Professor Joanne Begiato, Head of Department of History, Philosophy and Region, Oxford Brookes University.

Joanne Begiato joined Oxford Brookes in March 2005 from Murray Edwards College, Cambridge where she was a fellow and director of studies in history. Prior to this she was a Junior Research Fellow at Merton College, Oxford and read for her BA and PhD at the University of Durham. Joanne teaches social and cultural history. She specialises in the history of the family, marriage, masculinities, and law. Follow Joanne @JBHist


Dr Steven Gray, Lecturer in the History of the Royal Navy, University of Portsmouth.

Dr Steven Gray is Lecturer in the History of the Royal Navy. His research focuses on British imperial, maritime, transnational, global and transoceanic history. He is particularly interested in the material infrastructures of global networks, and how these facilitated the mobility of goods, people, militaries and empires. He is also part of the Port Towns & Urban Cultures group. Follow Steven @Sjgray86


Dr Isaac  Land, Associate Professor of History, Indiana State University.

Isaac Land is an Associate Professor of History at Indiana State University. He is the author of War, Nationalism, and the British Sailor, 1750-1850, (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) and can be reached at or on Twitter@IsaacLand2


lmc_profile_pic_smallMs Lorna M. Campbell, independant scholar.

Lorna is an independent scholar undertaking a research project with her colleague Heather Noel-Smith  on the 1797 crew of HMS Indefatigable.  Her book, Hornblower’s Historical Shipmates: The Young Gentlemen of Pellew’s Indefatigable, was published in 2016. She is also Chair of the Society for Nautical Research’s Publications Committee and a member of Council. Lorna has an academic background in Archaeology and education technology and currently works as OER Liaison – Open Scotland at the University of Edinburgh. She blogs regularly on a wide range of topics relating to open education, technology and history at Open World. Follow Lorna @LornaMCampbell