GMC Featured Artist’s Exhibition: Lizzie Cannon ‘Liminal Matter’

We are very proud to announce the details of artist Lizzie Cannon’s new exhibition at the University of Greenwich, Greenwich Maritime Centre.


L I Z Z I E  C A N N O N

L i m i n a l  M a t t e r


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Lizzie Cannon

‘In Transition’ (2015-17)

Found object, hand embroidery with beads and polyester thread

185 x 95 x 90 cm


Download the ‘Liminal Matter’ PDF here


An Exhibition held in association with Greenwich Maritime Centre and Totally Thames

31st August – 9th September

Opening Reception Wed 30th Aug

6.00-9.00 pm (Artist’s Tour at 7.00 pm)

Please RSVP to


Heritage Gallery

University of Greenwich


For opening hours, directions and to book events visit


Events include:

Reading Group

Researchers Discussion Group (contact

River Yarns: A sewing circle and storytelling event

Engine Chat Chat (Artist’s Crit)


This event is kindly supported by Arts Council England National Lottery funding and is part of Totally Thames 2017 that runs from 1-30 September

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“An optimist’s guide to managing ecosystem services”

Keynote Lecture Series: “An optimist’s guide to managing ecosystem services”

Wednesday, 6th September 2017 – 17:30 to 20:30
The Edinburgh Room (QA075)
Queen Anne Court
University of Greenwich
30 Park Row
SE10 9LS

This Valuing Nature Keynote Lecture will be given by Tom Oliver, Associate Professor in Landscape Ecology at the University of Reading. This 45 minute lecture will be followed by a panel discussion, Q&A and light refreshments. Members of the panel are Georgina Mace, Michael Winter, Charles Godfray and Rob Fish.

Please find more information here: 

Lecture Abstract

“Traditional conservation based on moral imperatives hasn’t worked. The new paradigm in conservation is to engage, rather than shun, the neoliberal market system by quantitatively integrating the value of nature into economic decision making.  Ecosystem services provided by nature are measured and this information is brought to bear on land use decisions, increasingly through monetary valuation”. We might think that this is a rational, pragmatic approach to conservation, compared to the naive optimism of ‘traditional’ approaches. Yet, is it equally idealistic? For example, how do we pick and prioritise which ecosystem services we want in a given location? How do we measure all the services that are important for society, not just a select few that are more amenable to measurement? How can we value and plan for the resilience of ecosystem services under environmental perturbations (e.g. extreme weather events, disease outbreaks etc.) that are likely to occur in the future? In this lively presentation, I will use selected scientific examples to make the case that seeking solely a quantitative economic approach to ecosystem service management is naïve and unrealistic. A reality check is needed, because whilst the advancement of quantitative accounting and valuation methodologies is still necessary, there is an urgent need to look towards more systemic and transdisciplinary approaches if we are to safeguard essential biodiversity and ecosystem services under accelerating global change in the Anthropocene.


Kent Maritime Place-names & Sea Shanties and Fo’c’sle Songs

Kent Maritime Place-names

followed by

Sea Shanties and Fo’c’sle Songs

Paul Cullen, English Place-Name Society

 Canterbury Library

18 High Street, Canterbury CT1 2RA

Saturday, 19 August 2017 at 2pm

To book, call 03000 41 64 38 or email

Admission fee: £5

Flyer: Paul Cullen 19 Aug Canterbury talk

Kent History and Library Centre: KHLC talks leaflet 2017


TITANIC: Memorialization and Memory

Caird Library Research Seminars Programme 2017

A series of seminars convened by the Greenwich Maritime Centre and the National Maritime Museum

25th September

Richard Coltman

Doctoral Student, Greenwich Maritime Centre

TITANIC: Memorialization and Memory

This seminar looks at the memorialization of probably the most famous merchant-ship loss, RMS Titanic. However, the research undertaken for the speaker’s PhD shows that differing groups were remembered at different times, some with public support, others only after private initiatives. This session highlights not just who we choose to remember but also how and when.

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GMC’s New Visiting Professor

The Greenwich Maritime Centre is extremely proud to announce we have a new Visiting Professor:


Prof Stephen Fletcher is the Head of Marine Programme at the United National Environment Programme – World Conservation Monitoring Centre, UK – leading a team of marine scientists and policy specialists who provide expert marine analysis and policy support to the global community; as well as being a member of the UN International Resource Panel and Professor of Marine Policy at Plymouth University, UK.

Steve is an interdisciplinary marine scientist who has worked in the coastal and marine science-policy sector for the last 15 years. Steve is an expert in marine spatial planning, marine protected areas, economic aspects on marine management, marine policy analysis, and coastal and marine resource assessment and management. Steve has a track record of securing and leading large international projects focused on the use and management of marine and coastal resources in coastal zones, Exclusive Economic Zones and Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction.

Steve is a member of several global Steering Committees and Advisory Groups, including the Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative, Group of Experts on Scientific Aspects of Marine Protection, the Global Coral Reef Partnership and the Global Island Partnership. Steve’s research has been widely published in the principal sector journals, with over 85 peer-reviewed papers and reports focused on marine science and policy, and has been an invited speaker at numerous national and global events.

You can follow Steve on Twitter: @drsfletcher

Seminar at National Maritime Museum: “Skidoos, snowshoes and climate change: curating ‘Polar Worlds'”

Dear all,

The next Card Library Seminar will be held on the 31st July at the National Maritime Museum

“Skidoos, snowshoes and climate change: curating ‘Polar Worlds'”

Jeremy Mitchell
Historic Photographs and Ships Plans Manager
Claire Warrior
Senior Exhibitions Interpretation Curator

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