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.