MarineLives is an innovative academic/public history hybrid for the collaborative transcription, linkage and enrichment of primary manuscripts, which were originated in the High Court of Admiralty, London, 1650-1669. The end product will be a publicly and freely available online academic edition under a CC by 3.0 licence. It is run as a not-for-profit organisation. For further information see our blog The Shipping News.
Our leadership and advisory team
MarineLives is led and advised by an all volunteer leadership and advisory team. It has three co-directors.
Colin Greenstreet is co-founder and co-director of the project. Decidedly not an academic, he studied human sciences, philosophy, politics and economics at the University of Oxford, and was the recipient of a Kennedy Scholarship to study at Harvard Business School. His career has been spent in finance, consulting, pharmaceutical R&D, and as an entrepreneur, most recently in Mumbai and London. Somehow he never got round to studying history.
Jill Wilcox is co-founder and co-director of the project. Jill's passion for family history led her to complete a history degree at the University of Hertfordshire as a mature student. Subsequently, she has spent thirteen years as a high school teacher and head of department. She has recently completed a MEd in leading teaching and learning at the University of Cambridge. Throughout her career Jill has used technology to engage and assist her students in their learning.
Philip Hnatkovich is co-founder and co-director of the project. Philip is an early modern social historian with research interests in English and French merchant communities, empire, seafaring religion, refugee diasporas, and marine science. He received his Ph.D. from Penn State University in 2014. His current research, in manuscript, examines mass privateering and political organization among English and French Channel ports during the sixteenth-century Wars of Religion, which he posits as the origin point for early northern commercial and colonial enterprise in the Americas.
Dr Charlene Eska (Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech) and Dr Richard Blakemore (Associate Research Fellow, University of Exeter, England). We have also benefited in the past from the involvement of William Tullett (PhD candidate, who is doing a fascinating dissertation on the history of smell at King's College, London, England), from Giovanni Colavizza (Research Assistant, École Polytéchnique Féderale de Lausanne, who has done all our coding as well as being a great historian), from Alex Jackson (masters in Public History); and from Dr Stuart Dunn (Lecturer, Centre for e-research, King's College, London, England)
Volunteer facilitators and associates on our first collaborative transcription programme, September 2012 - March 2013
Deborah Ashby (Graduate in History (with English) from University of Keele), Rachel Bates (Graduate of Master's programme in History at University of Portsmouth), Katie Broke (Westminster School), Elio Calcagno (Master's student in International Relations, University of Nottingham), Giovanni Colavizza (now Research Assistant at École Polytéchnique Féderale de Lausanne), Dr Janet Few (Self-employed historical interpreter, lecturer, local and family historian), Jamie LeAnne Hager Goodall (PhD candidate in History, Ohio State University), Colin Greenstreet (Co-director, MarineLives), Karen Gunnell (Freelance archivist), Dr Liam Haydon (PhD in Milton studies at University of Manchester, post-doctoral fellow, now in department of History, University of Kent), Philip Hnatkovich (PhD candidate in Early Modern French and Atlantic History, Penn State), Alex Jackson (Graduate of Masters programme at University of Sheffield, Museum educationalist), Sue Jones (PhD candidate, Birkbeck College, University of London), William Kellett (GAP year student, now University of Cambridge), David Pashley (Retired healthcare administrator and classicist), Dr Cathryn Pearce Boyd (Academic and freelance historian, specialising in Marine History), Patrizia Rebulla (Master's programme in Digital Humanities at Trinity College, Dublin, and Project Manager, In Mozart's Words), Daniel Richards (Westminster School, now at University of Bristol studying History), Margaret Schotte (PhD candidate in History of Science, Princeton University), Laura Seymour (PhD candidate in department of English, Birkbeck College, University of London), Ida Sjoberg (Westminster School), Gordon O'Sullivan (Master's programme in Digital Humanities at Trinity College, Dublin, now freelance project manager), Alexis Harasemovitch Truax (PhD candidate in History, University of Texas at Austin), William Tullett (Master's, now PhD candidate, at King's College, University of London, in department of History), Jill Wilcox (High school teacher and co-director, MarineLives)
PhD forum participants, Fall 2012
Dr Richard Blakemore (Associate Research Fellow, University of Exeter, England), Dr Janet Few (Self-employed historical interpreter, lecturer, local and family historian), Jamie LeAnne Hager Goodall (PhD candidate in History, Ohio State University), Philip Hnatkovich (Early Modernist and PhD candidate, Penn State), Dr Liam Haydon (PhD in Milton studies at University of Manchester, post-doctoral fellow, now in department of History, University of Kent), Elin Jones (Queen Mary's College, University of London), Katherine Parker (University of Pittsburgh), Dr Cathryn Pearce Boyd (Academic and freelance historian, specialising in Marine History), Margaret Schotte (PhD candidate in History of Science, Princeton University), Steven Schrum (University of Washington, Saint Louis), Laura Seymour (PhD candidate in department of English, Birkbeck College, University of London), Royline Williams-Fontenelle (University of Oklahoma, Norman)
Our research programme, 2014-2015
MarineLives has established an ambitious collaborative research programme for 2014 and 2015, which is available on request. Its research programme involves partnerships with the departments of History and Creative Computing at Bath Spa University (England), the Data and Web Science Group within the department of Informatics at the University of Mannheim (Germany), and the department of History at the University of St. Andrews (Scotland). We are also exploring potential collaboration with individuals and departments at the University of Ancona (Italy) and the École Polytéchnique Féderale de Lausanne.
To explore our resources try:
To learn about our technology platform please read: Colin Greenstreet and Jill Wilcox, Digital Humanities and Technical partnership: a Discussion Document, July 23rd 2013
To try our transcription plaform click on: MarineLives-Transcript
To sample some of our content try: Philip Hnatkovich & Colin Greenstreet, Owners Adventure, 1656: Case study of a London whaling ship (Exeter, September 12 2013)