Why The Wreck Of The Gloucester In 1682 Matters: The Secrets Of A Restoration Warship


The finding of the Gloucester can legitimately be called the most important event for British maritime history since the Mary Rose was located in 1971 and raised in 1982. This talk will outline the sensational history of the wreck of the Gloucester in 1682 with James, Duke of York and Albany, and the heir presumptive onboard, and it discusses the significance of the ship's foundering for British history.


Professor Claire Jowitt is Professor of Renaissance Studies at the University of East Anglia and is historical lead on The Gloucester Project. She is Principal Investigator on the Leverhulme Trust Project grant ‘Wreck of the Gloucester: The Life and Times of a c17 Third Rate English Warship’ (2021-24). She joined UEA in 2015 as Associate Dean for Research for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and served in that position until 2022. She is grant holder for UEA’s Arts and Humanities Research Council Impact Acceleration Account and a Trustee of the Sainsbury Centre. She has published seven books and more than fifty essays and chapters on maritime history and culture and travel writing studies. She is a General Editor of the new Oxford University Press edition of Richard Hakluyt’s The Principal Navigations (1598−1600), co-edits Amsterdam University Press’s Maritime Humanities 1400−1800: Cultures of the Sea book series, and she is currently an elected member and Trustee of the Council of the Hakluyt Society and the Society for Nautical Research.

Thursday, 22 February 2024

11:00 - 11:45 GMT


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    Professor Claire Jowitt
    Professor of Renaissance Studies
    University of East Anglia