Wednesday 8th March 11.30 am. '"Neither Hero Nor Victim: Shipwreck, Coastal Communities and Lifesaving in the 19th century' Dr Cathryn Pearce.

  •  For over 190 years, men and women who performed amazing feats of lifesaving have been recognized and given medals by organizations such as the Royal Humane Society and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. Their stories are full of derring-do and bravery, and so have managed to be incorporated into the public imagination of the sea. But what happens to the victims that are brought ashore? And what about those people who are ‘neither hero nor victim’, but were crucial during and after shipwreck events? In this session, Dr Cathryn Pearce will share some of her most recent findings on the history of lifesaving, and will introduce the work of the Shipwrecked Fishermen and Mariners’ Royal Benevolent Society, founded in 1839.

  • Dr Cathryn Pearce, FRHistS, is a part-time lecturer at the University of Greenwich, where she serves on the founding committee of the Greenwich Maritime Centre. She also currently teaches on the MA in Royal Navy for the University of Portsmouth. When she isn’t teaching, she is actively involved with the Society for Nautical Research, including serving as Secretary for their Publication Committee, and on the Editorial Board of The Mariner’s Mirror journal. She is also Trustee of the British Commission for Maritime History. Her current research involves the history of lifesaving and coastal communities in the 18th and 19th centuries, with special emphasis on the Shipwrecked Fishermen and Mariners’ Royal Benevolent Society.



11.30 am The Cutty Sark Pub just five minutes east of the Naval College,

4-6 Ballast Quay
SE10 9PD



£12 for the lecture or £10 for London Historians and past attendees plus the cost of the light lunch / bar snacks afterwards

Numbers are strictly limited so please book early.