Brad Beaven has a new blog published on the Social History Society’s blog, looking at the history of ‘sailortowns’, seaport’s urban quarters where sailors would stay, eat, drink and be entertained. These were transient and liminal spaces and a unique site of cultural contact and exchange. Despite the rich array of research areas in class, […]
Author Archive | Brad Beaven
The Invention of the Weekend
Articles by our own Professor Brad Beaven on how the current 48-hour weekend became the norm, were recently published in the Conversation and in The Independent: Link: https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/weekend-lesson-four-day-working-week-a9274096.html Link: https://theconversation.com/history-of-the-two-day-weekend-offers-lessons-for-todays-calls-for-a-four-day-week-127382 Brad has published widely on urban popular culture, leisure and empire in Britain in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
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 […]
Exploring London low life: The forgotten East End.
As academics, we are often asked to conduct reviews, do consultancy work, or write blogs. In the following blog, written for the Adam Matthew digital archive platform, our Professor Brad Beaven discusses London’s ‘low life’ in the nineteenth century. The original blog can be accessed at http://www.amdigital.co.uk/m-editorial-blog/exploring-london-low-life/ When we think of the East End in […]
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 […]
Visions of Empire: Patriotism, popular culture and the city, 1870-1939 by Brad Beaven
Dr Brad Beaven is professor in social and cultural history at Portsmouth and leads the Port Towns and Urban cultures research project. His book, Visions of Empire: Patriotism, popular culture and the city, 1870-1939, is out now in paperback with Manchester University Press. The book offers a fascinating insight into the ways in which ideas […]