The Maritime Origins of Abolition: The Case of Benjamin Lay, Quaker and ‘Common Sailor’

This series, convened by the National Maritime Museum and held at the Institute of Historical Research, explores humankind’s relationship with the sea through museum and archive collections. At is heart is the idea that our history is entwined with the maritime world and that people’s lives have always been shaped by the sea. Bringing together established names and new researchers, the series draws upon a range of different approaches to encourage debate and discussion.

26 October 2017

Professor Marcus Rediker

University of Pittsburgh

The Maritime Origins of Abolition: The Case of Benjamin Lay, Quaker and ‘Common Sailor’

Location: The Institute of Historical Research, University of London, Senate House, London WC1E 7HU

*This seminar will start at 17:30 in The Chancellor’s Hall and will take on a Thursday rather than a Tuesday.*

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“The Future of the Ocean: Health, Wealth and Biodiversity” Seminar at the University of Greenwich.

The Greenwich Maritime Centre is very proud to announce our first 2017-2018 seminar in collaboration with the Coastal and Marine Research Group:

“The Future of the Ocean: Health, Wealth and Biodiversity”

with Professor Steve Fletcher

Venue: University of Greenwich, Old Royal Naval College, 30 Park Row, London SE10 9LS

Lecture Theatre QA080.

Tickets are free but please sign up using our Eventbrite form so we can keep control of the numbers:

There is increasing appreciation of the critical role the oceans play in human health and sustainable economic growth.  As is well known, the ocean provides the basic building blocks to support life through its regulation of climate and global temperature, but we are now also appreciating the role of the ocean in supporting the quality of our health through providing new drugs from the deep sea and spaces for relaxation, de-stressing, and personal restoration. In parallel, the OECD (2016) has estimated that the global ocean economy currently supports 350m jobs and has a value in the order of US$1.5 trillion per annum (2–3% of the world’s gross domestic product).  Yet there is a strong belief that the wealth derived from the ocean can be increased still further through ‘blue growth’ and ‘blue economy’ policies that provide new opportunities to tap into ocean and coastal resources. Biodiversity lies at the heart of ocean health and wealth, yet its place in ocean governance remains ambiguous, particularly in areas beyond national jurisdiction.  This presentation will explore these themes and consider how we can navigate towards a future for the ocean that supports health, wealth and biodiversity.

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‘all that rag-tag and bobtail from town’

‘all that rag-tag and bobtail from town’: seaside reading for Londoners, from Dickens to Barbara Cartland

6:30pm 11th October 2017

A talk by Carolyn Oulton, Canterbury Christ Church University

Kent History and Library Centre, James Whatman Way, Maidstone ME14 1LQ


To book: Call 03000 416438 or email

Admission fee £5

‘A Plaice for Everything’ Talk by GMC’s Director Dr Tim Acott

‘People, Plaice and Chips: Fisheries and sense of place.’ The management of fisheries tends to focus on economic and biological factors with cultural issues often neglected.

Dr Tim Acott FRGS, Director of the Greenwich Maritime Centre, puts forward the idea that sense of place can be used to make visible a range of social and cultural values that emerge from the process of marine fishing.

He will give a talk, ‘People, Plaice and Chips: Fisheries and sense of place’ at the Fleur hall at 7.30pm on Monday, 20  November.

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And for more information on The Faversham Society please visit their website: 

Second BSA Conference on Society, Environment and Human Health

An event by the BSA Environment & Health and Climate Change Study Groups

27 October 2017 (10am–4.30pm)
Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK

Keynote speaker: Dr Ben Wheeler (University of Exeter) – ‘Natural Environments, Health and Inequalities: Evidence and Policy

We invite you to this day conference, which will explore current social research and theoretical perspectives upon the environment and health.

There are intricate interactions between the natural environment and human health and wellbeing.  This wide-ranging research area thus presents an important agenda for social analysis across the multi-disciplinary areas of environment and human health, and for public policy and activity.

