Royal Navy’s Portsmouth history to be investigated

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HOW the navy has shaped Portsmouth will be studied in a new partnership between two groups of historians.

The University of Portsmouth will join forces with the National Museum of the Royal Navy to shed light on the impact sailors have had on the UK’s major naval ports.

Royal Navy historian Dr Duncan Redford is joining historians at the university’s School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies as an honorary research fellow.

Together they will pore over the archives at the museum in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Dr Brad Beaven, course leader for history at the university, said: ‘This will allow researchers to draw on the museum’s archives which include sailors’ diaries and photographs, giving a real insight into their lives ashore.

‘Dr Redford’s appointment is a significant landmark in our developing relationship with the National Museum of the Royal Navy.’