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Rowan Beentje

Rowan Beentje

Rowan Beentje: Rowan Beentje is the designer of the MarineLives semantic media wiki, and a former volunteer transcriber. In his day job he works in mobile and web application development for a major media company.

Nga Bellis-Phan

Nga Bellis-Phan

Nga Bellis-Phan is a PhD candidate and Graduate teaching assistant in Legal History at University Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas (Paris, France). Her PhD thesis deals with French Securities Law, from the 16th century to the French Civil Code of 1804. Before digging in to Legal History, she studied Private Law at the same university.

Languages: Fluent English, French, Vietnamese. Intermediate Spanish and Persian. Notions of Latin.

Academic interests: early modern economic history in Western Europe, ancient history with a particular interest in Mesopotamia, digital humanities.

You can find more details on linkedin or read her tweets at @NgaPhB.

Amber Berkeley

Amber Berkeley

Amber Berkeley is currently a gap year student hoping to study English Literature in September 2018. Amber is proudly South African-British and enjoys ballet, reading, and writing short stories.

Richard Blakemore

Dr Richard Blakemore

Dr Richard Blakemore: Dr Richard Blakemore has been an academic advisor to the MarineLives project since its inception. Richard is an early modern historian with research interests in early modern seafarers, particularly British sailors in the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Currently he is a lecturer in the History of the Atlantic World, c. 1500-1800, at the University of Reading. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in 2012, and from 2012-2014 was an Associate Research Fellow on the project Sailing into Modernity at the University of Exeter. From 2014-2016 he was a Junior Research Fellow at Merton College Oxford, where he examined the interconnected development of maritime trade, state structures, and imperial authority. Recent publications.

Tweets at @historywomble and also blogs.

Joshua Callaway

Joshua Callaway

Joshua Callaway is currently a Second-Year student at the University of Warwick, studying History with Italian. He has a keen interest in Early Modern European History, particularly aspects of the Military Revolution debate. He is looking to potentially undertake a MA in Italy after his undergraduate degree to pursue these ideas further.

Rachel Carter

Rachel Carter is an undergraduate reading history at Bath Spa University. Prior to this she spent eight years working as a Special Needs Teaching Assistant. She has three children.
Academic interests: history from below, eighteenth and nineteenth century literature.

Nicola Clarke

Nikki Clarke

Nicola Clarke: I am doing an MA in Early Modern History at Birkbeck, I have a particular interest in the social and cultural history of the Commonwealth and the Protectorate. I am an enthusiastic if not necessarily very skilled embroiderer and a recorder player with a passion for Renaissance and Baroque music.

Dr John Davies

John Davies recently retired as county archivist for Carmarthenshire, south Wales. He gained a Ph.D from Swansea University, The Cawdor estate in south-west Wales. in 2009, a revised version of which is to be published in 2016. Last year John had published a volume of eighteenth century political correspondence - those of John Campbell MP for Pembrokeshire - as part of the Parliamentary texts and studies series.
Academic interests: Eighteenth century politics.

Jonathan Dent

Jonathan Dent has an MA in Modern History. He is interested in learning to decipher seventeenth century script and in contributing to an impressive project to make MarineLives more generally accessible to the wider public.

Sara Fox

Sara Fox

Sara Fox is a freelance historic researcher on houses, gardens and people. She studied English at Sunderland Polytechnic and has an MBA Tourism Management and an MA Landscape Management and Environmental Archaeology from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. She has a background in horticulture and ran a nursery specialising in old fashioned plants. She has managed European funded business support projects in South West Wales for the Welsh College of Horticulture and Lampeter University. More recently she led a volunteer local history project on the farms and field names of the valley where she lives.

Likes – her husband Tom and children Lily (escaped to Uni in London) and Patrick still serving time at home with parents until 18. Reading old local history and topographical books. Taking cuttings sowing seeds. Talking.

Dislikes – austerity, cuts, local councils and politicians.

Languages – poor French and German and lots of Welsh vocabulary.

Academic interests – The history of the Middleton Hall Estate in Carmarthenshire, now The National Botanic Garden of Wales. Writing about Thomas Hornor the topographical painter and panoramist in Wales.

Tweets @HouseHistorian1

Steve Garnett

Steve Garnett in Malaga, thinking about Algiers

Steve Garnett is an independent researcher whose primary interest is the growth of early modern English power in the Mediterranean. In 2018, he will complete his transcriptions of the documents relating to Ottoman Algiers, 1595-1714, in the State Papers 71 (Barbary States). Steve teaches History at an all boys' secondary modern in Kent and when time and tide allow, sails his Wayfarer dinghy 'The Tommy P' on the River Thames.

Academic interests: The British Isles and the Mediterranean World, 1603-1714

Tweets @statepapers71

Colin Greenstreet

Colin Greenstreet, co-director of MarineLives, and Bron (a Hungarian vizsla)

Colin Greenstreet is co-founder and co-director of the MarineLives project. He studied human sciences, and philosophy, politics and economics at the University of Oxford, and was the recipient of a Kennedy scholarship for study at Harvard Business School. His career has been spent in finance, consulting, pharmaceutical research and development, and as an entrepreneur.

