Ghostlore, Urban Space and Local Memory in Victorian Portsmouth

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Portsmouth's dominant historical narrative is a simple one: it is both home and handmaiden to the Royal Navy. This paper draws upon the town's nineteenth and early twentieth-century folklore to show the existence of alternative histories and localised understandings of spaces and places. It also shows how this was frequently at odds with Victorian Portsmouth's efforts to develop a more modern, civic image. In doing so, this talk argues for the importance of studying local folklore and the way it can disturb some of our familiar historical narratives. Talk by Dr Karl Bell, University of Portsmouth. £1 to attend, students free.