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Impact Activities

Panellist discussing 'Sir Harry Johnston in Jamaica' at the New Art Exchange, Nottingham

The travelling 'Jamaica Hidden Histories' exhibition came to the New Art Exchange in Nottingham until the end of October 2015. I was a panellist in the final public event, which discussed the legacies of when 'Sugar was King'.

Public talk at gallery@oxo in London on 'Sir Harry Johnston in Jamaica'

As part of the 'Jamaica Hidden Histories' exhibition at the gallery@oxo on London's Southbank, I gave a public talk on 5th May 2015 about the anthropologist and geographer, Harry Johnston (1857-1926), whose early 20th-century photographs of the Caribbean form part of the exhibition. The originals are held at the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of Geographers) in South Kensington. 'Jamaica Hidden Histories' ran until 17 May, before it moving to The Drum arts centre in Birmingham from 25 June.

Modern History Review

My guide to the online source, ‘Voyages: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database’, has been published in the A-level history magazine, Modern History Review (September 2014).

Usborne 'See Inside' book on 'Exploration and Discovery'

I was the consultant for a new children's book on 'Exploration and Discovery' in this series. It was published in May 2015.

'On View' - the Caribbean Collections of the Royal Geographical Society (with the IBG)

On Friday 29th November 2013, I introduced a wide selection of original material from the Caribbean collections of the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of Geographers), some of which were featured in the exhibition ‘Making Freedom’ (5 November–21 December 2013) curated by the Windrush Foundation and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. I selected various items, which includes rare and original books, maps, photographs, artefacts and other archival items, to showcase the Society's collections to students, researchers and the wider public with an interest in the geographical history of the Caribbean.

See details here.

Collaborative PhD Studentships

I supervise a number of doctoral studentships in collaboration with non-university institutions: the National Maritime Museum and the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers):

  • Natalie Cox (2012-), 'Armchair geography: Speculation, synthesis and the culture of British exploration, c.1830-1880’, AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award; partner organisation: Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers)
  • Dr Steven Gray (2010-2014), 'Black diamonds: Coal, the Royal Navy and British imperial coaling stations, c.1870-1914', AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award; partner organisation: National Maritime Museum - thesis awarded the Boydell & Brewer Prize by the British Commission for Maritime History
  • Anyaa Amin-Addo (2008-2011), ‘Place and mobilities in the maritime world: The Royal Mail Steam Packet Company in the Caribbean, c. 1838 to 1914’, AHRC Collaborative Studentship at Royal Holloway, University of London; partner organisation: National Maritime Museum