Call for Papers: LAST WEEKEND TO SUBMIT! Society and the Sea.

This is the last weekend to submit to the Greenwich Maritime Centre’s September conference, ‘Society and the Sea: “The Values Of The Ocean And Coasts For Sustainable Development’


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Standard Ships of World War One: Too Little and Too Late? Seminar at the National Maritime Museum

On the 14th May, Chris Ware, of the Greenwich Maritime Museum and the University of Greenwich will be presenting his seminar:

Standard Ships of World War One: Too Little and Too Late?

After a hands-off approach to Merchant Shipping for most of the First World War, by 1917 the need for new tonnage was becoming acute. The Standard ships were seen as the answer. Based on contemporary designs, they were to fill the void left by losses to U-boats, but did enough come into service to make a difference? Or did they create a bubble in the market for ships that caused a collapse in the period of post-war austerity?

This is part of the Caird Library Research Programme 2018.

More information can be found on their website:


Final Call for Papers – GMC Society and the Sea 2018 Conference


The Greenwich Maritime Centre presents our biennial conference: Society and the Sea 2018 ‘THE VALUES OF THE OCEAN AND COASTS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT’, 6 & 7 September 2018.

Details and submissions:

Deadline: 16th April 2018

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“Environmental Governance of the Oceans” by Dr Tim. A Stojanovic, University of St Andrews.

“Environmental Governance of the Oceans” by Dr Tim. A Stojanovic, University of St Andrews.

A free seminar held at the University of Greenwich.
Human activities in the oceans are expanding rapidly. There is concern that the oceans are facing environmentally degrading development pressures, as catchments did the industrial revolution. But there is also hope that new forms of activity can be developed smartly to minimise environmental impacts and benefit society. In response to these pressures, since 2005 over 60 marine plans have been developed by nations to help govern the marine environment. This paper will provide an overview of the phases and scales of marine development in the global oceans, as well as a review of the approaches to marine planning. In conclusion, the seminar will invite scholarly reflection surrounding these practicable tasks, including: What kind of institutional arrangements can draw together public, private and civil society into partnerships for the sustainability of the oceans? How should marine plans draw on the traditions of planning in the terrestrial environment? Which principles of governance will lead to more just allocation and sustainable outcomes for the world’s oceans? Such research questions build upon Greenwich Maritime Centre’s stated aims to deepen understanding of the relationships between society and the sea.

Tuesday 3rd April, 2018
Old Royal Naval College campus
Lecture Theatre Queen Anne 080
5.30pm – 8.00pm

The talk will last for 45 mins with a chance for a Q&A and networking after.

Tickets are free but limited so please do reserve your place:

For more information on our seminar series please visit:

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Final Call for Papers – GMC Society and the Sea 2018 Conference



The Greenwich Maritime Centre presents our biennial conference: Society and the Sea 2018 ‘THE VALUES OF THE OCEAN AND COASTS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT’, 6 & 7 September 2018.

Details and submissions:

Deadline: 16th April 2018


‘The Big Skills Debate’

The National Maritime Big Skills Debate was held on the 8th November 2017 at the University of Greenwich’s Old Royal Naval College campus.

We are very grateful to National Maritime for making available a recording of the event and are proud to share it with you here. Please don’t forget to subscribe to National Maritime’s channel to make sure you see similar events in the future.

The debate explored how the maritime sector currently collaborates to deliver maritime training that best supports business succession planning and challenged existing UK maritime training provision and funding streams. It also considered how the national ‘skills gap’ discussion could be simplified to encourage wider participation and collaboration from across the UK maritime cluster.

Representations were made from an expert panel from across the UK maritime cluster.

  • Andrew Bull, Headmaster – The London Nautical School (Chair)
  • Andrew Bowen, Head of Technical – Engineering and IT Department, DP World London Gateway
  • Tony Graham, Chairman – The UK Naval Engineering Science and Technology Forum (UKNEST)
  • Peter Aylott, Chairman, Education and Training – The Honourable Company of Master Mariners (HCMM)
  • Sezen Zeki, Managing Director, Jobs in Maritime
  • James Burr, Head of Human Resources – MBNA Thames Clippers
  • Dr Christopher Ware, MA Programme lead International Maritime Policy, Greenwich Maritime Centre
  • Ewan Shinton, Operations Director – UKSA

This event was delivered in partnership with Jobs in Maritime, the Greenwich Maritime Centre (GMC), Lloyds Maritime Academy and the National Maritime Training Centre.

Reflections on engagement with my exhibition ‘Liminal Matter’, held in association with The Greenwich Maritime Centre, by Lizzie Cannon

The Heritage Gallery, at the heart of the Old Royal Naval College, with its’ views of the River Thames was the ideal location for an exhibition which took the ‘Liminal Matter’ of the constantly shifting shoreline as its subject matter. Attracting audiences who had come to visit the grade I listed building on a World Heritage Site or to events such as the ‘The State of Maritime History Research’ Conference, enabled some interesting dialogue around historical artefacts, artistic interpretation and maritime issues.

