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Intersecting port cities: PTUC members collaborate with the Port Cities Research Centre, Kobe, Japan

In June, four members of the history team at Portsmouth participated in a series of field trips, presentations, and workshops with academics from Kobe University in Japan. In this blog, one of the founding members of the Port Towns and Urban Cultures research group, Dr Rob James, who is a senior lecturer in history, discusses the […]

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Brad Beaven’s inaugural lecture is now live!

Professor Brad Beaven’s inaugural lecture ‘Exploring Sailortown: civic culture, slums and scandal in 19th century British ports’ is now available to watch. This was a public lecture delivered to mark Brad’s promotion to professorship. The event, held on 29th March 2017, was attended by well over 300 people, all eager to hear about these cosmopolitan places, where sailors […]

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Portsmouth Poetry: “The Angels Cry”: A performance in remembrance of the Battle of Passchendaele

Tuesday 20 June 2017 – 8:00 pm, Portsmouth Cathedral A specially commissioned performance inspired by the works of  Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen and other WW1 poets, in The Cathedral on June 20th  which will present the human cost of Passchendaele through words, music  and images. The performance is supported by the New Theatre Royal and […]

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The Historical Association

Dr James Thomas, reader in Local and Maritime History at the University of Portsmouth, encourages us all to come along to some of the exciting historical events forthcoming at our local branch of the Historical Association Founded in 1906, and with headquarters at 59A Kennington Park Road, London, the Historical Association is an independent charity […]

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Spring Heeled Jack Illustration

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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