David A. Williams

David A. Williams


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    Research interests (short)

    Working PhD title: "Britain and the Sea: Constructing Englishness and the Maritime Cultural Landscape c.1837-1914."


    My work examines the use of imagery of the maritime world and the maritime cultural landscape alongside physical interactions with this scape in the process of Identity creation and engagement by Victorians and Edwardians. Situated within the Maritime turn of the humanities as well as New Thalassology, this research illuminates the landlocked nature of national identity research for Britain and England along with demonstrating relational interactions between England and the maritime cultural landscape in identity work. 


    The sea’s unique characteristics as a scape, which stems from the very nature of the scape, has often been the cause of its silencing in research from a range of fields, makes it a potent and highly variable space for Victorian and Edwardians to engaged in banal national relationships affirming and developing their sense of identity.

    Research interests (short)

    • Nationalism and Identity
    • Material Culture and Identity
    • Maritime History
    • Idenitity Production and Reflection in National Museums.
    • Seablindness in the Contemporary World

    Education/Academic qualification

    Museums and Contemporary Culture, Master of Arts, Intellectual Barriers in Museums: Self-Led Trails and Places of Belonging Through Reflections of Identity in Art


    Award Date: 1 Jun 2021

    World History & Culture, Master of Arts, Title: Britains and the Sea: Maritime Landscape and English Identity in the Long 19th Century., King's College London (KCL)



    • D204 Modern History
    • Maritime
    • Great Britain
    • Identity
    • Nationhood
    • Museum Studies
    • Museums
    • British History
    • Global History


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