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Peter N. Davies Seminar

Peter N. Davies Seminar

‘Maritime Education in the 1890s: microhistories from the Liverpool Nautical College’ by Dr Wayne Turnbull, PhD Candidate LJMU

3 November 2021

Venue – Online

Time – 5:30pm GMT

Length - 45 Minute Presentation followed by Q&A

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Seminar Abstract

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Call for Papers 

Peter Davies was one of Britain’s foremost scholars of the international shipping industry and was instrumental in strengthening the international standing of maritime history. Peter was a founding member of the Centre for Port & Maritime History (CPMH) and, as such, the Centre is pleased to host this annual seminar series in honour of his contribution to maritime history and his support for emerging scholars in the discipline.

The seminar will take the form of a 45-minute online presentation followed by Q&A.

CPMH seeks applications to present the seminar from emerging scholars working on any topic within the discipline of Maritime History. All applications and supporting materials should be submitted to Professor Nick White at n.j.white@ljmu.ac.uk by the Deadline 15 June 2022. The successful applicant will be notified week commencing 31 July 2022. 

Please click on the links below for further details and an application form. 

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Centre for Port and Maritime History Annual Conference

Hybrid Event - Thursday 15 and Friday 16 September 2022

Conference Theme: Memorialisation and the Sea

Call for Papers

Call for Papers deadline: 19 July 2022

Centre for Port and Maritime History Annual Conference


Thursday 9 and Friday 10 September 2021

Conference Theme: Identities, Nations, Seas

Conference Programme

Registration £5 waged, free unwaged

Registration closes on 7 September 2021.

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Call for Papers

Call for papers deadline: 18 June 2021

12 and 13 September 2019, CPMH Conference, Art and the Sea

22-23 March 2019, The British Commission for Maritime History New Researchers in Maritime History Conference

14 September 2018, Singapore 200 ESRC funded workshop.

13 September 2018, CPMH Conference, Labour and the Sea

CPMH Studies in Maritime History Series

Art and the Sea, Edited by Emma Roberts - Purchase Art and the Sea

Book Launch Event: Thursday 19 May, 5 - 8 pm, The Athenaeum Club, Church Alley, Liverpool

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Sailor Talk  - Purchase 'Sailor Talk'

Liverpool University Press book series, Studies in Maritime History. Series Editors, Prof Nick White and Prof Andrew Popp (CPMH Board Member)

Sailor Talk

Mike Stammers Memorial Lecture

2022 Mike Stammers Memorial Lecture

Venue - Merseyside Maritime Museum

Date and Time - Wednesday 4 May 2022, 5.30pm

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Abstract: 'The Bethesda Shipping Company and its Liverpool connections, 1877-98' by Dr David Jenkins, Honorary Research Fellow, National Museum of Wales

This lecture is an attempt to reflect Mike Stammers' interest in the maritime history of north Wales in the 19th century and the close connections that developed with commercial activity on Merseyside. The 1870s marked the high point of the north Wales slate industry when slate quarrymen had money to spare, money which was invested in a remarkable series of shipping companies founded in the quarrying areas during that decade. In particular, the lecture looks at the company founded in Bethesda in 1877 and traces the company's links to Liverpool and ports elsewhere in the UK, reflecting the economic vitality of the slate quarrying communities during that remarkable decade.

Wednesday 12 May 2021, Roy Fenton, 'Salt, Stone and Steam: Making the Mersey a Coastal Shipping Hub'. 

The Mersey developed as the west coast’s major centre for coastal shipping through its unique geographical position. The river was the natural outlet for Cheshire salt and Lancashire coal, and became a highway for moving Welsh stone and slate for urban development. Major canal systems connected it to inland industries as far away as Yorkshire and the Midlands. Increasing trade with Ireland was an important growth factor, whilst Liverpool becoming Britain’s Atlantic gateway was an major stimulus to coastwise trade. Local ship owners grasped the opportunities offered by exploiting the steam ship and helped turn the Mersey into one the busiest in Britain for coastal shipping. This lecture aims to demonstrate how these factors contributed to the rise of the Mersey as a coastal shipping hub, and considers how ship owners in Liverpool and the other Mersey ports contributed to and benefited from this growth.

