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Dr Craig Lambert BA, MA, and PhD. Fellow of the British Commission for Maritime History

Associate Professor in Maritime History

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Dr Craig Lambert is an Associate Professor in Maritime History at the University of Southampton.

I am an historian whose primary research focus is on maritime history, especially the study of maritime communities, merchant shipping, and naval logistics c.1300-c.1600. 

My key areas of research focus on naval operations and logistics during the Hundred Years War, and on the size and geographical distribution of the English merchant fleet c.1300-c.1600. I also have a keen research interest in maritime communities. My research draws on prosopography underpinned by the use of databases to undertake quantitative and qualitative investigations of merchant shipping, maritime communities, and naval operations.

My interest in medieval and Tudor merchant shipping was helped by a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council entitled: The Evolution of English Shipping Capacity and Shipboard Communities from the early 15th Century to Drake’s Circumnavigation. This project has since produced a free to access searchable database of c.53000 ship-voyages from over 600 English, Welsh and Channel Islands ports and includes interactive port and trade routes maps. This can be searched here. The project also developed a series of free to access teaching materials for sixth form students based on the project and website. You can find more about the project’s wider impact here.

While by trade an historian, I have a keen interest in restorative justice and its application in community settings. This interest was stimulated by managing a National Lottery-funded project (2009-11) that investigated how restorative practices were implemented across a wide range of governmental and educational institutions, and private companies, across the city of Kingston-Upon-Hull.

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Research interests

My research centres on three key areas:

  • Late medieval naval operations and logistics
  • Medieval and Tudor maritime communities
  • Late medieval and Tudor merchant shipping

My recent research has centred on understanding the size and geographical distribution of the English merchant fleet from c.1300-c.1580. My interest in merchant shipping was helped by a 2014 grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council entitled: The Evolution of English Shipping Capacity and Shipboard Communities from the early 15th Century to Drake’s Circumnavigation (Grant reference: AH/L004062/1). This project has since produced a free to access searchable database of c.53000 ship-voyages from over 600 English, Welsh and Channel Islands ports and includes interactive port and trade routes maps. This can be searched here.

In addition to my historical research I also have an interest in restorative justice/restorative practice and have published articles and reports on this topic.

PhD supervision

I am happy to supervise doctoral research on any aspect of late medieval and Tudor maritime history.

Recently supervised PhDs

  • Brenna Gibson, ‘English Seafarer Communities in the Later Middle Ages: A Study in Socio-Economics and Geographical Mobility of a Multi-Faceted Occupational Group', funded by the Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute (passed 2018).
  • Leanna Brinkley, 'England's Forgotten Maritime Communities: A Study of Elizabethan Coastal Trading, 1568-1580’, (passed 2020).

Current PhD student

  • Daniel Wigmore, ‘The Supply of Coastal Barbicans and English Strategy: 1369-1422’.

Research project

Medieval and tudorship

Senior Tutor for the Department of History

Research Fellow for the Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute, University of Southampton

Fellow of the British Commission for Maritime History

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I teach a wide variety of modules which are underpinned by my research interests. At present I am module co-ordinator for the following:

  • The Murder of Edward II (First Year Undergraduate);
  • The Age of Discovery? c.1350-c.1650 (Second Year Undergraduate);
  • Towards Empire: England and the Sea, c.1450-c.1650 (Third Year Special Subject).

I am happy to supervise MA and PhD students on aspects of maritime history from the late middle ages to the Tudor period.

Dr Craig Lambert
Building 65, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Southampton, Avenue Campus, Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BF, United Kingdom

Room Number: 65/2074

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