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Workshop - 'Doing Maritime History Research Online' - Book now for 4 February

Posted: Sunday 23rd January 2022

Workshop - 'Doing Maritime History Research Online'  - Book now for 4 February

Doing historical research is both easer and harder at the moment. New archival technology and digitisation programmes are providing better remote access to sources than ever before. The global pandemic, meanwhile, has forced many archives to restrict physical access as reading rooms become subject to social distancing measures and archivists have new obstacles to overcome. Maritime history is no exception: whether working on voluminous Admiralty files or private journals written aboard ship, there are many opportunities and challenges facing the researcher working in 2022.

What online resources are available to those interested in the sea, sailors and ships? What are the limitations of doing maritime history research online, and how can these be overcome? What does the future hold for academic historians, family history researchers, fiction writers and others working in this field? Will looking at a screen one day replace sitting in a reading room?

Join the British Commission for Maritime History for a 1-day online workshop exploring these complex issues, featuring talks by historians, curators and archivists. Our experts will cover everything from using digitized newspapers and crew lists to finding maritime sources in the most unlikely of places.

Workshop - 9:15am to 5pm, Friday 4 February, 2022

Find out more and see the full programme