Building on our successful conference in 2016, the second BSA conference on Society, Environment and Human Health will explore current social research and theory on this topic.  Papers include discussion of:

  • Social theories of environment and human health and/or wellbeing.
  • Climate change and human health.
  • Human rights, environment and health.
  • Experiences of environmental interactions with wellbeing.

Submissions for this event are now closed; a detailed event programme will be available shortly on the BSA web site.

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SAVE THE DATE! GMC’s second ‘Society and the Sea’ conference in 2018





University of Greenwich, London, UK.

The Greenwich Maritime Centre in partnership with National Maritime is pleased to announce its second Society and the Sea conference:


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A first call for papers will be issued in November 2017 and abstracts will be drawn from an international audience. All papers should be submitted and presented in English. We are actively looking for people to host themed sessions. If you are interested, even if the subject is outside those indicated, please get in touch. More information, and a list of our conference themes, can be found on our website: and you can email us at:

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The Greenwich Maritime Centre (GMC) is pleased to announce its second international conference on the theme ‘Society and the Sea’. News stories about the ocean and the coasts regularly make the headlines yet paradoxically there are also concerns that sea-blindness is a problem and people are not aware of the fundamental importance of the ocean. The aim of the GMC is to engage multiple stakeholders in an exploration of the value of the ocean and how that can be recognised, communicated and harnessed to contribute to the health, wealth and wellbeing of society. This requires using perspectives and developing partnerships across academia and industry and engaging in creative conversation about the ocean, coasts and their values for sustainable development.

The GMC in partnership with National Maritime is convening an international conference that will bring together industry and academia to explore the value of the ocean, key challenges being faced and opportunities for future development of the blue economy. The conference is supported by the National Maritime Museum, Seafarers UK, Marine Conservation Society, Thames Estuary Partnership, Coastal and Marine Research Group (RGS), World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the Coastal Partnership Network.

Society and the Sea 2018 will incorporate INVESTINBLUE 2018 the showcase event for the UK maritime industry. The conference will address the following themes but is not limited to them:

The Blue Economy: What is the potential from the ocean and the seas to develop the blue economy? Issues include: fisheries, tourism, Brexit, opportunities and innovation, coastal communities, participation, etc.

Maritime governance: What political and governance issues threaten the sustainable and equitable use of the ocean and seas, and what are the potential solutions? Issues include: power and politics, explorations of negotiations, conflicts, consensus building in maritime spaces, examples of maritime spatial planning, global / trans-national maritime issues, trade, etc.

Conservation and engagement: How can communities and society be meaningfully engaged and contribute to marine and coastal conservation and management? Issues might include community engagement in marine/coastal governance/management (including biodiversity, pollution, flooding, climate change, etc.); sustainable management approaches; use of local knowledge in governance; citizen science (e.g. fishers), community empowerment, etc.

Maritime environmental change: How is society experiencing and responding to a range of environmental changes associated with the ocean? Topics include global warming, ocean acidification, pollution, coastal erosion and sea level rise.

Maritime heritage and history: What is the role of history and heritage – both cultural and natural – for the relationship between society and the sea? Topics include heritage of fishing/coastal communities, tourism, museums & education.

Maritime perceptions and representations: How can people’s perceptions, constructions and representations of the sea influence its use and management? Topics include people’s relationships with the sea, personal/place identity, philosophies/constructions of the sea, representation in art and other media, etc.

Marine engineering: How is technology helping to harness new value from the ocean? How are cutting edge advances in ocean technology changing our engagement with the ocean? How is technology helping to deliver a more sustainable future for the ocean and coastal regions?

Maritime human health and wellbeing: How can the seas and coasts be managed to create co-benefits for ecosystem and human health? Topics include the importance of marine and coastal ecosystem services, including cultural, to human health and wellbeing (both positive and negative, and both mental and physical health); aspects of biodiversity, climate change, resilience, etc.

Small-scale fisheries: How can the social and cultural value of fisheries be understood? Topics include exploring ways of valuing fisheries, sense of place, cultural ecosystem services, wellbeing, tourism, etc.

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