Maritime Kent through the Ages

Maritime Kent through the Ages
Friday 22nd & Saturday 23rd June 2018

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This two day conference at Old Sessions House, Canterbury Christ Church University, Longport, Canterbury CT1 1PL, begins with a:

Free lecture 7pm on Friday by Richard Holdsworth MBE (Chatham Historic Dockyard), with wine reception at 6.30pm.

Followed by four plenary sessions on Saturday 10.00am – 5.00pm Tickets for Saturday available from:, or phone: 01227 782994 or buy online at Tickets for Saturday cost £18 (£16 KAS) or £10 (CCCU students).


Maritime Kent


CALL FOR PAPERS! Applied Data Science for Maritime Applications (ADSMA) 2018

Welcome to the first conference on Applied Data Science for Maritime Applications (ADSMA) 2018.

Data Science techniques are being applied to an increasing number of applications. ADSMA 2018 aims to identify the current state of the art of data science research for maritime applications leading to a new research agenda within the field. The event will bring together national and international representatives from academic and industry. In addition to sharing the latest advancements in the field, participants will also have great networking opportunities.

ADSMA 2018 will be hosted by the Greenwich Maritime Centre (GMC) at the University of Greenwich between 6th – 7th September and will be co-located with Society and the Sea 2018.

Important Dates:

  • Paper submission deadline: 16th April 2018
  • Notification of acceptance: 6th July 2018
  • Camera-Ready due: 27th July 2018

For more information and the links to submit papers:

Visby Maritime Symposium, 10 – 12 October 2018, Visby, Sweden.

Visby Maritime Symposium

International Merchant Shipping in the 21st century:
Social Science Perspectives on Opportunities and Challenges
10 – 12 October 2018, Visby, Sweden


The last few decades have seen a breath taking number of technological breakthroughs. These may change the work that people do in profound and unexpected ways. However, while much attention has been devoted to technological developments, the implications of new technologies for those employed in the shipping industry, whether on shore or at sea, are not yet well understood.

Bringing together industry experts and scholars, the Visby Maritime Symposium provides a forum for presenting state-of-the-art research from across the social sciences and for discussing directions for future research to meet the challenges facing merchant shipping in a socially responsible way.

The Visby Maritime Symposium is organized by Dr Birgit Pauksztat (Uppsala University, Campus Gotland) and Dr. Mike Barnett (MLB Maritime Services). It will be hosted by the Department of Business Studies, Uppsala University, and Uppsala University Campus Gotland.

More details, including Call-for-papers, programme, and contact information can be found at: 

‘Equal Shipping: why are women still underrepresented in maritime?’

Webinar announcement!

Equal Shipping: why are women still underrepresented in maritime?

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

02:30 PM British Summer Time

Details & Sign up here:

This webinar, presented by Lloyd’s Maritime Academy, will assess the current position of women in maritime at a turning point for the industry. We will be looking at the importance of representation, reducing barriers, and speaking out against workplace inequality, what the future looks like for the shipping industry.

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Seminar next week! Caird Library Research Seminar: 5th March!

5 March

Quintin Colville, Curator of Naval History

Collecting Maritime History? Callender, Caird and the National Maritime Museum, 1928–39

This paper explores the vision of British history and heritage that guided the work of both the National Maritime Museum’s first director and its most generous benefactor. Though from differing professional backgrounds, these men shared a particular vision of Britain’s past, present and future – one inseparable from notions of sea power and national destiny. The historic themes, objects, people and events around which they fashioned the Museum tell a complex and important story.

Date and time: 3.30pm – 4.30pm
Admission: Free
Location: National Maritime Museum, Caird Library & Archive

More info at: 

ONE WEEK TO GO! “From Stem to Stern: Celebrating the ‘Wonder’ of Maritime History”

Greenwich Maritime Centre and Coastal and Marine Research Group Seminar Series 

Wednesday 21st February 2018

6pm – 8.30pm

“From Stem to Stern: Celebrating the ‘Wonder’ of Maritime History”

Dr Cathryn Pearce

Hartlepool Cultural Services

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In her online magazine Brain Pickings, Maria Popova observed that some people were so concerned with labelling themselves and each other, that they had lost a sense of their whole self, as well as of the many layers making up their identity. They had, she said, quoting Walt Whitman, lost the sense of ‘”wonder that comes from discovering each other’s multitudes afresh’.” This perception has some resonance. Maritime history, too, has seen such fractured identities, driven from both inside and outside of the discipline. In tonight’s session, Cathryn Pearce will consider the ways we can rediscover and celebrate ‘each other’s multitudes afresh’—academics, public historians, independent scholars and enthusiasts alike, and explore the means to join forces to face the economic and environmental rough seas ahead.

Venue: University of Greenwich, Old Royal Naval College, 30 Park Row, London SE10 9LS

Lecture Theatre QA180.

Tickets are free but spaces are limited so we do ask people to book their seat on our Eventbrite page. You can complete the form here:

If you have any questions about the event please email

Seminar Announcement 20th February! Maritime History & Culture Seminars at the Institute of Historical Research:

Date: 20th February 2018

Location: The Institute of Historical Research, University of London, Senate House, London WE1E 7HU

Time: 17:15 in Wolfson Room I

Dr Caroline Withall, National Maritime Museum

The forgotten boys of the sea: Marine Society merchant sea apprentices, 1772-1854

Dr Caroline Withall will explore the lives of poor boys who went to sea during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Meet apprentices like Edward Kelly, who was beaten so badly he lost the use of his arm, William Cakebread, who was jailed for smuggling, and William Brook, a ‘boy of colour’ recommended by the Lord Mayor of London.

Where did these boys come from? Who employed them and how were they treated? Where were they sent? Did they find better lives at sea? Did they run away? How many of them survived?

The Marine Society is well known for sending boys to the Royal Navy but, as this seminar will show, supplying apprentices for merchant ships became the society’s main focus. Dr Withall will also address broader social and economic issues within British and maritime history, drawing upon data on over 22,000 of these ‘forgotten’ boys.