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Dr Ann Coats

Senior Lecturer

Ann Coats


Ann was awarded a DPhil by the University of Sussex in 2000 for her thesis: ‘The economy of the navy and Portsmouth: a discourse between the civilian naval administration of Portsmouth dockyard and the surrounding communities, 1650 to 1800’. She has presented over thirty papers on maritime and heritage themes and published four books and a number of articles on maritime history. She is founder/chair of the Naval Dockyards Society and founder/coordinator of the Porter’s Garden in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Teaching responsibilities

From 2000 Ann taught at the University of Portsmouth on the MA Maritime Studies and MSc Heritage and Museum Studies, concerned with maritime history, museology, heritage and the built environment. In 2007 she became Senior Lecturer Heritage Property and Course Coordinator of MSc Heritage and Museum Studies until 2011. She currently runs the Portsea Heritage Project.

Research Interests

Ann’s research interests focus on the impact of dockyard closures on their communities and built environment and their re-use. She is currently Project Manager and Researcher for English Heritage’s NHPCP6265 C20 Naval Dockyards Devonport and Portsmouth Characterisation Study.

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