8 May 2019, Rachel Mulhearn, ‘”Don’t think of emigrating!”: Liverpool and overseas migration during the First World War’.

13 June 2018, Prof. Nick White (LJMU), ‘Liverpool Shipping and the End of Empire’.

Seminars and talks

Online Seminar, 9 December 2020 at 5pm

Dr Simon Hill, ‘Why was Liverpool the leading whaling port on the west coast during the 18thCentury?

For details of how to join the online seminar, please contact Prof. N. J White at n.j.white@ljmu.ac.uk

26 February 2020, Dr Alston Kennerley (researcher and historian of the University of Plymouth), "Preparing for Sea”: Merseyside and Merchant Seafarer Training since the 18th Century.’

10 February 2020, Visit by MA Transport Planning and Management students from Lagos State University who attended a talk delivered by Patrick Toosey, former MD of Elder Dempster Lines hosted by CPMH at LJMU.

23 October 2019, Dr Eric Schneider (LSE & Pei Gao -NYU Shanghai),’ The health of boys on the Training Ship Indefatigable, 1865-1995.’

21 November 2018, Dr Edmund Chilaka (Lagos State University), The Impact of Apapa’s Traffic Gridlock on Global Maritime Trade and Nigeria’s Economy: The Case for Re-design and Renewal of the Port City’.


Sail Away, Merseyside Maritime Museum 16 April 2014 – 17 April 2016

Three Queens Celebration Event, Merseyside Maritime Museum 24-26 May 2015

On Sunday 24 May, three of LJMU’s CPMH members delivered a rolling programme of papers connected with the history of Cunard liners on advertising (White), interior design (Roberts) and fashion (Horrocks). This was followed on Monday 25 by an open session led by Horrocks, Roberts and White in which they fielded questions from the public.

Jamaican art exhibition curated by Dr. Emma Roberts - 19 February 2022 at the Victoria Gallery & Museum

Jamaica Making exhibition posterCPMH Board member, Dr. Emma Roberts has curated an exhibition of Jamaican art which will open at the Victoria Gallery & Museum on 19th February and will run until 9th July. This is the first exhibition wholly of Jamaican art to appear in the north-west of the UK and it celebrates the 60th anniversary of Independence in Jamaica in 1962, as all of the art works have been made by artists since that date. The art works are the collection of Theresa Roberts, a Jamaican-born businesswoman and philanthropist, and they are all high-quality examples of art by key important Jamaican artists. Theresa now lives in London and owns The Jamaica Patty Co. in Covent Garden. She has allowed Emma Roberts to select the art works for this exhibition from her extensive art collection for the benefit of visitors from the Merseyside region. Theresa was also involved with the instatement of the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool in 2007.

Jamaica Making book coverTo accompany the exhibition, Emma Roberts has edited and written the main essay of a book that also acts as a catalogue for the exhibition. The book includes an essay by Andrew Holness, the Prime Minister of Jamaica, as well as another by iconic art historian, Edward Lucie-Smith (and other essays whose authors address issues of colonisation and diaspora). This book is published by Liverpool University Press and an online book launch will occur on 17th February, organised by Liverpool John Moores University- https://ljmu.libcal.com/event/3845422

Artist-in-Residence called Desanna Watson will arrive from Jamaica and stay for one month in order to work alongside the exhibition. One of her own art works is part of the exhibition, but is being displayed in the satellite site of the John Lennon Art & Design Building (Liverpool John Moores University). Desanna is an artist and art teacher in Kingston, Jamaica, and she will be running workshops with schools, community groups and university students to illuminate the themes of the exhibition. Her own art work is about the impact of colonisation in Jamaica (e.g. streets bearing the names of slavers), and her work in this area preceded the recent discussions on this topic that were part of the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

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