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View of In Transition (2015-17) and Corrosion (study with beads) 3 (2015) through door of the Heritage Gallery


One visitor identified the object used in ‘Corrosion: Study with beads 1’ (2013) as a hub cap, which he thought to be from a Morris manufactured between 1938 and 1950. Another, suggested ‘In Transition’ (2015-17) is derived from the inner lining of a funnel from a Steam Ship, built sometime between the 1890s and 1930s. As an artist, I am drawn to these objects in their delicate transitory state, somewhere between the functional, historical and organic, artefact and debris. I tap into a process of continued material change through subtle interventions, my needle and thread echoing the repetitive and circular action of the waves as I mimic the slow accumulation of rust and organic matter by sewing together tiny beads.

The exhibition was accompanied by a series of free events. The Researcher’s Discussion Group invited academics at the University of Greenwich to join in an inter-disciplinary conversation in response to the works exhibited. This gave a thought provoking insight into different ways the work could be interpreted and its contribution to understanding the liminality of the coast-line. For Dr. Vanessa Taylor (Lecturer in Environmental History / Research Fellow) ‘In Transition’ (2015-17) prompted thought around the passage of time, death and decay and the drive to recover what is dead. Coming from an Ecology background, Dr. Adriana Ford (Research Fellow in Environmental Social Sciences) was drawn to the beaded interventions, interpreting them as the colonisation of an inanimate object by something living. Dr. Tim Acott (Principal Lecturer, Environmental Geography) saw the work as a challenge to the notion of Ecosystem, by beginning to break down the ‘human-nature’ dualism.

Liminal Matters, an exhibitio by Lizzie Cannon
Exhibition installation shot: Corrosion (study with beads) 1-3 (2013-2015) and In Transition (2015-17). (Photography: Arnold Borgerth)


[Speaking about ‘In Transition’ (2015-17)]

TA: So presumably in its original function at that point it was allowing or enabling that ship to operate… and then it’s ended up on the beach and has become a vehicle for wildlife, for barnacles and things to grow in. It has started to become colonised, and so that distance to the human… is starting to get greater.

LC: But also, the history that comes before this starts to become apparent as well, before it was just matter that was in the ground that looks very much like what is now accumulating around the bottom I can imagine.

TA: Absolutely, yes, and take it one stage further than that, and how was that iron produced and how was it smelted, then this object is created and had a certain function, that was dissipated. And of course, the processes around that dissipation would be really interesting. What happened? How was the ship wrecked? What were the stories around that etc. and then it ends up on the beach. Is it part of the ecosystem, from when the barnacles started growing etc.? Who knows? Then you found it, you came along, and you took it out of that system and you started to put beads on it, you started photographing it and getting it into galleries, so it’s now an object of circulation, an object of aesthetic enjoyment etc. And it’s been sold to someone who lives in Suffolk… so if you were to write a life history of that object, its having an effect.

AF: Absolutely … and I was just thinking that object you found on the beach, how many people came across it before you, and did other people walk past it and what was their reaction to it? Did they think that is just horrible piece of pollution or did a child play in it?…

The varying nature and role of academic research also became apparent. Whereas Historians may often primarily focus on documents held in archives to evidence answers to predefined questions, the role of the artist, is perhaps, to stimulate questions and destabilise established ideas? In relation to the exhibited works, I feel the materiality of the objects leads this dialogue. Or in the words of Dr. Vanessa Taylor ‘You’ve got this object and it just kind of splurges all these things up and you can actually do with them what you want’. With reference to Jane Bennett’s book ‘Vibrant Matter’ and Bruno Latour’s ‘Actor Network Theory’, Dr. Tim Acott drew attention to the benefits of looking at objects as a process rather than a static given entity, as ‘actually having an effect … acting out as an entity that is causing something to happen’. These ideas resonate with me, as my process based interactions with the objects are a way of investigating and embracing an ontological fluidity that allows for an understanding of materiality as a reciprocal and generative relationship between humans and environment.

Discussion ensued around the purpose and justification for academic research and art practice, and more specifically, around the impact that the exhibition may have going forward. As an artist, I do not set out with a politicised agenda but hope to invite dialogue. It would be interesting if the discussion initiated by a work such as ‘In Transition’ (2015-17) were to continue in another medium or on another platform, contributing to an ongoing discourse.

This event was held in association with Greenwich Maritime Centre, University of Greenwich, was kindly supported by Arts Council England National Lottery funding, and was part of Totally Thames 2017 that runs from 1-30 September

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