The Laughton Unit educates and researches in the field of naval history, military theory and maritime strategy to support and shape the evolution of naval history as a tool across a broad spectrum of disciplines and debates in the world around us.
By mastering the naval past, both in theory and practice, this provides the idea basis for furthering our knowledge of the past and comprehending the present and future.
To this end, our mission aims to:
- The unit enshrines permeance for the field of naval history and maritime strategy in British academic and public life.
- To understand the central role of naval history in understanding the past, and evolving thinking for present and future national and global challenges.
- Supports the evolution of naval theory in military doctrine and defence policy while furthering debate on maritime strategy to enhance the knowledge of historians, decision makers and defence professionals within and beyond Britain.
It executes this by:
- By recruiting the leading naval historians of the future by providing a rich and diverse approach to the subject that stretches beyond the disciplinary boundaries of history.
- Explore avenues of research that enhance the subject in breadth, depth and context. These can include national culture, sea/naval power theory, technology, state building and historiography, among others.
- Establish and maintain an international research network for naval history linking British, European, American and global institutions providing both academic and defence education. This synergy has helped to link two distinctive communities that use naval history, bridging an old gap.
- Expanding the understanding of students as well as civilian and military professionals on the role of naval history in understanding the past, and evolving thinking for the present and future, melding naval and cultural perspectives on the sea as a strategic environment in world history.
- Provide a central forum for intellectual exchange for all those who work in or around naval history, naval services, or the maritime environment.
- Enable research to outreach to the widest possible audiences to engage in debates that the naval and maritime world influences.
- Educate and enhance the scholarly and wider debates at both the individual and group levels through the dissemination of high quality research in the form of lectures, seminar, conference presentations, digital engagement, articles, literature and books.
You can read more on outputs and achievements the ‘about’ page.
Our Vision: To provide a global central forum for intellectual exchange on the past, present and future.
Our Mission: Shaping and Supporting the Evolution of Naval History & Maritime Strategy.