Ahoy Mariners! We are delighted to have received funding from the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council for three years to allow us to research religion, race and empire and the histories of missions to seamen in British ports. There are two strands to this project. The first, led by Hilary Carey and Manikarnika Dutta, explores the lives of British sailors and missions to seamen. The second, led by Sumita Mukherjee and Lucy Wray, looks at lascars – the mostly South Asian seafarers who became an increasingly significant labour force within the merchant marine throughout the nineteenth century. We are proud to be partnering with the Anglican Mission to Seafarers and the Hull History Centre, who hold their archives. We hope you will stay with us for the voyage and use this blog to keep you updated as the project develops.
About the picture in the header: ‘A Mission to Seamen‘ by Henry Herbert La Thangue (1859-1929). Nottingham City Museums & Galleries. Creative commons Attribution- NonCommercial licence (CC BY-NC).