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Southampton's research into Britain's maritime heritage recognised

Published: 4 April 2012Origin: History
Maritime Centre of Excellence

The Curator of Imperial and Maritime History at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich (NMM) has praised the contribution of historians at the University of Southampton for their research into Britain’s maritime heritage.

 Dr John McAleer was speaking at the launch of the Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute (SMMI) at the University. More than 300 people attended the official event, which was addressed by Science Minister David Willetts MP, University Vice-Chancellor Professor Don Nutbeam and Richard Sadler, Chief Executive of Lloyd’s Register.

Southampton historian Dr John Oldfield has worked with staff at the NMM on a new gallery The Atlantic: Slavery, Trade, Empire. Dr McAleer commented: “The University of Southampton has been vital to help us piece together Britain’s longtime connection with the sea. Our partnership is very important to us.”

The Museum is the largest covering maritime history in the world with 2.5 million items and 2.5 million visitors each year. It celebrates its 75th birthday in 2012. NMM also offers an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award through the University of Southampton.

Director of the SMMI Professor Ajit Shenoi said: “I am pleased with the success of our launch and look forward to developing our work with the marine and maritime industries. The SMMI is a truly multidisciplinary centre and reflects the University of Southampton’s experience and expertise in all areas of marine and maritime research.”

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