Publications and Membership Committee

The Publications and Membership Committee oversees all aspects of the SNR’s The Mariner’s Mirror, our quarterly newsletter, Topmasts, and any occasional and joint publications. The committee is responsible for the SNR website, social media channels and other digital content developed to publicise the goals of the Society. Publications Committee, through Topmasts’ Editor, appoints and liaises with SNR Overseas Corresponding Members. The Committee also oversees membership liaison, retention and recruitment.


Christopher Holt, PGCert, MSc, PhD, FRGS – Chair, Publications Committee

Christopher is a senior lecturer in physical geography, specialising in water, climate and hazards, at the University of Northampton.   He is involved in the international agenda of the University, supporting teaching and developing research links in a number of countries.  He joined the SNR in 2005 and was part of the 2010 Way Ahead Group, before becoming a Member of Council in the following year.  Christopher is currently in his second term on Council.  In 2015 he became a member of the Publications Committee.  He has an interest in the nautical exploration, the Royal Navy (1700s -1960s), and commercial shipping.


Cathryn Pearce, MEd, MA, PhD, FHEA, FRHistS – Secretary, Publications Committee

Cathryn Pearce teaches maritime and naval history at the Universities of Greenwich and Portsmouth, after having taught at the University of Alaska Anchorage for fifteen years. She holds an MA in History with a Maritime History emphasis from the University of Victoria (Canada) and a PhD in Maritime History from the University of Greenwich. She serves on the founding committee for Greenwich Maritime Centre; as editor for the online, refereed journal Troze for the National Maritime Museum Cornwall; and as Chair of the British Commission for Maritime History. Additionally, she is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Higher Education Academy. She joined SNR in 2000, becoming a Member of Council and Secretary of the Publications Committee in 2010. She is also on The Mariner’s Mirror Editorial Board and a member of the Navy Records Society. Her book Cornish Wrecking: Reality and Popular Myth, 1700-1860 (2010) led to several TV documentary and radio appearances. She is currently publishing on the history of shipwreck, coastal communities and lifesaving.


Martin Bellamy, BSc, PhD, FSNR – Hon. Editor, The Mariner’s Mirror

Martin Bellamy originally trained as a naval architect and worked at the Belfast shipyard of Harland & Wolff. He subsequently took up a career in museums and is currently the Research and Curatorial Manager at Glasgow Museums. He has a PhD in history from the University of Glasgow where he also serves as an Honorary Teaching Fellow. He has written a number of books and articles on cultural aspects of shipping and shipbuilding, including The Golden Years of the Anchor Line (Glasgow 2011), Christian IV’s Navy: A Political and Administrative History of the Danish Navy 1596-1648 (Leiden & Boston, 2006) and The Shipbuilders: An Anthology of Scottish Shipyard Life (Edinburgh, 2001). He has been a member of the SNR since 1991. He has been a member of the editorial board of The Mariner’s Mirror since 2006, was Reviews Editor from 2010 -2013 and Honorary Editor since 2013.


Nigel Blanchford– Editor, Topmasts

Nigel Blanchford is retired, having worked for ten years as a Development Officer for the Heritage Lottery Fund, mostly in the East of England. Before that he was a Local Government Officer, having worked for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough in community education. He has a life-long engagement with the Royal Navy, as the son of a serving Engineer Officer, as a serving officer (for a very short period), and through other close family links. He also worked for the Decca Navigator and Survey Companies, on what was in those days high accuracy position fixing equipment for the offshore industries and European navies. He joined SNR in 2010 and was one of Hon Secretary Byrne McLeod’s team of abstract writers before taking the job of Editor of Topmasts at the end of 2014. He has a wide interest in maritime matters.


Richard Harding, PhD, PGCert.Ed., FRHistS, FSNR – SNR Vice-President

Richard Harding is Professor of Organisational History at the University of Westminster.  He was editor of the The Mariner’s Mirror (2001-2005) and Chairman of the SNR (2006-2011).  His particular research interests include amphibious operations, inter-service relationships and the development of navies and naval power.  He is author of Seapower and Naval Warfare (Routledge, 1999), The Emergence of Britain’s Global Naval Supremacy (Boydell and Brewer, 2010) and Modern Naval History: Debates and Perspectives (Bloomsbury, 2016).  He is also currently on the Council of the Navy Records Society and a trustee for the British Commission for Maritime History.


Derek Law, MA, D.Phil, FIInfoS, FLA, FKC, FSNR – SNR Vice-President

Derek Law worked in universities for some forty years and is an Emeritus Professor of Informatics at the University of Strathclyde. He has been a member of the Navy Records Society and of the SNR for several decades and is at present a vice-president of both. He was Hon. Secretary of the SNR in the 1990s and has served on a number of its committees and working groups.  He is a Fellow of both the SNR and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He specialises in the bibliography and historiography of the Royal Navy in the Second World War and is author of The Royal Navy in World War II: an Annotated Bibliography. This bibliography is constantly updated and is now available online at the University of Exeter Centre for Maritime Historical Studies.


Katherine Parker, MA, PhD, FRGS

Katie Parker received her PhD in 2016 from the University of Pittsburgh. She is currently revising her dissertation, on the creation of Pacific geographic knowledge by the Royal Navy in the century prior to the voyages of Cook, for publication. She has published articles in Terrae Incognitae and The Trafalgar Chronicle, as well as co-edited a special issue of the Journal for Maritime Research with the theme of gendering the maritime world. She is currently serving as the Research Officer for Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps and is Administrative Editor of the Hakluyt Society. She joined the SNR as a student member during her PhD research and is new to Council in 2017.


Claire Warrior, MA (Hons), PhD
Dr Claire Warrior is Senior Exhibitions Curator at Royal Museums Greenwich, where she has worked since 2001. During that time, she has curated displays on subjects ranging from the Battle of Trafalgar to the history of the British seaside. An anthropologist and historian, Claire’s research looks at remembrance and commemoration, particularly in the context of British polar exploration, with a focus on the role of families in sustaining histories over time. She holds degrees from the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford, and has published widely on museums, material culture and the history of exploration. She is also a Trustee of the Charles Dickens Museum in Bloomsbury.