About Melanie Bassett
Dr Melanie Bassett is a Faculty Research Fellow at the University of Portsmouth. She manages the PTUC website and social media outputs alongside undertaking her own research on port towns. Her PhD research, 'The Royal Dockyard Worker in Edwardian England: Culture, Leisure and Empire' re-examined the concept of a monolithic imperial identity and tracked the nuances of working-class imperialism. She has worked with Professor Brad Beaven on a number of WW1 projects, including 'Mapping the National Impact of the Jutland Battle: Civic and Community Responses during the First World War' and 'Lest We Forget' in partnership with Portsmouth City Museum, which culminated in a large-scale exhibition that commemorated the ways that Portsmouth and its people experienced the War.
Mel previously worked in museums and was employed at Portsmouth City Museum and the Royal Naval Museum.
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My Great Great Grandfather Michael Connolly was a Stoker on this ship. I wonder if he is one of the faces. He was in his late 30’s at the time. If anyone has any photos of him. I would love a copy. Thank you.
My Uncle Wilfred Sydney Dobson was a boy 1st Class on this ship. I have studied the faces but cannot tell whether he is among them. If anyone could tell me which one is him, or better still have a photo that would be fabulous. Thank you in advance.