Brad Beaven’s inaugural lecture as Professor of Social and Cultural History, University of Portsmouth, took place on Wednesday 29 March 2017.
In his well-received lecture, Beaven argued that the cultural life of port towns has largely remained a hidden history due to the focus of conventional histories of ports on their global and imperial networks. In this talk, Brad Beaven explored these liminal urban spaces and the communities and sailors who lived in them. He revealed an urban district that was unconventional and often cosmopolitan, and one which visitors found both exotic and dangerous.
You can read the inaugural lecture as published here: Inaugural lecture Exploring Sailortown Civic culture, slums and scandal in 19th century Britain
The Port Towns and Urban Cultures group is dedicated to furthering our understanding of the social and cultural impact of life in port towns from the eighteenth century to the modern period. Find out more.