GMC Featured Artist: Theo Crutchley-Mack

At regular intervals through the year the GMC will feature artists whose work relates to maritime issues. Art can be a powerful way of communicating. It tells a story that words alone cannot. One of the aims of the GMC is to help people ‘see the sea’ – to see and appreciate its multiple personalities and uses. Art can inspire, provoke, move and excite. Through the GMS’s Featured Artist initiative, and exhibitions we hold, we hope to connect people with our oceans and seas.

Our current Featured Artist is Theo Crutchley-Mack and you can find his full page with more of his works, his relationship with maritime issues, and further links here.

“Theo Crutchley-Mack was born in Bristol in 1994 and has lived in various parts of the UK including West Yorkshire, West Wales and South Cornwall. At the age of 16 he became the first teenager to design a 50 pence coin for the Royal Mint which was later released into circulation throughout the United Kingdom. This sparked a specific interest in drawing which has driven his visual journey through to the current day. Theo went on to pursue this interest and studied BA (Hons) Drawing at Falmouth University in Cornwall.”


Our previous, and first, featured artist was Vince Bevan and you can find his work here.

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Royal Naval Hydrography and Marine Surveying, 1830-50

You are cordially invited to our next Greenwich Maritime Research Seminar, run in conjunction with the National Maritime Museum

Wednesday, 30th November 2016, 4pm-5pm

University of Greenwich, QA065  


Megan Barford, Curator of Cartography, National Maritime Museum

Royal Naval Hydrography and Marine Surveying, 1830-50

This paper will examine writing, record keeping, printing and publishing practices in and around the Hydrographic Office of the Admiralty, c.1830-50. In particular, it will explore the increasingly administrated nature of state hydrography, which in turn enables a better understanding of the key impulse in the field at this time: to provide ever-updated charts of ever–changing coastlines, in keeping with ideas of improvement which permeated 19th century discourse in many areas.

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Free Public Talk: Raphael Samuel History Centre History & Environment/Water and the Sea Series

Free Public Talk: Raphael Samuel History Centre History & Environment/Water and the Sea Series

Carry van Lieshout will be coming to Greenwich Thursday 8 December 2016 at 6.00pm to talk about London’s Waterscapes: Land Drainage and Water Supply in the Eighteenth Century.

The growth of London’s built-up area as a result of rapid expansion during the eighteenth century had a profound impact on the city’s management of water. New areas had to be drained to prevent water flooding homes; at the same time these houses required a water supply for household uses as well as for fire-fighting purposes. This talk evaluates the changes in London’s visual and cultural waterscape as a result of the city’s expansion further away from the Thames, and the extent to which these are still visible today.


Venue: University of Greenwich, Room 075 (Edinburgh Room), Queen Anne Court, Old Royal Naval College, Park Row London SE10 9LS.

All are welcome.

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Carry van Lieshout is a historical geographer based at Cambridge University. See here for more details Follow Carry on Twitter @CarryvLieshout

These free public talks are organized by the Raphael Samuel History Centre ( and the University of Greenwich (Dept of History, Politics and Social Sciences & Greenwich Maritime Centre). To find out more about the RSHC History and Environment talks in general, please contact George Yerby ( For more information on these Greenwich RHSC seminars, please contact: Vanessa Taylor (


GMC Partnership Development

After the Greenwich Maritime Centre’s successful first conference, Society and the Sea ( in September 2016 we are now preparing for our second conference to run in Sept 2018. We would like to work with partner organisations and individuals to develop a rich a varied programme content. The aim of the conference will be on bringing together a wide range of perspectives and stakeholders (for instance academia, industry, charities) dealing with society and maritime issues. If you would like to learn more about the opportunities (including promotional and sponsorship) and would like to discuss things further please email us at: