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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

Seminar Flyer

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 2 July 2021. The successful applicant will be notified week commencing 2 August 2021. 

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

Call for Papers Flyer

Application Form

Notes on the application process


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 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

Sailor Talk  - Purchase 'Sailor Talk' Here

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

2021 Mike Stammers Memorial Lecture

Wednesday 12 May - 5:30 pm BST, online.

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Salt, Stone and Steam: Making the Mersey a costal shipping hub, by Dr. Roy Fenton

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.

2020 Lecture postponed to 2021 – date TBC, Dr David Jenkins (Honorary Research Fellow, National Museum of Wales) ‘The Bethesda Shipping Company and its Liverpool connections, 1877-98.’

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.

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