Isaac Land is an Associate Professor of History at Indiana State University. He is the author of War, Nationalism, and the British Sailor, 1750-1850, (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009). He also writes ‘The Coastal History Blog’ hosted on the Port Towns’ website. He can be reached at Isaac.Land@indstate.edu or on Twitter @IsaacLand2
Joanne Begiato is Head of Department of History, Philosophy and Religion and joined Oxford Brookes in March 2005 from Murray Edwards College, Cambridge where she was a fellow and director of studies in history. Prior to this she was a Junior Research Fellow at Merton College, Oxford and read for her BA and PhD at the University of Durham. Joanne teaches social and cultural history. She specialises in the history of the family, marriage, masculinities, and law. With Professor Begiato students will investigate these topics from the perspective of emotions, material culture and gender in order to understand them better and make them come alive: exploring images of families, sailors, and soldiers; examining gendered objects and spaces; considering which weapons men used to beat their wives and which possessions quarrelling spouses fought over; and thinking about the meaning of men’s clothes and beards for masculine identity.
Ken Cozens is an independent London based researcher with a lifelong interest in London’s eighteenth century economic history and voyages of exploration. Ken decided to specialize in maritime history and focus in particular on London merchant networks after taking early retirement. He subsequently undertook the post-graduate course in Maritime History at University of Greenwich, (Greenwich Maritime Institute), , where he was awarded an MA for his dissertation Politics, Patronage and Profit: A Case Study of Three 18th Century London Merchants, which explored the business networks of the merchant shipping partnership of the Wapping-based Camden, Calvert & King. Ken’s work is now fully focussed on his continuing interest and the importance of the social and global business connections of London’s maritime world. He is currently working on a number of collaborative projects with other scholars and institutions. You can contact Ken here
Derek Morris discovered many years ago that the great explorer and navigator, Captain James Cook, lived in the East London hamlet of Mile End Old Town from 1765 until his murder in 1779 in Hawaii, and that Derek’s family lived nearby. This discovery has led to twenty years of very deep research into the archives of London and has led to four well-regarded books, dozens of articles and talks, and a willingness to lead walks around London’s Sailortown and adjoining areas. The result has been to greatly widen our knowledge of the merchants and mariners, who lived in the area, and their world-wide trading connections, and challenged many well-established stereotypes of these east London parishes in the 18th century.
George Ackers is a Lecturer in Sociology. George’s intellectual interests centre on the sociology of work in transitions and how processes such as deindustrialisation affects ordinary peoples working lives sense of identity and community. His PhD research is entitled, ‘De-industrialisation and Masculine Work Identity in the Former Naval Repair Community of Medway, Kent’. This study examines the impact of de-industrialisation on masculine work identity for generations of Medway men, a work context which mirrors the royal dockyard in Portsmouth. Findings from this research challenge the idea that most men were/and are passive victims of industrial change. By contrast, the majority of men in this study managed to carefully adapt to and navigate the transition from industrial to post-industrial work whilst still retaining a ‘linear life narrative’ (Sennett, 1998) to give meaning to their evolving careers and lives.
George’s interests within the port town project relate to the lived experiences of former and present dockyard skilled tradesmen and their sense of work identity and occupational community. George is currently working on a paper entitled ‘‘Craft & Career: Shipwrights in the Royal Dockyards, Chatham, Kent’ to European Social Science History conference in Vienna, 2014. This paper explores the importance of ‘craft’ both as Historically Shipwrights were among the earliest artisans to construct craft guilds, but also as a continued and re-interpreted theme contemporary shipwrights used to give meaning to their evolving careers and lives after dockyard work.
Anna Bowman (MA, AMA) is an experienced museum curator who joined the department in April as Naval Heritage Archivist, seconded to HMS Warrior 1860 as the ship’s Archivist. Her central role on the ship is to manage the collections, assist with the interpretation and presentation of the Ship and its history and provide greater access to the collections, particularly for research purposes. Anna will also be working on the digitisation of the collection. Anna is an established museum professional who has managed a variety of collections both here in Portsmouth and in her home county of Yorkshire. Her specific expertise is Collection and Volunteer management and Museum accreditation. As District Museum Officer for the Craven District she managed the three museums, including collections management and a programme of exhibition and events. Her most recent role was the West Yorkshire Textile project, evaluating the importance of the textile collections and ensuring greater accessibility to them for visitors, researchers and Universities. As part of the project team, Anna will be working on the new MA Naval History programme at the University, facilitating access to HMS Warrior’s Archives and museum collections at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
Cathryn Pearce is a Part-time Lecturer for the MA Naval History programme. She also currently teaches maritime history at the University of Greenwich, and was formerly an Associate Professor of History at University of Alaska Anchorage. Her research focuses on coastal communities responses to shipwrecks on their shores during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. She is author of Cornish Wrecking: Reality and Popular Myth, 1700-1860 (2010), and she has contributed to BBC television programmes such as Timewatch: The Wreckers and Timeshift: Shipwrecks, as well as BBC Radio 4’s ‘Making History’ programme. In her spare time, Cathryn is secretary of the Publications Committee for the Society for Nautical Research (SNR), on SNR’s Council and she serves on the editorial board of the SNR’s INT-1 journal, The Mariner’s Mirror. She is also a Trustee of the British Commission for Maritime History, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a member of the Navy Records Society.
Cathryn’s current research focuses on the history of lifesaving and coastal communities, with particular emphasis on the role of the Shipwrecked Fishermen and Mariners’ Royal Benevolent Society, founded by some of the most important naval officers of the nineteenth century.
See a selection of Cathryn’s publications here
Follow Cathryn @CathrynPearce