Since 2015, THEMT has been engaged in a five-year programme of research with the Laughton Naval History Unit at King’s College, London, under the direction of Professor Andrew Lambert. Fellow of The Royal Historical Society. His many books include Admirals; Nelson: Britannia’s God of War; Franklin: Tragic Hero of Polar Navigation and The Challenge: Britain Against America in the Naval War of 1812 which was awarded the coveted Anderson Medal. His highly successful history of the Royal Navy, War at Sea, was broadcast on BBC2. He has been described as ‘The outstanding British naval historian of his generation.
Andrew Lambert is Laughton Professor of Naval History in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. After completing his early research in the department, he went on to teach at the Royal Naval Staff College, Greenwich, and the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. He is Director of the Laughton Naval History Unit at King’s, and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He is the author of many books beginning with Battleships in Transition: The Creation of the Steam Battlefleet: 1815-1860 (Conway, 1984), through The Crimean War: British Grand Strategy Against Russia, 1853-1856 (Manchester, 1990) to The Challenge: Britain Against America in the Naval War of 1812 (Faber, 2012) for which he was awarded the Anderson Medal, and Seapower States; Maritime Culture, Continental Empires, and the Conflict that made the Modern World (Yale, 2018). Described as “the outstanding British naval historian of his generation”, his acclaimed history of the Royal Navy, War at Sea, was broadcast on BBC2. Commanding the Channel will provide a worthy medium for an exposition of Professor Lambert’s scholarship.
Alexander Howlett received his PhD from the Defence Studies Department of King’s College London in January 2019. His dissertation examined the evolution of naval aviation in Britain during the First World War, specifically the development of the multifaceted Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS), a pioneering air power organisation that was merged with the Royal Flying Corps to create the Royal Air Force in April 1917. Dr. Howlett has presented papers on the RNAS and anti-submarine warfare at the McMullen Naval History Symposium, US Naval Academy, Annapolis, and at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. Dr.Howlett’s paper examines the Royal Navy’s combined arms approach to trade protection and anti-submarine warfare in the English Channel, including the Channel Islands, 1914-1918.
Anna Brinkman was awarded her PhD from the Department of War Studies at King’s College London in 2017, focussing on eighteenth century prize law as an instrument of British foreign policy towards Spain and Holland. She has taught a number of graduate courses at King’s College on imperial and maritime history, as well as Junior Officer Development Courses for the Defence Academy at the Joint Services Command and Staff College, Shrivenham. She is a Research Fellow in the Department of Hispanic Studies at the University of Warwick, currently working on the AHRC funded project ‘Imperial Entanglements: Transoceanic Basque Networks in British and Spanish Colonialism and their Legacy.’ Privateering in Channel Islands’ waters remains a subject of great interest, and interpretation of prize law plays an integral part in its understanding.
In November 2017, The Henry Euler Memorial Trust concluded a two-year agreement with IRHiS (L’Institut de Recherches Historiques de Septentrion) at the Université de Lille, under the direction of Jean de Préneuf, Senior Lecturer in Contemporary History, and also Head of Research, Teaching and Study, at the French Ministry of Defence Historical Branch, SHD-Vincennes. Project HIMARIAN (Histoire maritime des îles anglo-normandes) will coordinate the work of participating members from the maritime history departments of the Universities of Lille, Caen, Le Havre, Brest and the Service Historique de la Défense, in its contribution to the international Symposium to be held in Alderney in September 2019 together with the publication of the papers, the production of an accompanying exhibition, and a guide to French sources on Channel Islands maritime history. The supporting organisations – in addition to those mentioned above – will comprise PEMAR/ MRSH (Le Pôle Espaces Maritimes working with La Maison de la Recherche en Sciences Humaines at Caen), and the GIS Maritime History Network (GIS d’Histoire & Sciences de la Mer).
Michel Aumont was elected Chairman of the Société française d’histoire maritime (SFHM) in 2017, under the patronage of UNESCO. He obtained a PhD in June 2010 from the University of Caen Basse-Normandie with a doctoral thesis on the privateers of the French harbour of Granville in Normandy (1688-1815). He has since broadened his research into new areas and topics concerning maritime history generally (fishing, economy, populations, life on board, etc.). He is frequently invited to present lectures, and regularly publishes articles and books on these subjects. He recently retired from the University of Caen in Normandy as chargé de cours, where he qualified as a university lecturer in 2012. He is still a researcher at the Centre de recherches d’histoire quantitative (CRHQ) at Caen University, specialising in French and Channel privateering and European maritime history. He is currently working on a collaborative study of European privateer captains for a critical survey of French sea power from the 1540s to 1815.
Isabelle Delumeau teaches history at the French Naval Academy in Brest. She holds a PhD in history from the University of Southern Brittany at Lorient, with a dissertation on the history of French hydrography in the 19th century, in which the Dépôt des cartes et plans was responsible for collecting geographical data for producing nautical charts and providing the fleet and merchant seamen with nautical publications. Surveys were conducted by engineers and also by naval officers in a strategy aimed at defending the coasts in the event of a naval war against Great Britain. The difficult waters between the Channel Islands and the coasts of France hold a very special place in these plans. She is a member of the Fédération de recherche, histoire et archéologie maritime – Université Paris-Sorbonne, and has contributed articles to the Revue d’histoire maritime (25), Le navire à la mer with Olivier Chaline, and the Revue Maritime (495), Usages et représentations de la carte nautique du XVIIe au XIXe siècle.
Éric Saunier is a Senior Lecturer in modern history at the University of Havre-Normandie, an elected member of the Conseil national des universités since 2012, editor in chief of the Revue du philanthrope and a member of the editorial committee of the revue Annales de Normandie. He obtained a doctorate at the University of Rouen on the social aspects of masonry in France, and went on to edit L’Encyclopédie de la Franc-maçonnerie (3ed. 2008). He then re-directed his interest towards urban maritime history in the 18th century and the development of port cities, with contributions to the series, Atlantic Studies, looking at the impact of colonial relations in general and the treatment of negro immigrants in particular. He is co-author of a number of publications on the social history of ports, the most recent being the Histoire Du Havre (2017) with Professor John Barzman, recording the research carried out at the university over 20 years.