Kent History and Library Centre: New exhibition!

We would like to bring to your attention to a free exhibition opening in August at the Kent History and Library Centre:

Bawleys, Barbels and Owlers

Life along the Kent coast

Please take a look at the poster Exhibition Poster.

And for more information visit their website:

Hope to see you there!



The Greenwich Maritime Centre will be contributing to the Department of History, Politics and Social Science DISCFEST Festival at the University of Greenwich next week. There will be talks by members of the GMC including Tim Acott, Adriana Ford, Cathryn Pearce and Chris Ware.

Download the flyer below:


And for more information and a timetable of events please visit:

Where you can also register – it’s free!

Keep up to date with the latest news from HPSS on their Twitter account: 

We look forward to seeing you there.


CALL FOR PAPERS – The State of Maritime History Research


University of Greenwich, 9 September 2017

Over the past few decades there has been significant debate as to the place and shape of maritime history. In January 2008, the Council of the American Historical Association approved unanimously to add ‘Maritime, including Naval’ to its taxonomy of academic specialties. But since then, it has been suggested that the field has been marginalised.  Or does the growth of new areas of interest – such as the study of port towns, the ‘Atlantic World,’ Coastal History, and the role of gender in maritime history – suggest a flourishing, if more diverse, environment? What is the state of health in other research-orientated maritime activities such as public history and heritage?

The Greenwich Maritime Centre and the Society for Nautical Research are excited to announce a major conference to be held at the University of Greenwich to consider these questions. The conference will bring together key contributors from within the broad field of maritime history, as well as those who write on maritime and coastal topics, but do not consider themselves maritime historians. Papers and key discussion points will be published in hard copy and/or online by the Society of Nautical Research.

Proposals are invited for papers on any of the following aspects, or on other related and relevant themes. The principal criterion for acceptance will be the extent to which a paper provides a broad overview of the current situation in a specific field, and of the prospects for the future, rather than narrow, descriptive accounts of a particular period of history or historic ship (to give two examples).

  • The study of maritime history in the university and school sectors
  • The state of maritime research in particular geographical regions and countries
  • The state of particular sub-disciplines within maritime history and research, e.g. naval history, nautical archaeology, port towns, coastal studies
  • The health of the maritime museums sector, and current and future challenges for it
  • The state of the historic ships and craft sector
  • ‘Sea blindness’: fact or fiction?

Proposals of 500 words, together with a short biography of no more than 150 words, should be submitted by 1 June 2017  to

NB: There will be a nominal fee of £25 for the conference. Please book  at, registration will open on 1 June 2017.

Free Public Talk: Raphael Samuel History Centre, History & Environment/Water and the Sea Series

Free Public TalkRaphael Samuel History Centre, History & Environment/Water and the Sea Series

Stephen Mosley (Leeds Beckett University) will be talking about ‘Blue and Green: Coastal Cities and Environmental History’

Download Flyer Here

Date: Thursday 25 May 2017   Time: 6.00pm

Venue: University of Greenwich, Room KW002, King William Court, Old Royal Naval College, Park Row London SE10 9LS. 

Web address for event: Eventbrite at

This talk explores the complex environmental relationships of coastal cities with the sea. Using examples of different types of coastal cities, it surveys how growing urbanisation, trade, industrialisation and tourism impacted on shorelines and the sea over time. It asks how communities have adapted to the challenges and risks of living in coastal cities and offers some suggestions for further research.

Stephen Mosley is an environmental historian based at Leeds Beckett University

These free public talks are organized by the Raphael Samuel History Centre ( and the University of Greenwich (Dept of History, Politics and Social Sciences & Greenwich Maritime Centre). To find out more about the RSHC History and Environment talks in general, please contact George Yerby ( For more information on these Greenwich RSHC seminars, please contact: Vanessa Taylor (

Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta

Last week saw the arrival of the Tall Ships festival in Greenwich. The University of Greenwich hosted a stand at the festival, held within our campus at the Old Royal Naval College, and here are a few photographs.

You can find out more information about the Tall Ships Festival here.

Wellington Trust’s temporary exhibition: Abandon Ship!

The Wellington Trust is a charity established to support the historic ship, the HQS Wellington, moored on the Thames since 1948. With a focus on the history of the Merchant Navy and plans to develop the existing collections into a formal museum, the Trust has been presenting temporary exhibitions for the past few years. It has been awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop an exhibition and events programme between May and November 2017, exploring the experiences of Merchant Navy sailors in the First & Second World Wars.

There are a range of roles on the Wellington Trust’s temporary exhibition, Abandon Ship!, which is currently in development. There are opportunities to research and write exhibition texts, to present mini lectures, or be involved in stewarding the exhibition or developing informal learning workshops and events.

This opportunity would be particularly suitable for students with an interest in maritime history, heritage engagement, and museum studies.

Click here for more details: Abandon Ship


Caird Library Research Seminars Programme 2017
A series of seminars convened by the Greenwich Maritime Centre and the National Maritime Museum

27th MARCH

Anna McKay
Collaborative Doctoral Partnership PhD student


The history of British prison hulks has been largely overlooked, despite the fact that they housed two types of inmate; prisoners of war and convicts. Furthermore, their image as ‘hell on water’ has undermined our understanding of these floating prisons as lived experiences. With reference to NMM collections, this paper will examine regime, defiance and productivity on board the hulks, ultimately restoring the lives of prisoners to their complex history.