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Professor Bradley Beaven

Professor of Social and Cultural History

Bradley Beaven


Dr Brad Beaven is a Professor of Social and Cultural History and has worked at the University of Portsmouth since 1994. He has published widely on urban popular culture in Britain in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He is author of Leisure, Citizenship and Working-Class Culture, 1850-1945 (2005), Visions of Empire: Patriotism, Popular Culture and the City, 1850-1939 

(2012) and Dickens and the Victorian City (with Patricia Pulham, 2012). He has contributed on working-class leisure for both BBC radio and television programmes, most recently, The Golden Age of Coach Travel (2011) and British Passions on Film (2012).

He leads the Port Towns and Urban Cultures research group which is dedicated to furthering our understanding of the social and cultural impact of life in port towns from the eighteenth century to the modern period.

He is currently researching port town urban culture in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, focusing on the topography of sailor towns. Brad is an experienced doctoral supervisor and welcomes PhD applicants interested in popular culture and the city c.1800-1945.

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