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Pioneering captains. Under-sung port workers. Atypical seagoing mums. The history of maritime women is wide-ranging and their historiography has been sparse. Since 2023 Lloyd's Register Foundation's Heritage and Education Centre is giving the subject a new filip, including the She_Sees exhibition at the International Maritime Organisation HQ in September 2023 and the related online feast at In her personal capacity as an Editorial Board consultant for this ongoing project, Jo will use images, cartoons, and a video to reveal this acclaimed initiative, its contexts and its role in enhancing diverse maritime historiography.

Speaker: Jo Stanley

Affiliation: Blaydes Maritime Centre, University of Hull


Dr Jo Stanley FRHistS (Blaydes Maritime Centre, University of Hull) is a leading writer about the history of gender and diversity on ships. Her books include Women in the Royal Navy (2017); From Cabin "Boys" to Captains: 250 years of women at sea (2016); and (with Paul Baker) Hello Sailor! The Hidden History of Homosexuality at Sea (2003, 2015). She contributes to social media at and on LinkedIn.

The King’s Maritime History Seminar is hosted by the Laughton Naval Unit and the Sir Michael Howard Centre for the History of War in the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. It is organised by the British Commission for Maritime History in association with the Society for Nautical Research and with the support of Lloyds Register.

Event details

Dockrill Room
Strand Building
Strand Campus, Strand, London, WC2R 2LS