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Dr Brad Beaven

  • Role Title: Professor in Social and Cultural History
  • Address: Milldam, Burnaby Road, Portsmouth PO1 3AS
  • Telephone: 023 9284 2278
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  • Department: School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


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, 2009 paperback edn), Visions of Empire: Patriotism, Popular Culture and the City, 1850-1939, (2012, 2017 paperback edn) and Dickens and the Victorian City (with Patricia Pulham, 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.  His current research explores the sailortown district of London’s Ratcliffe Highway in the nineteenth century.

Brad teaches on the history BA (hons) undergraduate courses, specialising in popular culture and the city in the era of empire between 1800 and 1939.  He also teaches on the MA in Naval history (DL) and the MRes course.  He is an experienced PhD supervisor  who is regularly invited to externally examine PhDs.

Brad is a Co-Investigator for the AHRC Gateways to the First World War engagement centre, a consortium of Universities that encourages and supports public interest in the centenary of the First World War. 


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