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Mapping the Waterfront: Life, Heritage and Visualization of the Port City

Department of Historical Studies, Gothenburg University, Sweden, 9th September 2014 A recent workshop by the Universities of Gothenburg and Portsmouth brought together academics, archivists and heritage professionals to discuss the methodologies, data and potential beneficiaries of mapping port towns. Dr Tomas Nilson and Dr Brad Beaven opened proceedings and explained that the history of port […]

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The Coastal History Blog 20: Contemplating Time and Tide in the Sailor’s Magazine

When nineteenth-century Britons stood facing the ocean, what did they think about? Did they rejoice in the healthy sea breezes? Fret about a French invasion? Did they daydream about travel, worry about stock market crashes, plot the conversion of unbelievers in far-flung colonies?  Or, watching the waves themselves, did they marvel at the scientific achievement […]

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The Coastal History Blog 12: “Women as Tavern Keepers”

Taverns and other drinking establishments occupy a privileged place in the iconography of ports and sailortowns.  Who could forget the free-and-easy multicultural egalitarianism of ALL-MAX, the East End dive immortalized by Pierce Egan? [1] In The Many-Headed Hydra, Marcus Rediker and Peter Linebaugh speculated about what sorts of conversations sailors, slaves, sex workers, and assorted […]

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BSSH Seminar: Uncharted Waters: Researching Sounds, Ships and Sailortowns

The British Society of Sports History, South of England Network, London Branch present their next History Seminar. Dr Catherine Tackley (Open University), will be giving a paper entitled ‘Uncharted Waters: Researching Sounds, Ships, and Sailortowns.’ The seminar will take place on Monday, 31st March at 5:15 pm, in Room STB8 in the basement of Stewart […]

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Tattoos, Tars and Sailortown Culture

Middle-England seemingly went into shock when it was announced that David Dimbleby, broadcaster and establishment figure par excellence had succumbed to having a tattoo. Although some time has now elapsed since Dimbleby’s tattoo made headline news, getting the tattoo whilst filming a documentary about ‘Britain and the Seas’ taps into something that time has not weakened. […]

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