Likes: Mountains, languages, travel, and dogs (plus wife, Yerevag; elder daughter and musician, Rebecca; and younger daughter and aspiring neuroscientist, Francesca)

Languages: English, German, indifferent French, staggers through Dutch with a dictionary and a glass of wine

Academic interests: Editing the private papers of Sir George Oxenden (1620-1669); writing an academic dual biography of Sir George Oxenden and his elder sister and commercial agent, Elizabeth Dallison. For papers, seminar and conference presentations see his page

Tweets at at @marinelivesorg.

Finn Halligan

Finn Halligan

Finn Halligan is studying for a MA in Global History at Warwick, focusing on the cultural history of navigation and port cities in the early modern period. At undergraduate level, his dissertation studied the cultural prevalence of navigational instruments in discursive space between 1600 and 1800, for which he won the British Commission for Maritime History undergraduate dissertation prize.

Dr Philip Hnatkovich

Dr Philip Hnatkovich, co-director of MarineLives

Philip Hnatkovich is a co-director of the MarineLives project. He received his Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University in 2014. He is a historian of the British and French Atlantics, with interests in early modern maritime networks, cultural geography, and transnational communities. His doctoral thesis ("The Atlantic Gate: The Anglo-Huguenot Channel Community, 1558-1685") examines Anglo-French mercantile networks in English Channel ports during the French Wars of Religion, when a militant alignment of Huguenot and Elizabethan elites oversaw a decades-long collaboration in privateering and experimental transatlantic plantation ventures. He argues that the maritime society of the Channel region produced merchant capital, maritime expertise, and formative models for northern trade and colonial settlement in the Americas.

He resides in Pittsburgh, where he spends his spare time dabbling in local politics, perfecting his barbecue technique, riding his bike, and building blanket forts with his daughter.

Languages: English, French, some bits of Latin.

Tweets occasionally @_beneze_

Ross Keel

Ross Keel at a wedding

Ross Keel is a second year undergraduate at Bath Spa University, studying history. He was born in Salisbury, in Wiltshire, where he lived for eighteen years before moving to Bath for university. Ross has held a keen interest in history since an early age and has visited local heritage sites such as Old Sarum castle, Stonehenge and Salisbury Cathedral. This interest has continued throughout his life, and has helped to shape his aspirations for the future, as he hopes to write, research and create historical documentaries and books.

Historical interests: Early modern England and also 20th century Europe.
Other Interests: Watching football, jogging (well, plodding...) and reading a wide variety of books.

Ross tweets very rarely from @Ross14Keel

Sara J Kerr

Sara J Kerr
Sara J Kerr is a PhD student in Digital Humanities and English and a John and Pat Hume Scholar at Maynooth University in Ireland. She has a BA in Ancient History and English from Queen's University, Belfast and an MA in Education from Edge Hill University.

Prior to returning to full time study, Sara taught English, Media Studies and Film Studies at several schools in the UK.

Academic Interests: Early Nineteenth Century literature, in particular Jane Austen, Maria Edgeworth and Sydney, Lady Morgan; R programming.

Tweets at at @data_fiend.

Grace Mallon

Grace Mallon

Grace Mallon is an undergraduate reading History at University College, Oxford. Her studies are currently focused on 20th-century Germany, but a recent foray into colonial American history has awakened an interest in the workings of the early British empire. Alongside English, she reads German, French and some Latin. In her spare time she plays the piano and sings in her college choir.

Susan Mee

Susan Mee: Susan has an MA in the History of Textiles & Dress, & a history PhD. 'The Clothing of the Common Sort, 1570-1700', which Susan co-authored with the late Professor Margaret Spufford, is the latest volume to be published in the Pasold Studies in Textile History Series (OUP). Currently a freelance lecturer & researcher Susan has experience of working in museums, libraries & archives. She enjoys reading, walking (particularly along the bank of the River Deben near to where she lives), trying out 'textile related' crafts & spending time with her 14 month old grandson.

Matthias Mueller-Prove

Mathias Mueller-Prove: Moin,
Matthias Mueller-Prove

I am an independent interaction designer and human computer interactivist from Hamburg, hamburgh, hambourgh, hamborough, hamborowe, hamborowe, hamborg…

Marine Lives Project @mprove

Check my pages at



- 8-Dec-2016: Display Hamburg’s residents on Hamburg Chronoscope’s map 1694
- 24-Nov-2016: Republish transcripts by volume. - This enables a powerful browser-based full-text search for each volume.

Shavana Musa

Dr Shavana Musa

Shavana Musa is a doctoral researcher and lecturer at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. She will be completing her PhD in 2015, which investigates the right to reparation for the war victim from the middle of the seventeenth century until the present day. She teaches courses on international legal history and world legal systems.

Academic interests: History of international law; international humanitarian law; war and peace; maritime law and history; foreign policy; democracy; constitutional legal history.

Jo Pugh

Dr Jo Pugh

Jo Pugh is a PhD student at the University of York, studying information seeking in archival collections. His previous role was in Education & Outreach at the National Archives.

