6th November – PTUC’s Dr Rob James will be giving a paper entitled “If there’s one man that I admire, that man’s a British tar”: The Navy, Identity and Leisure in Early-Twentieth Century Britain,” at the Greenwich Maritime Institute.
GMI Research Seminar Series 2013–146th November – PTUC’s Dr Mike Esbester will be giving a free public lecture: “Do it the Safety Way! 100 years of Accident Prevention” at the University of Portsmouth. Tickets from: http://100yearsofsafety-eorg.eventbrite.co.uk/14th November – PTUC’s Dr Mike Esbester free public film screenings: “Danger on film! Railway safety films, 1938-today” at the Phoenix Picture House, Oxford.
18th November – PTUC’s Dr Mike Esbester free public film screenings: “Danger on film! Railway safety films, 1938-today” at the University of Portsmouth. http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/775376471919th November – Dr Victoria Carolan (Greenwich Maritime Institute, University of Greenwich) will be giving a paper entitled “The silent service on the silent screen: the ‘Cult of the Navy’ and early cinema.” IHR British Maritime History Seminar Series. http://www.history.ac.uk/events/seminars/10922nd November – Maritime History, Arts and Myths at the University of Helsinki. Keynote lectures by Dr Cathryn Pearce (Greenwich Maritime Institute), “Jibber the Kibber, Pirate Wreckers and False Lights: Wrecking in Cornish Folklore”, and Dr Victoria Carolan (Greenwich Maritime Institute), “The silent service on the silent screen: the ‘Cult of the Navy’ and early cinema.”
27th November – Film screening of “From the Land to the Sea Beyond” composed from over 100 years of footage drawn from the BFI National Film Archive, the film is a portrait of Britain’s unique coastline and the role it plays in our lives. Square Tower, Old Portsmouth 8pm – £3. http://www.portsmouthfilmsociety.org.uk/December 2013
PTUC’s Chris Spackman’s research on the Boy’s Brigade will be published in their newsletter.
3rd December – Steven Gray (University of Warwick) will be giving a paper entitled “The Culture of Coaling Stations: tourism, entertainment and interactions at British naval coaling stations.” IHR British Maritime History Seminar Series. http://www.history.ac.uk/events/seminars/10911th December – Dr David Morgan-Owen will be giving a paper entitled “The invasion question: Admiralty plans to defence the British Isles 1888-1918.” National Museum of the Royal Navy Research Programme, Portsmouth. http://www.nmrn.org.uk/sites/default/files/Research%20Programme%20leaflet%202013-2014.pdf17th December – Melanie Vandenbrouck (National Maritime Museum) will be giving a paper entitled “Cartel and contra cartel: the politics surrounding prisoners of war, 1793-1815.” IHR British Maritime History Seminar Series. http://www.history.ac.uk/events/seminars/109January 20148th January – Dr Jo Stanley (Lancaster University) will be giving a paper entitled “Grog, darning and gendered un/welcomes: WRNS and QARNNS on WW2 warships.” National Museum of the Royal Navy Research Programme, Portsmouth. http://www.nmrn.org.uk/sites/default/files/Research%20Programme%20leaflet%202013-2014.pdf14th January – Elin Jones (Queen Mary, University of London) will be giving a paper entitled “Masculinity, space, and the eighteenth-century Royal Naval ship.” IHR British Maritime History Seminar Series. http://www.history.ac.uk/events/seminars/10928th January – Bob Sutcliffe (Greenwich Maritime Institute, University of Greenwich) will be giving a paper entitled “’The artist in me survived’: John Kingsley Cook and serving in the merchant navy during WWII.” IHR British Maritime History Seminar Series. http://www.history.ac.uk/events/seminars/10929th January – PTUC’s Daniel Swan will be giving a paper at the Portsmouth Gender Network based on his research into women workers in the Second World War in Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight.
