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Portsmouth Darkfest

Dr Karl Bell, Senior Lecturer in History, reports on the Portsmouth DarkFest held in October-November 2016.  Karl’s research area is ‘everything spooky’; his second book was on the Victorian legend of Spring-Heeled Jack and he’s now working on a book on proto-science fiction ideas in British culture between c.1750-1900. Long after the Halloween pumpkins had […]

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Brad Beaven Inaugural Lecture 29 March

Dr Brad Beaven is professor in social and cultural history at Portsmouth and leads the Port Towns and Urban cultures research project. On 29 March Professor Beaven will be giving his inaugural lecture exploring the cultural life of port towns. These were cosmopolitan places, where sailors mingled and fraternized with the towns’ inhabitants. Come along […]

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