Beyond the Porthole

Introducing Beyond The Porthole Podcast Team! 

PhD students from the University of Portsmouth, Daisy Turnbull, Charlotte Steffen and Suzanne Marie Taylor are embarking on an insightful new project looking ‘Beyond The Porthole’ at aspects of maritime and coastal culture in a brand new podcast series! 

Daisy, Charlotte and Suzanne are proud to announce the launch of the series. Find the first release of Beyond the Porthole on Soundcloud, Spotify and Podbean! Or follow this link:

Find out more about the series in the launch announcement here: Coming Soon – the Beyond The Porthole Podcast!



  1. When the Ship has Sailed – now LIVE!
  2. Crimes and Portside – now LIVE!
  3. Here Be Monsters – coming soon!
  4. Saving Lives at Sea – coming soon!
  5. The Best Boy Onboard – coming soon!
  6. Coast as Muse – coming soon!
  7. LIVE EVENT! The changing tides of maritime history – what is maritime history now? – coming soon!


But who are they and what are they researching? 

Daisy Turnbull is a PhD student of History on a split site project between the University of Portsmouth (UK) and the University of Halmstad (SE). Her current research focuses on coastal and maritime cultures of Britain and Sweden from 1700 to 1850, looking at ship wrecking on the North Sea coastline. She is a multidisciplinary scholar with degrees in both history and archaeology, and works in a digital and blue humanities format. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Archaeology, CAA-UK, Nautical Archaeological Society, the Coastal History network and the IHR’s History Lab as well as PTUC. Daisy’s passion for maritime heritage was first sparked at the Mary Rose Museum; she eventually went on to work for the museum for nearly four years and has taken on numerous public engagement roles within heritage organisations. Most recently she assisted in establishing a field museum and engagement programme for L-P: Archaeology at an archaeological site for the Hs2 project in Buckinghamshire that appeared on the BBC show Digging for Britain.

You can follow Daisy via Twitter @time_daisy or through her blog


Charlotte Steffen is a PhD Student at Portsmouth University who is researching Chinese students in Europe from the 1860s until the 1930s. Within her research she is particularly interested in the cross-cultural transfer of knowledge and its influence on the individual experience and impact on global culture. She holds a Bachelor’s in Liberal Arts and Sciences from Tilburg University and a Master in Art & Heritage: Policy, Management and Education from Maastricht University. 

Follow her on Twitter @Charlot_Stef


Picture credit: Robert Piwko

Suzanne Marie Taylor is from Vancouver, Canada where she studied theatre at Douglas  College. Upon moving to the United Kingdom, Suzanne co-wrote and starred in a comedy  sketch show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and completed further theatre training at the  London Academy of Performing Arts, where she received her Postgraduate Diploma in  Classical Acting. In 2001, Suzanne became an actress and dedicated volunteer at the  archaeological site of the 1587 Rose Playhouse on Bankside in London, raising awareness of  the historical and archaeological significance of the site, and interpreting the archaeological  remains of the Rose through performance. In 2018 Suzanne was nominated for the Mayor of  London’s “Unsung Heroic Women” special recognition award, and she continues to receive  numerous invitations to speak about the Rose for various universities and archaeological  societies such as Georgia State University in 2021, and the City of London Archaeological Society (COLAS) in 2021. Engaging with the archaeological remains of the Rose prompted  Suzanne’s desire to study archaeology. In 2019 Suzanne completed her Master of Arts degree in Archaeological Practice at Birkbeck, University of London, and she is currently a second year PhD student in the School of Art, Design and Performance at the University of Portsmouth. Suzanne’s current interdisciplinary research focuses on interpreting the archaeological remains of WW1 submarine chaser- motor launch (M.L.)286 through performance. Suzanne is a volunteer at Fulham Palace as well as a volunteer for the  seafarers’ charity- Stella Maris. Suzanne is a singer with the London Sea Shanty Collective and the University of Portsmouth choir, an actress with the Shake-scene Shakespeare Company, and an active member of the Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) and the City of  London Archaeological Society (COLAS). 

You can follow Suzanne via Twitter: @SuzanneMarie05 and on LinkedIn: Suzanne Marie Taylor.


Listen to their pilot episode to hear more about these ‘wave breaking’ researchers and to learn more about the upcoming podcast series!