Port Towns and Urban Cultures Conference – 25 to 27 July 2013


The increasing interest in ‘coastal and Atlantic histories’ have drawn historians’ attention to the importance of port towns. The waterfront was the intersection of maritime and urban space and the port town was often a unique site of cultural exchange that both reinforced and challenged local, national and imperial boundaries. The conference, organised by the University of Portsmouth and the National Museum of the Royal Navy and to be held in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard, will bring together scholars from around the globe who work on maritime and urban histories. View the full Conference Programme.

Read the PTUC Conference Report from the PTUC team.


This international conference will include papers on the Royal Navy in port towns, crime and disorder, sailor lives and families, identities, port towns as imagined spaces, and life and work in port towns. Book a place.

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The conference will be held over three days. Day one of the conference will be held at the National Museum of the Royal Navy (1), Portsmouth Historic Dockyard with a reception on HMS Victory (2). The second and third days will be held at the Royal Naval Club and Royal Albert Yacht Club (3), 17 Pembroke Road, Portsmouth.



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