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Tuesday 26 April 2021

‘Beyond Whataboutery: Rural Britain and Empire’

Professor Corinne Fowler
Director of Colonial Countryside: National Trust Houses Reinterpreted 
University of Leicester
Corrine Fowler is Professor of Postcolonial Literature at the University of Leicester. Her specialist subject is rural Britain's colonial connections. This includes rural sites such as coastlines, moorlands, graveyards and villages but she is particularly interested in country houses, which often have myriad and foundational links to empire. In recent years her focus has been on how, and why, heritage sites' colonial stories are told or avoided; investigating the many barriers to incorporating significant colonial connections into on-site and digital interpretation and has become increasingly applied in the sector. Between 2019-2020 she was seconded to the National Trust to conduct research tests on all aspects of curation, interpretation and training to lay the groundwork for telling these stories. Her project, 'Colonial Countryside: National Trust Houses Reinterpreted' (Heritage Lottery and Arts Council) is a child-led history and writing project which seeks to make historic houses' connections to the East India Company and transatlantic slavery widely known.

Land ahoy! Talks on maritime history and heritage

28 November 2020, 10:00–11:45 (online event)
Explore underwater heritage and naval history with experts from the University of Plymouth – filmed on location at several of Plymouth’s most renowned maritime landmarks.
The Land ahoy! talks are an exciting opportunity for all to learn more about the people that work to protect our seas.
The disaster that obscured near catastrophe: a fresh examination of the German S-Boat attack on Exercise Tiger (April 1944)
Join Dr Harry Bennett, Associate Professor in History, as he provides new evidence on the 1944 Exercise Tiger and German attack on convoy T4 which resulted in the deaths of over 600 American service personnel. A captivating insight to what the newest research has revealed.
Women and the navy in the Age of Sail: a historical perspective
This fascinating talk explores the history of naval women in the 17th and 18th centuries. Dr Elaine Murphy, Associate Professor of Maritime History, discusses the women's experiences and interactions with the Royal Navy, from women who went to sea on men-of-war to the women who worked in the naval dockyards.
‘Never before has sea-power played a greater part’: The First World War in maritime perspective
When we think of the First World War, we often think of the trenches of the Western Front and the battlefields of the Somme and Passchendaele. This talk will offer a different perspective, placing it in a global context and highlighting the critical role played by the Royal Navy and allied navies. Louis Halewood, Philip Nicholas Lecturer in Maritime History, explores a new interpretation of the ways in which sea power mattered in the early 20th century. 
Plymouth Dock (1817) by Thomas Rowlandson. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons
Protecting the UK's Underwater Cultural Heritage (UCH)
The UK has a rich UCH, ranging from pre-history to 20th-century military conflicts, situated in its territorial waters. This interesting conversation with Jason Lowther, Associate Head of School (Law), and Mike Williams, Visiting Professor and elected Chair of Devon and Severn Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority, explores the ways in which we protect heritage assets, how we enforce that protection, and how we can work to improve protection as UK waters become more heavily exploited. 
Cornerstone methodology walkthroughs

Methodology Walkthroughs

Wednesday 2 September 2020
Jane Webb talks through:
  • heritage after Walter Benjamin
  • stories of place
  • urban walks
Wednesday 9 September 2020
Zoe Roberts talks through:
  • grounded theory
  • NVivo coding