Dr Ann Coats
Associate Professor in Maritime History 29 June 2022
Ann’s research interests focus on dockyard history, heritage and re-use. Examples of publications: ‘From “Floating tombs” to foundations. The contribution of convicts to naval dockyards and ordnance sites’, Age of Sail, 2 (London: Conway, 2003), 28-42, ‘Bermuda Naval Base: Management, Artisans and their Enslaved Workers, 1795–1797 - the Heritage of the 1950 Bermudian Apprentices’, Mariner’s Mirror, 95(2) (May 2009), 149-178, and ‘Dockyard City Heritage: a threatened global cultural legacy’, Institution of Civil Engineers, 164, Municipal Engineer, 3 (September 2011), 175-184.
Lecturing in undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in heritage, Ann currently teaches the heritage of the built environment, its regeneration, management and conservation, and the tangible/intangible heritage of dockyards and their communities, particularly that of Portsea, Portsmouth dockyard’s workforce neighbourhood. She is an experienced PhD supervisor who has also examined external PhDs.
Ann is interested in supervising masters’ and PhD projects on how Portsmouth’s built environment reflects national defence imperatives, why and how naval dockyards have adapted, adaptive re-use of historic buildings, and how civil engineers have shaped Portsmouth. She is also interested in community engagement projects and Portsmouth’s continuing evolution as a maritime city.