30th January to 1st February – The “Health and Welfare of Seafarers: Past, Present and Prospects.” International and interdisciplinary conference, University of Hull. PTUC’s Brad Beaven will be giving a paper entitled “Saving Souls in the ‘Devil’s Acre’: Sailor Missions in Portsmouth, c.1850-1914.”
February 201411th February – William Hasty (University of Edinburgh) will be giving a paper entitled “The Admiralty’s ‘Anywhere Court’: prosecuting and punishing pirates in the early-eighteenth century.” IHR British Maritime History Seminar Series. http://www.history.ac.uk/events/seminars/10912th February – R. Hammond (University of Portsmouth) will be giving a paper entitled “Demonizing the Fleet? British perceptions of the Italian Navy since 1940.” National Museum of the Royal Navy Research Programme, Portsmouth. http://www.nmrn.org.uk/sites/default/files/Research%20Programme%20leaflet%202013-2014.pdf22nd February – A one-day conference on ‘Public Drinking in the Nineteenth Century’ held at The University of Bristol’s Centre for Romantic and Victorian Studieshttp://www.bristol.ac.uk/crvs/events/publicdrinking/21st – 22nd February, 8th Annual Conference PSA Sport and Politics Study Group held at Liverpool John Moores University, ‘Sports and the Politics of Exclusion’ further information can be found here http://http://www.sportpolitics.net/25.html25th February – Samuel Robinson (University of Manchester) will be giving a paper entitled “Hidden Depths: the civilian shaping of military oceanography during the early Cold War.” IHR British Maritime History Seminar Series. http://www.history.ac.uk/events/seminars/109March 201411th March – PTUC’s Dr Brad Beaven (University of Portsmouth) will be giving a paper entitled “Searching for Sailortown: naval towns and urban cultures, c.1820 to 1914.” IHR British Maritime History Seminar Series. http://www.history.ac.uk/events/seminars/10912th March – D Bitner (US Marine Corps University) will be giving a paper entitled “The Professors of fortification, RNC Greenwich.” National Museum of the Royal Navy Research Programme, Portsmouth. http://www.nmrn.org.uk/sites/default/files/Research%20Programme%20leaflet%202013-2014.pdf25th March – Roger Knight (University of Greenwich) will be giving a paper entitled “The Lord High Admiral and the demise of the Navy Board: the battle for control of the Navy, 1801-1832.” IHR British Maritime History Seminar Series. http://www.history.ac.uk/events/seminars/10926th – 28th March – 2014 World History Symposium “Port Cities in World History” hosted by Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona. http://thewha.org/files/conference_2014/2014-Barcelona-Symposium-Information.pdf29th March – Naval Dockyards Society Annual Conference see event postApril 201411th – 12th April – Naval and Maritime Power in Two World Wars: Contemporary Relevance and Historical Importance Conference held at Greenwich Maritime Institute: University of Greenwich. http://www2.gre.ac.uk/about/schools/gmi/about/events/lectures/naval-and-maritime-power-conference also see events post25th – 26th April – British Commission for Maritime History New Researchers’ Conference held at The Royal Naval Museum, Portsmouth. The conference is for students, independent researchers, and those employed in museums, archives, etc., who wish to enter and share their work with a supportive research community. http://http://www.maritimehistory.org.uk/new-researchers/May 20141st May – Siobhan Talbott, (University of Manchester) will be giving a paper entitled “Commerce, Communities and Networks: Britain and the Atlantic World, 1603-1763.” The British Commission for Maritime History, King’s Maritime History Seminars, 2013 -14 http://www.britishnavalhistory.com/kings-maritime-history-seminars-2013-14/7th