Centre for Port and Maritime History

Centre for Port and Maritime History

Research Group

Find out more about the work the Centre for Port and Maritime History Group undertakes

The Centre for the Port and Maritime History is a collaborative venture between Liverpool John Moores University, Merseyside Maritime Museum and the University of Liverpool.

In this section, you’ll find an overview of the Centre, in addition to information about the work the Liverpool John Moores University members have undertaken as part of this joint enterprise. To learn more about the Centre for Port and Maritime History as a whole, please visit the Centre’s website.

The Centre undertakes historical research on port cities and examines their relationship to maritime ventures and enterprise. More specifically, the Liverpool John Moores University members of the Centre conduct research into:

  • Urban history, especially the history of Dublin
  • Marketing and advertising in the British merchant marine
  • Liverpool shipping and Empire in the twentieth century
  • Liverpool and the British Empire in the eighteenth century

Members of the Centre for Port and Maritime History were included in Liverpool John Moores University’s History Unit of Assessment submission to REF2014, in which over 60% of publications were rated internationally excellent or world leading.  

Currently, the Centre for Port and Maritime History is in the early stages of a collaboration with the Elder Dempster Pensioners’ Association. The aim of this collaboration is to create a collection of oral histories and ephemera, which will record the history of Elder Dempster Lines and the history of British shipping to West Africa during the twentieth century. In addition to this collaboration, the Centre also works closely with the University of Liverpool Management School.

Another key project is Visual Voyages. This Merseyside Maritime Museum funded project analysed the marketing strategies of the British shipping companies from the late-nineteenth to the late-twentieth centuries. In examining the UK shipping industry during this period, particularly through a focus on the industry’s poster art, Visual Voyages represents a new approach to maritime history. As part of the project, conference papers were created, which are currently being worked into journal articles. Members also helped to organise Sail Away – an exhibition held at Merseyside Maritime Museum.

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Contact details

Contact staff from the Centre for Port and Maritime History

If you’d like to ask a question or find out more about information about this Group, please contact the team using the details below.

Contact: Professor Nick White

Email: n.j.white@ljmu.ac.uk

Call: +44 (0)151-231-5095


John Foster Building
80-98 Mount Pleasant
L3 5UZ