Exploring British Imperial Crew Agreements and Official Logs, 1863-1972

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February 3, 2022
Subject Fields: 
British History / Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Labor History / Studies, Maritime History / Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies

This two-part series of workshops will explore the collections of Crew Agreements and Official Logs archived in Newfoundland and the United Kingdom. These maritime documents record important information about the domestic, colonial, and foreign seafarers aboard British ships. Crew Agreements and Official Log Books contain both vital data and broader information about lives (and deaths) at sea while crews transported cargoes and passengers around the world in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Join us for this two-part workshop on February 3 & 17, starting at 10:00 AM Eastern//3:00 PM GMT, where speakers will explore the history of these records, their continued relevance, and the research projects they inspire. Each talk will be 25 minutes, with a 30 minute question period at the end of each panel. The Feb. 3 session will last about 3.5 hours and the Feb. 17 session will be about 3 hours.

The talks will be supported by a website that will host relevant documents in IIIF format, allowing a close examination of their contents from your computer.

Feb. 3 – Panel 1: Introduction to Crew Agreements and the Maritime History Archive

  • David Bradley, Maritime History Archive
  • Jan and Pete Owens, Crew List Index Project

Panel 2: Health and Gender in Crew Agreements

  • Madeleine Mant, University of Toronto
  • Julia Stryker, University of Texas

Feb 17 – Panel 3: Using Crew Agreements and Logs to Explore Labour and Dress

  • Meaghan Walker, Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Matt Ylitalo, St. Andrews University

Panel 4: Crew Agreements in Perspective

  • Valerie Burton, Memorial University of Newfoundland

A link to the website hosting the documents will available via Eventbrite prior to the first talk and will be distributed at the workshops as well.
We look forward to sharing our passion about this unparalleled collection with you soon!

Contact Info: 

Dr. Meaghan Walker

Workshop Organizer

Ewart Pratt Post-doctoral Fellow, Memorial Unviersity of Newfoundland

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