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Dr Ann Coats

  • Qualifications: BA MA DPhil FHEA
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer
  • Address: Portland Building, Portland Street, Portsmouth UK PO1 3AH UK
  • Telephone: +44 (0)23 9284 2930
  • Email: ann.coats@port.ac.uk
  • Department: School of Civil Engineering & Surveying
  • Faculty: Faculty of Technology

Biography

I was awarded a DPhil by the University of Sussex in 2000 for The economy of the navy and Portsmouth: a discourse between the civilian naval administration of Portsmouth dockyard and the surrounding communities, 1650 to 1800.

I have presented over thirty papers on maritime and heritage themes, I've edited and published three books on maritime history, and I've published a number of articles, including four in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. I founded and I am the secretary of the Naval Dockyards Society. I also founded and coordinate the Porter’s Garden in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Since 2000, I have taught on the MA Maritime Studies and MSc Heritage and Museum Studies courses, concerned with maritime history, museology, heritage and the built environment. From 2004-2007, I participated in the European Union MarMuCommerce partnership to make Maritime Museums more commercially competitive.

I am the coordinator of MSc Heritage and Museum Studies and I supervise Distance Learning Health and Safety research methods.

I am particularly interested in the re-use of dockyards in Bermuda, Malta and Gibraltar and the ongoing impact of their closure on their communities and built environment today. I currently advise heritage organisations in Sheerness on planning applications for Sheerness Dockyard, and I advise the Friends of Plymouth Naval Base Museum on the future of their museum.

In 2009, MSc Heritage and Museum Studies was accredited by the Nautical Archaeological Society. Students are able to use the MSc as equivalent learning for the NAS Part III Advanced Certificate in Foreshore and Underwater Archaeology.

Professional Memberships
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (FRHistS)
  • Fellow of Forum UNESCO University and Heritage (FFUUH)

Teaching Responsibilities

  • History and re-use of UK home and overseas naval dockyards - especially Portsmouth Dockyard
  • Tangible and intangible heritage of dockyards and their communities
  • Heritage of Portsea, Portsmouth Dockyard neighbourhood
  • Built environment/heritage: regeneration/management/conservation

Research

Research publications concerning the history and re-use of dockyards, mutiny and convicts
  • History and re-use of UK home and overseas naval dockyards - especially Portsmouth Dockyard
  • Tangible and intangible heritage of dockyards and their communities
  • Portsea Heritage
  • Built environment/heritage: regeneration/management/conservation
  • A three-year Historic England / Naval Dockyards Society project culminated in 20th Century Naval Dockyards: Devonport and Portsmouth Characterisation Report (2015)
Dockyard engineering history and heritage conservation
  • Portsmouth’s 20th Century evolution: how have Portsmouth’s built environment solutions reflected national defence imperatives? (archival research, site visit, interviews, case study)
  • Naval Dockyards: why and how have they adapted over a selected period? (archival research, site visit, case study)
  • Docks: why and how have they adapted over a selected period? (archival research, site visit, case study)
  • Civil engineering innovations in Portsmouth Dockyard in a selected period (archival research, site visit, case study)
  • Civil engineers: how have they shaped Portsmouth? (archival research, interview, site visit, case study)
  • Regeneration of heritage buildings: what obstacles constrain this? (archival research, interview, site visit, case study)
  • Adaptive re-use of a selected heritage building (archival research, interview, site visit, case study)
  • What financial and social benefits derive from regenerating heritage buildings? (interview, site visit, case study)
  • (Evaluating) a development project involving community engagement (survey, site visit, case study)
PhD Supervision (if applicable)
  • Victoria Woodman, Speak For Themselves: The Experiences of Naval Wives and Families During The Falklands Campaign (1982)
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