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Race, Religion and Empire in British Ports 1801-1914

This research project for the University of Bristol explores the lives of British sailors and missions to seamen alongside the histories of lascars – the mostly South Asian seafarers who became an increasingly significant labour force within the merchant marine throughout the nineteenth century.

Resources from the Hull History Archives and the archives of the Mission to Seafarers are used to show the stories and histories of marine workers.

Resources like (our favourite) the 'Ladies work for sailors’ booklet which provided patterns for knitting items needed by sailors; things like: steering gloves, mittens, comforters, shields, and sea-boot stockings...

We started with a clean slate, so were able to create a great looking design and brand that works across all platforms and meets the high standards of accessibility we always aim for.

Screenshot of the website showing a map of locations Screenshot of the website showing an interactive timeline of events.


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