14th March 11.30 am. '"Reconstruction of a Roman Merchant Ship for the Venice Exhibition’" : Dr Julian Whitewright

  •  I have been working for the last couple of years on a project that has now finished, designing a computer reconstruction of a Roman Merchant ship for Damien Hirst’s latest exhibition in Venice last year – members of the group may or may not have read about it in the press.

  • Southampton, and myself as the manager of the project, had a lot of input into the backstory of the exhibition, as well as designing the merchant ship that is at the heart of it. It is grounded very much on the work presented at my last talk – on the Roman Red Sea, so there is a certain amount of continuity there from last time. And it is a very interesting project that I think people will enjoy hearing about.

  • Dr Julian Whitewright is a maritime archaeologist at the University of Southampton. His research encompasses the sailing rigs and seamanship of vessels in the ancient and medieval Mediterranean and Indian Ocean, British shipping in the 18th and 19th century, and the understanding of maritime archaeological remains through practical experience and experimentation. He has been fortunate to work at Roman harbour sites in Egypt and Eritrea, to conduct ethnographic research into traditional fishing vessels in India, and to spend long periods of time in the foreshore mud of the Solent. He loves sailing and rowing boats as much as researching them and is a trustee of Atlantic Challenge Great Britain, a charity that aims to preserve traditional seamanship skills through the education of young people through the sea and traditional boats



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 & Docklands History Group and past attendees plus the cost of the light lunch / bar snacks afterwards

Numbers are strictly limited so please book early.