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Freetown, Sierra Leone, 1856

CFP: ‘Myriad Materialities: Towards a New Global Writing of Colonial Ports and Port Cities,’ Berlin 10-11 July 2020

Myriad Materialities is a two-day conference organised by the Colonial Ports and Global History (CPAGH) Network at TORCH, The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, and the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. It will be held at the Ethnologisches Museum Berlin on 10 and 11 July 2020. This interdisciplinary conference draws attention to the materialities ‘beyond […]

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CFP: Post/Colonial Ports : Place and Nonplace in the Ecotone

Post/Colonial Ports : Place and Nonplace in the Ecotone Concordia University, Montreal, Canada October 24-26, 2019 Conference #6 in the Ecotone series In partnership with EMMA (Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3), MIGRINTER (CNRS-Université de Poitiers) and La Maison Française d’Oxford Deadline for submitting proposals: April 5, 2019 After conferences in Montpellier, Poitiers and La Réunion (France, 2015, 2016 […]

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Boat Building at Bridport Harbour, c.19th Century.
By Permission of Bridport Town Council

The Naval History Blog: No. 8

Why maritime history matters: Maritime highways – A personal journey. In his Pulitzer Prize winning book aptly titled The Prize, Daniel Yergin quotes Admiral ‘Jacky’ Fisher as telling Winston Churchill, on the latter’s appointment to First Lord of the Admiralty in September 1911, ‘east of Suez oil is cheaper than coal.’[1] It later became clear […]

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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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