Author Archive | Melanie Bassett

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The End of Shipbuilding in Portsmouth

In recent days the news that shipbuilding is to end in Portsmouth has caused a sensation in both the local and national press. Port Towns and Urban Cultures’ Dr Brad Beaven, Reader in History at the University of Portsmouth, was interviewed by ITN’s Rageh Omaar to comment on the historical and cultural significance of shipbuilding […]

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Call For Articles

The PTUC team at the University of Portsmouth welcome contributions to the new Port Towns and Urban Cultures website. We are seeking to expand knowledge and partnerships about life in port towns and cities in Britain and across the globe. The website provides a great opportunity for researchers to contribute to this growing discourse and […]

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Centre for Port & Maritime History, Liverpool, Conference on ‘The “Otherness” of Port Cities,’ – 12 to13 September 2013

Three members of the Port Towns and Urban Cultures project team are delighted to be giving papers at the Centre for Port & Maritime History, Liverpool, conference on ‘The “Otherness” of Port Cities,’ 2013. This is the second conference from the Centre for Port & Maritime History, which is a collaborative venture between The University […]

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Alfred West’s Life in Our Navy catalogue, 1912. Courtesy of the Wessex Film and Sound Archive.

The British Empire on Celluloid – Alfred West’s “Our Navy”

John M. MacKenzie argued that early film transposed popular imperial propaganda from the music hall stage to the screen.[1] He cited the films of R. W. Paul and Cecil Hepworth on military life as being influential for amalgamating military spectacle and popular entertainment.[2] Often overlooked, filmmaker Alfred West from Gosport, Hampshire, was one of British […]

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Play Up, Play the Game! The Press and Civic Rivalry between Port Town Football Clubs in the Edwardian Era

The role of class, gender and place identity formation through the support of the local football team has been explored by a number of historians.[1] Through local rivalries and the celebration of civic pride football supporters were able to make sense of their urban environment and their place in the world.[2] Portsmouth’s ‘Pompey Chimes’ chant […]

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Port Towns and Urban Cultures Conference – 25 to 27 July 2013

The increasing interest in ‘coastal and Atlantic histories’ have drawn historians’ attention to the importance of port towns. The waterfront was the intersection of maritime and urban space and the port town was often a unique site of cultural exchange that both reinforced and challenged local, national and imperial boundaries. The conference, organised by the […]

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