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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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The Boys’ Brigade in Port Towns – Camping and the Case of Bristol c.1888-1920

  In 1888 the Boys’ Brigade in Scotland was prevalent in portside cities. Glasgow (93 Companies), Edinburgh (17), and Ayr (6) were home to the largest Battalions.[1]  When the movement became established south of the border this pattern was replicated.  By the end of the century London was the second largest area of strength nationally […]

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“We Were Proud of What We Did” – A Wren’s Reflections of Serving in a Port Town, 1939-1945

Analysis of Grace’s narrative reveals a number of striking features about her period of service in the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS) at Lee-on-Solent. She felt part of a clearly identifiable group, her uniform distinguished her from the other services and civilians and she felt proud of her part in the war effort. Grace therefore […]

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Coastal Approaches to Sailors and Sailortowns

Historiographical debates surrounding sailors and sailortowns, has often focussed heavily on Atlantic contexts and seldom have they been considered beyond this, with sailors and sailortowns often viewed as ‘separate’ to land.[1] However, new research has highlighted the extent to which sailors and sailortowns were as much a part of urban settings as they were maritime […]

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