May – 4th Mediterranean Maritime History Network Conference organised by the Mediterranean Maritime History Network held at Museu Maritim de Barcelona http://http://www.um.edu.mt/events/mmhn 8th – 10th May – Sixth Swedish Historians Meeting held in Stockholm. PTUC’s Brad Beaven and Louise Moon alongside colleagues at the University of Gothenburg will be delivering a session panel entitled “Work, leisure and living” – Mapping the Port Town, c. 1800-1950. Brad’s paper is entitled, “Mapping the Otherness of Sailortown: Seamen Missionaries and the creation of the Devil’s Acre in the Victorian Imagination,” and Louise’s paper is entitled, “Sailorhoods – Enumerating Otherness in Portsmouth c.1850 – 1900.” http://www.historia.su.se/om-oss/evenemang/svenska-historikerm%C3%B6tet-201410th May – ‘Uncapable of her freedom’: Trading as a woman in the late 17th-Century City of London. Women’s Studies Group 1558 – 1837 Annual Workshop, Senate House. Keynote speaker: Laura Gowing, Kings College London. http://www.womensstudiesgroup.org.uk12th May – “British Waters and Beyond: The cultural significance of the sea since 1800”, Bristol. A one-day, interdisciplinary symposium organised by The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, in partnership with Oxford Brookes University and Leeds Metropolitan University. http://www.rwa.org.uk/whats-on/events/2013/10/symposium/14th May – Lorna Campbell and Heather Noel-Smith (Independent Scholars) will be giving a paper entitled “Faithful and attached companions: Sir Edward Pellew and the Young Gentlemen of HMS Indefatigable.” National Museum of the Royal Navy Research Programme, Portsmouth. http://www.nmrn.org.uk/sites/default/files/Research%20Programme%20leaflet%202013-2014.pdf15th May – PTUC’s Dr Brad Beaven (University of Portsmouth) will be giving a paper entitled “Jack Tar Ashore: Sailor and civilian relations in Naval Towns c.1820 to 1914.” The British Commission for Maritime History, King’s Maritime History Seminars, 2013-14. http://www.britishnavalhistory.com/kings-maritime-history-seminars-2013-14/ 29th May – Conference: Urban Ritual and Ceremony in Pre-Modern Europe, c.1300-c.1700. University of Northumbria. To register email email@example.comJune 20147th June – Conflicted Cities 1880 – 1930: Between imperial and proto-national, Centre for contemporary Irish History, Trinity College Dublin.http://conflictedcities.wordpress.com/11th June – Andrew Baines (NMRN) will be giving a paper entitled “HMS Victory: deconstructing the myth. Repairs and alterations during Victory’s harbour service period.” National Museum of the Royal Navy Research Programme, Portsmouth. http://www.nmrn.org.uk/sites/default/files/Research%20Programme%20leaflet%202013-2014.pdf14th June – BSSH South Sport and Leisure History Network: South Central Branch – Summer 2014 Workshop, Winchester University. see http://events.history.ac.uk/event/show/12837 for more details
19th – 20th June –“The Politics of Protection: The Royal Navy and the Atlantic World, 1756-1815.” Conference at the National Museum of the Royal Navy in partnership with the University of Southampton. http://www.nmrn.org.uk/sites/default/files/Research%20Programme%20leaflet%202013-2014.pdf19th – 20th June – The Inaugural Conference for the Imperial and Global History Network held at The University of Exeterhttp://http://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/history/research/groups/imperialandglobal/network/July 2014
“Lest We Forget” – Opening of Portsmouth City Museum’s First World War Centenary Commemorative Exhibition. The exhibition has been part-funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and will have considerable input from the Port Towns and Urban Cultures team and students from the University of Portsmouth.
