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Several successful events of varying sizes have been held at the University of Greenwich in the last five years.

The 'Memories of War' project hosted an academic conference in September 2010, which was organised by June Balshaw. The 'Rethinking the History of Childhood' conference in January 2012, and 'Play from Past to Present: Global Perspectives', in April 2010, were both organised by Mary Clare Martin; 'New Perspectives on Resources, War and Government, 1750-1815,' organised by Martin Wilcox in April 2009, which attracted eighty participants from Britain and overseas.

The largest event held was the Fifth International Congress of Maritime History, in June 2008, organised by Greenwich Maritime Institute and funded by the British Academy, Economic History Society and the Royal Navy. This highly successful event, the largest of its kind thus far, attracted 350 participants from as far afield as Australia and the Philippines. Gavin Rand's recent grant from the British Academy, part of the International Partnership and Mobility Scheme, will fund imperial history symposia at the University of Greenwich and Calcutta during 2013-4.

During the academic year historians from the university  meet informally at the University of Greenwich Chatham Maritime campus to hear and discuss the latest discoveries and reflections of colleagues both from the university  and other institutions. Staff, students, and the general public are all welcome. 

Past programmes

2012/13 session

  • Wednesday, 24 October 2012, 5pm in Queen Anne Court, room 063

Dr Martin Wilcox and Linda Cunningham, 'The "Poor Decayed Seamen" of Greenwich Hospital, 1705-1763'.

  • Wednesday, 14 November 2012, 5pm in Queen Anne Court, room 075

Dr Andrew Dawson, Contested Memory, Contested Archive: Bectu media workers and collecting oral histories.

  • Wednesday 12 December 2012 , 5pm in Queen Anne Court, room 075

Dr Vanessa Taylor and Professor Sarah Palmer, 'Running the River Thames: London, Stakeholders and the Environmental Governance of the Thames, 1960-2010' .

  • Wednesday 16 January 2013, 5pm in Queen Anne Court, room 075

Dr Emma Hanna, '"Whatever cheers the warrior helps to win the war": Music, Morale and the YMCA during the First World War'.

  • Wednesday 30 January 2013, 5pm in Queen Anne Court, room 063

Dr Sandra Dunster, The sights and sounds of the Medway towns 1550-1900.

  • Wednesday 27 February 2013, 5pm in Queen Anne Court, room 063

Dr June Balshaw, 'Billeting can be made to work': Government Policy and the evacuation of the elderly and infirm during the Second World War.

  • Wednesday 6 March 2013, 5pm in Queen Anne Court, room 063

Dr Gavin Rand, 'Witnesses to a forgotten genocide: Partition and the end of the British empire in India'.

  • Wednesday 17 April 2013, 5pm in Queen Anne Court, room 063

Professor Chris Bellamy, Title tbc

  • Wednesday 8 May 2013, 5pm in Queen Anne Court, room 075

Dr Mary Clare Martin, Pioneers, Freebooters or Citizens? The Housekeepers' Club of Coconut Grove, Miami, 1891-1951

  • Wednesday 19 June 2013, 5pm in Queen Anne Court, room 075

Chris Ware, The Royal Navy and the suppression of the slave trade 1807-1820

History Research Group is part of the Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities, University of Greenwich.