I am an early modern social and maritime historian, and right now I am Lecturer in the History of the Atlantic World at the University of Reading, and an Honorary Associate Research Fellow of the Centre for Maritime Historical Studies at the University of Exeter. Before coming to Reading I completed my Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge, where I was also a producer of the CRASSH PhDcasts, then worked on the ‘Sailing into Modernity‘ project at Exeter, and after that spent two years as a Junior Research Fellow at Merton College, Oxford. I am an advisor to MarineLives and a trustee of the British Commission for Maritime History.

I mostly study the lives of British seafarers during the seventeenth century, but I am more broadly interested in the social, cultural, and political history of the early modern world, as well as how and where we talk about history. More information about my research and publications can be found on my academia.edu profile.

The blog title is, of course, inspired by the lyrics of the Wombles’ song, especially the phrase ‘Things that the everyday folk leave behind’. I am also fond of the image of ‘wombling free’ through the archives, which is essentially what I do…

You can reach me by email or on Twitter.


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