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Dr James Davey

Public engagement

I ensure that my work is disseminated to the widest possible audiences, whether though exhibitions, lectures, media appearances and popular books. My background in museums has shown me first-hand how academic research can be shared in popular formats to engage new audiences. I have been involved in outreach work with people of different social backgrounds, families, schools and adult-learners, as well as co-curation work.

Specific projects I have worked on include:

  • Lead curator on a HLF-funded gallery at the National Maritime Museum entitled ‘Tudor and Stuart Seafarers’ which is due to open in May 2018.
  • Co-curator on the National Maritime Museum’s flagship gallery ‘Nelson, Navy, Nation’, which opened in 2013.
  • Lead-curator on the ‘Broadsides! Caricature and the Navy, 1775-1815’ exhibition, which was open from 25 October 2012 to the 27 February 2013.

I continue to be involved with projects at the National Maritime Museum, and I am keen to develop new opportunities for public engagement with other cultural heritage centres.


Contribution to discipline

I have served on the Council of the Society for Nautical Research since 2011, and joined its Publications Committee in 2014. I have been a Council member of Navy Records Society since 2014. I am also joint-editor of the Journal for Maritime Research.