7th – 10th July – Transatlantic Studies Association – 13th Annual Conference held at the Universiteit Gent http://www.transatlanticstudies.com/16th – 18th July – “The Anglo-German Naval Arms Race and the First World War at Sea.” Conference at the National Museum of the Royal Navy. http://www.nmrn.org.uk/sites/default/files/Research%20Programme%20leaflet%202013-2014.pdfAugust 201428th- 30th August – Silver Sea to Silver Screen: Maritime History and the Moving Image Conference at the University of Greenwich http://http://www2.gre.ac.uk/about/schools/gmi/about/events/lectures/silver-sea-to-silver-screen-conferenceSeptember 20143rd-6th September – European Association for Urban History Conference 2014, Lisbon, Portugal, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa. http://www.eauh2014.fcsh.unl.pt/index.php?conference=conference&schedConf=eauh20145th September – Conference: Who burnt whose captial? The Royal Navy and winning the War of 1812. National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth. Who burnt whose capital CFP11th – 12th September – Vectors: Port Cities as Gateways and Channels 2015 Annual Conference, Centre for Port & Maritime History, Liverpoolhttp://portcitylives.wordpress.com/October 201415th – 16th October -Victorian Cities Revisited: Heritage and History Conference, Tees Transporter Bridge Visitor Experience Project, Middlesborough. View CFP: VICTORIAN CITIES REVISITED29th October – 1st November – Heritages and Memories from the Sea, University of Évora, November 201428th – 29th November – Charles Dibdin and his World, London Centre of the University of Notre Dame, for further details click hereJanuary 201526th January – PTUC’s Dr Rob James will be giving a talk on Patriotism, Pathos and Pride: Interwar Cinema-going in the Naval Port Town of Portsmouth for the London Branch of BBSH South at the IHR – for further info click here 28th January – PTUC’s Dr Mathias Seiter will be giving a talk on Sailors at Play in Imperial Germany at the University of Chester – further info hereMarch 201520th – 21st March – London and the First World War, Institute of Historical Research (University of London) and Imperial War Museums , click here for further details
31st March – Recording Leisure Lives: Places and Spaces of Leisure in 20th-Century Britain, Mass Observation Archive, Brighton 31st March – 2nd April – Social History Conference held at the University of Portsmouth, further info here with papers from PTUC members, Simon Smith, looking at the Royal Navy and pageantry, Chris Spackman exploring the boys’ brigade and camping and Daniel Swan discussing women workers in Portsmouth during WWII.
April 201510th – 11th April – British Commission for Maritime History New Researcher’s Conference, held at the University of Greenwich with PTUC’s Louise Moon giving a paper on Sailors Ashore in the Port of Portsmouth.
11th- 12th April – Beyond Borders: The Practice of Atlantic, Transnational, and World History, Department of History, World History Center, University of Pittsburgh, for further details click here17th – 18th April – Statesmen & Seapower Conference, held at the National Museum of the Royal Navy, click here for more details
25th April – The Royal Dockyards and the Pressures of Global War, 1793–1815, Naval Dockyards Society Conference, held at the National Maritime Museum Greenwich,
May 20155th May, PTUC’s Louise Moon will be giving a talk at the University of Hull, on sailors and the streets of sailortown in Portsmouth in the mid-late Victorian period.
9th – 10th May, Victory 250: ‘The Old Wooden Walls of England’ – Building the Sailing Navy, National Museum of the Royal Navy, further details can be found here14th – 15th May, The Global City, Past and Present: Space, held at the University of St Andrews, click here for details
June 20158th June – PTUC’s Chris Spackman will be giving a talk entitled ‘A Break from the Regular Programme? Re-assessing the Lived Experience of a Boys’ Brigade Camp, c.1886–1936’ at the Institute of Historical Research as part of the The Sport and Leisure History Seminar series for the BSSH South Sport and Leisure History Network, further details here 8th – 12th June – Connected Oceans: New Avenues of Research in Oceans History held at Faculty of Arts, University of Porto, further details here13th June – BSSHSouth and Port Towns & Urban Cultures Project will he hosting the Summer Workshop 2015: Leisure and Coasts, Ports and Waterways, at the University of Portsmouth, for more info click here26th – 28th June – First International Conference on the Military History of the Mediterranean Sea, held at Department of History, Fatih University, Turkey, for further info click hereJuly 20153rd July – Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: Celebration of the Sea at the Marina Theatre, Lowestoft, further info hereSeptember 20155th September – Napoleon and Plymouth, 1815-2015, University of Plymouth, further details here11th – 12th September – Whose Regional and Local Histories? Centre for Regional and Local History (CRLHR), Teesside