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Sailor with a lion cub (Courtesy of Brain Witts, Curator of the HMS Excellent collection)

The Sailor Zoo and Farm in Portsmouth: Re-enchantment and Necessity (Part 1 of 2)

In 1832 the Fourth Sea Lord of the Admiralty suggested there was a need for ‘theoretical instruction’ in gunnery. Thus what had been previously considered an art became a science.[1] Marine artillery embraced the science and technology of the age, and this modernisation of gunnery was aligned with a transition from sail to steam ships. […]

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CfP: Social Dynamics in Atlantic Ports, XIVth-XXIst Centuries

VIth International Colloquium of the Governance of the Atlantic Ports (XIVth-XXIst Centuries) Oostende, Belgium, 24-26 April 2019 Ports were the main nodes in the network that framed the Atlantic world since the XVIth century. They were the focus of commercial life, maritime activities and financial life. These activities created specific social dynamics which characterized port […]

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The Coastal History Blog 45: Crime Alley? Port Cities and Batman’s Gotham

I’m delighted to introduce our seventh guest post, by Madison Heslop.  She is a PhD candidate in History at the University of Washington.  While there is a well-known and rich literature on “the idea of the city” or “the image of the city,” there’s a surprising shortage of smart, thoughtful pieces on where waterfronts and […]

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View from inside the 'Hot Walls' fortifications in Old Portsmouth.

PTUC Filming

The sun was shining in Portsmouth today, and provided the perfect conditions for our Port Towns filming! We have commissioned a series of short vignettes which will introduce our research and projects. Keep a look out for their launch on the website later this year! In the interim, here is a short report on the […]

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