Networks, Collaboration & Outreach



The Port Towns and Urban Cultures project is working in partnership with the National Museum of the Royal Navy.


The Port Towns and Urban Cultures research group are in a Port City Lives network with the Universities of Liverpool, John Moores, Hull and Warwick.

The Port Towns and Urban Cultures research group are in a Mapping the Waterfront network with the University of Gothenburg, the Maritime Archives at the Regional State Archives of Gothenburg and the Maritime Museum, Gothenburg.

The Port Towns and Urban Cultures research group are currently working with members based at the University of Southampton and University of Winchester to develop a Solent Maritime History Network

The Port Towns and Urban Cultures website and social media platforms facilitates a growing online network of international contributors and collaborators. The website is also home to Isaac Land’s The Coastal History Blog.

External Funding

2009 AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award with the Portsmouth Royal Dockyard Historic Trust.

2013 Port Towns & Urban Cultures’ Project Leader, Dr Brad Beaven is a Co-Investigator in the AHRC funded Gateways to the First World War Centre.

2015 Dr Rob James is a project partner on a HLF project with Portsdown U3A exploring the impact of the Battle of Jutland on Portsmouth.

2015  Dr Brad Beaven and Dr Melanie Bassett for an AHRC funded project titled ‘Mapping the National Impact of the Jutland Battle: civic and community responses during the First World War.’

Education Liaison and Outreach

Port Towns and Urban Cultures are working with and exploring outreach opportunities with the University of Portsmouth’s Education Liaison and Outreach Department in particular, developing sessions for the highly successful and energetic UP for It Scheme for 11 to 16 year olds.

To explore networking, collaboration, education liaison and outreach opportunities please email

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