University , info here 13th September – The Carceral Archipelago: Transnational Circulations in Global Perspective, 1415-1960. This conference will bring together historians and associated researchers of penal settlements and colonies from all over the world, during the period from Portugal’s first use of convicts in North Africa to the closure of Stalin’s gulags, University of Leicester, details here18th-19th September – The Centre for Port and Maritime History Annual Conference 2015, The Environmental Histories of Ports and Ocean Trade, will take place in Liverpool, full details hereOctober 201516th October – ‘A Safe Place for Ships’: The Second Annual Irish Maritime History Conference, School of History, University College, Cork, info here17th October – British Power in the Age of Napoleon. In this two hundredth anniversary of the end of the Napoleonic Wars, this one day conference will seek to examine some of the factors behind British power during this epoch, School of History, University of East Anglia, details here24th October – Water in Anglo-Saxon England. Water is both a practical and symbolic element in the Anglo-Saxon world. Whether a drop blessed by saintly relics or a river flowing to the sea, water formed part of the natural landscape, religious lives, cultural expressions, and physical needs of early medieval men and women. This one-day colloquium seeks to broaden our understanding of overlapping secular and sacred qualities of water in the Anglo-Saxon world (c. 400–c. 1100) from the perspective of multiple disciplines, Institute of Historical Research, full details hereNovember 2015
13th -14th November – PTUC’s Steven Gray will be giving a paper at the Maritime Trade, Travel and Cultural Encounter in The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries: Global and Regional Perspectives Conference, held at the Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation (WISE), University of Hull details here17th November – PTUC’s Louise Moon will be giving a talk at the University of Southampton on ‘Sailortown and the Streets in the Port of Portsmouth c.1850 – 1900.’
December 20155th December – BSSH South Sport and Leisure History Network Winter 2015 Workshop: ‘Sport, Leisure and Visual Culture,’ University of Chichester, details here14th December – New Directions in Imperial Labour History. The European Labour History Network will be hosting its first conference in December 2015 at the University of Turin. The aim of the Network is to connect scholars working in the various sub-fields associated with labour history, one of which is imperial labour history, further info hereJanuary 201621st – 23rd January – Cultural Encounters during Global War, 1914-1918: Traces, Spaces, Legacies, King’s College London. This interdisciplinary conference seeks to investigate the different kinds of encounters, exchanges and entanglements happening during wartime. The conference aims to overcome the dominant national and geographical approaches to the First World War and seeks to investigate moments and processes of cultural encounters, exchange, porosity and (mis-)understanding from different disciplinary perspectives, including history, geography, literature, anthropology, cultural, area, visual and gender studies. Full details hereFebruary 201627th February – The First World War: Commemoration and Memory, Imperial War Museum North. The centenary anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War has initiated a wave of commemorative activities which impact on how the conflict is understood and remembered. This marks the latest phase in processes which began while the war was underway and which have been fought and re-fought in the intervening century. It aims to embrace analysis of the multiplicities of war experiences and their representations (including those that have been neglected, under-represented and forgotten), further exploring international, national, regional and local trends and variations, info hereMarch 201612th – 13th March – PTUC’s Steven Gray will be giving a talk at the Weymouth Leviathan Maritime Literary Festival, further details here22nd March – Recording Leisure Lives: Deviant, Delinquent and Degenerate Leisure in 20th Century Britain, Centre for Worktown Studies, University of Bolton, full details here31st March – 2nd April – Firths and Fjords: A Coastal History Conference, The Centre for History, University of the Highlands and Islands. This conference will explore the pasts of communities living near or along adjacent coastlines: firths, sea lochs, fjords, estuaries, inlets, sounds, narrow gulfs and bays could all be discussed. Using the Moray Firth region of northern Scotland as a starting point, the conference will look to land and sea and to the rural and the urban, to address the way people have both influenced and been brought together by these kinds of environmental features, during the medieval, early modern and modern periods, full details hereFor Upcoming Events click here
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