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London’s Sailortown, 1600-1800

Guest writers Derek Morris and Ken Cozens tell us about how their in-depth studies of East London have led to over ten years of research and four ground-breaking books. Dr Richard Blakemore in 2014 observed that “The riverside parishes of eastern London and the lower Thames were home to the largest maritime community in Britain from […]

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Portsmouth Landladies and Care for Naval Casualties in Late Stuart England

Portsmouth women played a major role in the care of sick and injured Royal Navy sailors during the seventeenth century. Women’s importance to naval health care became, paradoxically, a reason to justify an important shift: from care in private homes to care in private naval hospitals. From about 1650, naval health care in England operated […]

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The Coastal History Blog 30: “Maritime Heritage and Social Justice”

In May, I participated in a conference in Bordeaux, Self, other and elsewhere: Images and imaginaries of the port cities of Atlantic and Mediterranean Europe (1700-present).  [1] One particularly animated panel on the second day, “The taboo of the trade,” concerned how French ports such as Nantes and Bordeaux itself were coming to terms with […]

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