Student and Research Prizes

Are you a student working on maritime history? Apply for our Undergraduate and Postgraduate prizes.

New Researchers Conference

Research degree students and independent scholars are warmly encouraged to share their work at our annual New Researchers Conference.

Who We Are



Chair: Dr Cathryn Pearce (University of Portsmouth)

Vice Chair: Dr Helen Doe (University of Exeter) 

Dr Helen DoeDr Helen Doe specialises in maritime business history, particularly in the nineteenth century. She has published extensively and among her books are The First Atlantic Liner and Enterprising Women in Shipping. She co-edited and contributed to the award winning The Maritime History of Cornwall. Helen’s latest book is SS Great Britain: Brunel’s Ship, her Voyages, Passengers and Crew. She gained her PhD at the University of Exeter where she is a Fellow of the Centre for Maritime Historical Studies. She is a member of the UK Government’s Council of Experts on National Historic Ships (these include HMS Victory, the Mary Rose, Cutty Sark and Warrior). Other appointments include Trustee of the SS Great Britain and Chairman of the Acquisitions Committee for the National Maritime Museum Cornwall.


Vice Chair: Professor Richard Harding (University of Westminster)

Secretary: Dr David Jenkins (Amgueddfa Cymru- National Museum Wales)

Treasurer: Dr Roy Fenton



(Fellows are longstanding Trustees who are elected by their fellow Trustees in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the BCMH)

  • Professor Wendy Childs, University of Leeds
  • Dr Alston Kennerley, University of Exeter
  • Professor Andrew Lambert, King’s College, London
  • Professor Sarah Palmer, University of Greenwich
  • Dr David Williams, University of Leicester


(Trustees are elected as individuals and not as representatives of other bodies)

Dr Harry Bennett, University of Plymouth

Dr Richard Blakemore, University of Reading

Dr James Davey, University of Exeter

Dr James Davey is Lecturer in Naval and Maritime History at the University of Exeter. His specialism is the history of Britain and its maritime world, focusing particularly on the Royal Navy in the seventeenth, eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries. His research looks beyond the traditional remit of maritime history to analyse the political, economic, social and cultural forces which created the navy, and which were in turn were shaped by its activities. His recent publications include: The Maritime World of Early Modern Britain (Amsterdam University Press, 2000) edited with Richard Blakemore, A New Naval History (Manchester University Press, 2019) edited with Quintin Colville, and In Nelson’s Wake: The Navy and the Napoleonic Wars (Yale University Press, 2015). His new research project explores the Royal Navy in the ‘Age of Revolution’. Prior to working at Exeter he was a curator at the National Maritime Museum, where he worked on two major galleries: ‘Tudor and Stuart Seafarers’ (2018) and ‘Nelson, Navy, Nation’ (2013).

Professor Maria Fusaro, University of Exeter

Professor Maria Fusaro is Professor in Early Modern Social and Economy History at the University of Exeter where she directs the Centre for Maritime Historical Studies.

She has been awarded two European Research Council major grants: LUPE – Sailing into Modernity: Comparative Perspectives on the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century European Economic Transition (2012-2014); and AveTransRisk – Average – Transaction Costs and Risk Management during the First Globalization (Sixteenth-Eighteenth Centuries) (2017-2022). Both these projects are concerned with the trans-national analysis of the legal and economic underpinning of early modern globalization.

Amongst her publications: Political Economies of Empire in the Early Modern Mediterranean: The Decline of Venice and the Rise of England 1450-1700 (Cambridge, 2015); co-editor with B. Allaire, R. Blakemore, T. Vanneste, Labour, Law and Empire: Comparative Perspectives on Seafarers, c. 1500-1800 (London-New York, 2015); and with Á. Polonia, Maritime History as Global History (St. John’s, 2011). Her new monograph: The Making of a Global Labour Market, 1573-1729: Maritime Law and the Political Economy of the Early Modern Mediterranean, is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press.

Dr Richard Gorski, University of Hull

Dr Sheryllyne Haggerty, University of Nottingham

Dr Sheryllynne Haggerty is Reader and Associate Professor in Economic and Business History at the University of Nottingham.

