CFP: North Atlantic Fisheries History Conference

The North Atlantic Fisheries History Association seeks paper proposals for their upcoming conference in Reykjavik, Iceland, October 17-19, 2019. Abstracts are due May 31, and a limited number of travel bursaries and conference fee waivers are available for PhD students. More info below: Re-visiting Fisheries History – Re-visiting Iceland The introduction of the 200nm Exclusive […]

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The Saga Oseberg (lanched in 2012), which is a replica of the Oseberg vikingship that was found in Norway in 1903.

Highlights from International Maritime Archaeology Conference in Marseille 22nd-26th of October 2018

After returning from Marseille, France I would like to share some of the highlights of the International Symposium of Boat and Ship Archaeology, abbreviated ISBSA. This was their 15th conference and the second that I attended, and I enjoyed spending a week with friends and colleagues who are just as excited about shipbuilding as I […]

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PhD Student John Bolt in interview

PhD Research with PTUC

  PhD Candidates John D. Bolt and Elizabeth C. Libero discuss what it is like to study with the Port Towns and Urban Cultures research group. John’s research examines the development of the Royal Marines over the nineteenth century, and Elizabeth’s research looks at British South Atlantic expeditions in the early nineteenth century. For more […]

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Oil painting showing a train coming in to a multi-track railyard, with ships masts and smokestacks in the distance.

A Safe Port? Railway accidents in the dock

By now – after many years of work in the ‘Port Towns & Urban Cultures’ project – it’s probably old hat to say that port towns are important intersections between land and water, liminal zones and crossing points for people, goods and ideas. These transient places are of great interest to a range of historians, […]

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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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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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