

Cultural organisation ‘Portsmouth Poetry’ has been awarded a grant of £10,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund’s  ‘First World War: then and now’ programme for their “I Died In Hell” project. The project will commemorate the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele, 1917 by focusing on the stories of Portsmouth people who participated in one of the worst conflicts […]

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The Naval History Blog: No. 4

Going with the Flow: How Maritime History Informs Civilisation In an increasingly globalized society, where much of the world’s goods travel to market along a few principal trade routes, the study of maritime history is essential to understanding various social, economic, and political trends and dynamics. For example, the pursuit of new trade routes to […]

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