Maritime East Anglia: Call for Papers

May 2015

Maritime Heritage East, in collaboration with the History department at the University Campus Suffolk, has announced a call for papers for a one-day conference on Maritime East Anglia—Past, Present, Future to be held on Saturday 21 May 2016 at UCS in Ipswich.

The sea and the seaside have long been a defining feature of East Anglian life. Its long coastline has fostered industry, encouraged scientific and technological innovation and played a role in defining East Anglian identities. Yet for many in East Anglia, Great Britain and beyond, the region is not primarily associated with its maritime existence. By calling together scholars, professionals and enthusiasts for a one-day conference on the topic, the organisers hope to examine and understand better the historical legacy, present reality and future prospects of maritime East Anglia. The maritime past, present and future of East Anglia is a vast topic and by calling for papers on this broad topic the organisers have the common goal of opening a wider debate on this often neglected part of the region’s life and livelihood.

Mid day at Dunwich: NMM BHC1754

Mid day at Dunwich: NMM BHC1754

The organisers seek either short 10-15 minute or longer 25-30 minute presentations from scholars and practitioners on research and practice in themes and topics touching on the maritime past, present and future of East Anglia, the organisers particularly invite researchers and professionals with research and experience of the following themes in Maritime East Anglia—Past, Present, Future:

•    Maritime Trades from Past to Present
•    Fishing and Offshore industries
•    Shipbuilding and seamanship
•    Skill and Technique in Maritime Art and crafts
•    Lifesaving and Survival at Sea
•    The Resilience of East Anglia’s Ports and Docks
•    Maritime East Anglia in times of War
•    Leisure and the Consumption of the Seaside
•    The Changing Face of East Anglia’s Littoral and Maritime Environment
•    Exceptional Individuals in Maritime East Anglian Life

The organisers invite interested scholars and practitioners, professional and otherwise, to submit 200-word abstracts of their presentation proposals by 12th June 2015. The organisers will review the proposals received and inform selected panelists thereafter with the final schedule for the conference circulated thereafter.
Enquiries should be directed to:-

Des Pawson MBE. Chairman Maritime Heritage East
Museum of Knots & Sailor’s Ropework
501 Wherstead Road, Ipswich, IP2 8LL.
Telephone 01473 690090,   e-mail


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