On Twitter @mentionthewar.

Benjamin Redding

Dr Benjamin Redding

Benjamin Redding recently completed his PhD in History. His main research interests focus on early modern European naval history and its relationship to broader political and cultural trends. His PhD was titled 'Divided by La Manche: Naval Enterprise and Maritime Revolution in England and France, 1545-1642'. His current research and publications look at the international influences that shaped the early modern English navy. Benjamin is co-ordinator of the Warwick programme.

Tweets @BenjaminRedding.

Mia Ridge

Mia Ridge recently completed a PhD in Digital History. She spent much of that time exploring different crowdsourcing projects and is glad to finally have enough time to take part in Marine Lives.

Axel Hee Rømer

Axel Hee Rømer

I study Medieval and Renaissance Archaeology at the University of Aarhus in Denmark. I've got interested in sailors lives under my bachelor work, and wanted to learn more about maritime culture in the renaissance and early modern period.

I like the outdoors, archaeology, music, food and traveling.

Celine Romano

Celine Romano

Celine Romano is a second year History student at the University of Warwick. Her interests in history range from early modern material history and its socio-political importance, to the philosophy of the Enlightenment.

Deborah Sherlock

Dr Deborah Sherlock, hill walking

Deborah Sherlock is an academic librarian at Queen's University Belfast. She holds a PhD in history, also from Queen's, and this was published in 2009 as Women, marriage and property in the wealthy landed class in Ireland, 1750-1850 (MUP).

Likes: Running, trees, beaches.

Favourite place on Earth: Donegal, on the beach, all seasons.

Tilly Smith

Tilly Smith

Tilly Smith currently a second year History student at the University of Warwick.

Oliver Tanner

Oliver Tanner and girlfriend, Abby

Oliver Tanner is a second year history student at Bath Spa University. When not at university he is a part time chef, amateur chess player and keen cyclist.
After leaving school Oliver took a year out to travel around the world - his experiences traveling include working as a confectioner in Israel, on a coffee plantation in Tanzania, and catching stray dogs in India and vaccinating them against rabies. Throughout this year Oliver developed a keen interest in social history, which he is following up at university.

Samantha Thompson

Dr Sam Thompson (Sam in the stacks).

Samantha Thompson is currently a government and local history archivist for one of Canada’s largest municipalities. She has worked with special collections in several Canadian universities and museums. She holds a PhD in philosophy from the University of Toronto and an MLIS from Western University. She is also a musician and a salted snacks enthusiast. To find out more about what archivists do so you can cheer them on (they deserve it) check out her series "Archives FAQs and Facts".

Brodie Waddell

Dr Brodie Waddell
Brodie Waddell is a lecturer in early modern history at Birkbeck, University of London. I'm primarily interested in the economy and society in seventeenth-century England. You can find more about my research and publications on my staff profile and my page (which includes pdfs of some of my articles). I'm co-founder of the many-headed monster, a history blog, and I tweet at @Brodie_Waddell. I live in Cambridge with my wife and three-year-old son, so spend most of my spare time building strange lego structures or playing at the park.

Rebecca Want

Rebecca Want

Rebecca Want is currently in her final year, reading History at the University of Warwick. Her interests include the history of Early Modern print, Ming and Qing China, and the Victorian period. Her dissertation is entitled 'Celebrating the Empire: How the Great Exhibition was experienced by Colonial Subjects'.

Samuel Watson

Samuel Watson

Sam Watson is a second year student at Bath Spa University. He lives in Kent when he is not in Bath at University. He studied Ancient History at A level and has developed an interest in a very wide range of different topics throughout history.

Likes: Travelling, Adventure, Bear Grylls, Football (Chelsea) and trying new things.

Dislikes: Cold weather.

Dominic Webb

Dominic Webb

Dominic Webb is a second year student at Warwick University, currently studying History with Italian.

Viv Weller

Viv Weller

Viv Weller spent 37 years as an A Level and GCSE History teacher in Leicestershire. Eventually, she decided to escape and return to her first love of studying History at university, graduating with an MA in English Local History at the University of Leicester in 2012. Viv's special interest is in Early Modern English History and her dissertation focused on the impact of the Reformation in Warwickshire between 1520-60.

Jill Wilcox

Jill Wilcox, co-director of MarineLives

Jill Wilcox is co-founder and co-director of the MarineLives project. Jill's passion for family history led her to complete a history degree at the University of Hertfordshire as a mature student. Subsequently, she has spent sixteen years as a comprehensive teacher and head of department. She completed a MEd in leading teaching and learning at the University of Cambridge in 2011. Throughout her career Jill has used technology to engage and assist her students in their learning.

Charlie Wilson

Charlie Wilson

Charlie Wilson is a resting librarian, genealogist and home educator. She loves expanding her skill set and generally learning a little about everything. She discovered the Marine Lives project after spending time tracking her non-conformist ancestors in the travel journal of Thomas Prince, who sailed for New England in 1717 and was very meticulous in his observations. The opportunity to work with 17th century ship books at the very moment that she was reading about "this am a qt many porposes play about our ship" seemed serendipitous.