Her research focuses on the eighteenth-century British-Atlantic world. She is presently writing her third monograph, Ordinary People, Extraordinary Times: Living the British Empire in Jamaica 1756. Her previous monographs are The British-Atlantic Trading Community 1760-1810: Men, Women, and the Distribution of Goods (Leiden: Brill Press, 2006), and ‘Merely for Money’? Business Culture in the British-Atlantic, 1750-1815 (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2012). She also co-edited with Anthony Webster and Nicholas White (eds.), The Empire in One City? Liverpool’s Inconvenient Imperial Past (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2008).

She has published many interdisciplinary articles on networks in journals such as Enterprise & Society and Business History. For example, with John Haggerty, ‘Networking with a Network: The Liverpool African Committee 1750-1810’, Enterprise & Society, 18:3 (Sep 2017), 687-721. Other articles include: ‘“Miss Fan can tun her han!” Female Traders in Eighteenth-Century British-American Atlantic Port Cities’, Atlantic Studies, 6:1 (2009), 29-42; ‘Risk and Risk Management in the Liverpool Slave Trade’, Business History, 51:6 (Nov 2009), 817-834.

She is Director, Institute for the Study of Slavery; on the Editorial Board, Essays in Economic and Business History, Transactions of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire; and Council Member: Economic History Society (and Executive Committee as Chair Women’s Committee); British Commission for Maritime History; Centre for Port and Maritime History (Liverpool); Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire.

Professor Richard Harding, University of Westminster

Dr Aaron Jaffer, National Maritime Museum

Dr Alan James, King’s College London

Mrs Barbara Jones, Lloyd’s Register

Professor Bernhard Klein, University of Kent

Dr Craig Lambert, University of Southampton

Emeritus Professor Derek Law, University of Strathclyde

Dr Margarette Lincoln, National Maritime Museum

Dr Margarette Lincoln’s latest book: Trading in War, about 18th-century maritime London, was published by Yale in 2018. She is Curator Emeritus at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, where she was Deputy Director until 2015, and was a Fellow at Goldsmiths, University of London. Other books include British Pirates and Society, 1680–1730 (2014), Naval Wives and Mistresses 1745–1815 (2007; rpt 2010), Representing the Navy: British Sea Power 1750–1815 (2002), and the catalogue for the Museum’s special exhibition, Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution, edited in 2015. Yale publishes her next book, London and the Seventeenth Century: The Making of the World’s Greatest City, in 2021.

Dr Renaud Morieux, University of Cambridge

Dr Nigel Rigby, National Maritime Museum

Dr Robb Robinson, University of Hull

Mrs Louise Sanger

Louise works for the Lloyd’s Register Foundation Heritage & Education Centre as Applied Research & Outreach Manager. She initially joined Lloyd’s Register in July 2005 with a focus on ship history research and public enquiries.

Completing a Masters in Maritime History at the University of Hull in 2005 with her thesis on ‘The regulation of medical care in the British Merchant Marine, 1850-1914’. In 2003, she received the BCMH prize for Undergraduate Achievement in Maritime History for her 1st class History BA on ‘The effectiveness of the Merchant Shipping Act, 1867 in the prevention of scurvy’, also at Hull. Prior to this Louise finished an Art Foundation at Stroud College of Art & Design and was commissioned to illustrate Chris Witt’s Disasters on the Severn (Tempus, 2002).

Assistant editor of two major Lloyd’s Register publications by Nigel Watson, Lloyd’s Register 250 years of service (London, 2010), and Maritime science & Technology: changing our world (London, 2015). Louise’s current role focuses on public engagement and collaboration to promote the organisation’s unique engineering heritage collections to a global audience.

Louise’s key focus is on learning from the past and collaborating with others to ensure that knowledge is captured and made future-proof. This is no doubt a nod to her own upbringing, with a father who was County Deputy Diocesan Archivist for Gloucestershire, a Grandpa who was a Civil Engineer, and a happy childhood spent visiting castles and churches in England, Wales and Brittany, as well as re-enacting the odd battle from the English Civil War!

Dr Peter Skidmore

Mr Peter Sowden, Boydell and Brewer

Professor David J. Starkey, University of Hull

Dr Chris Ware, University of Greenwich

Dr Nick White, Liverpool John Moore’s University