Dr Martin Wilcox

Lecturer in History

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education


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Dr Martin Wilcox’s research has encompassed various aspects of modern British maritime history.  In particular, he has worked on the Royal Navy in the eighteenth and nineteenth century, especially in terms of logistics and organisation and the interaction of the Navy with wider society.  He has also worked on the British fishing industry in the 19th and 20th centuries, and on maritime labour and the history of ports.

He gained his MA and PhD from the University of Hull, before joining Greenwich Maritime Institute as a postdoctoral fellow.  He returned to the University of Hull in 2014.

He is Director of the North of England Consortium for Arts and Humanities, a member of the Council of the Navy Records Society and Reviews Editor for the International Journal of Maritime History


Research Interests

  • Maritime history
  • Fisheries history
  • Naval history
  • Modern economic and social history

Research groups

  • North of England Consortium for Arts and Humanities


(with Roger Knight), Sustaining the Fleet 1793-1815: War, the British Navy and the Contractor State, Boydell & Brewer, 2010

(with Roger Knight), ‘War, Government and the Market: The Direction of the Debate on the British Contractor State, c1740-1815,’ in S. Solbes and R. Torres Sanchez (eds), The Contractor State and its Implications, 1659-1815, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 2012

‘To Save the Industry from Complete Ruin: Crisis and Response in British Fishing, 1945-1951.’  Forthcoming: Business History.

‘The “Poor Decayed Seamen” of Greenwich Hospital, 1705-1763' International Journal of Maritime History, XXV, 2013

Full list 


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list


  • Exploring the Past
  • Thinking About the Past
  • Commanding the Oceans: Seapower and British Ascendancy, 1688-1815


  • Practising Modern History
  • Modern Arts and Humanities: Interdisciplinary Research in the Digital Age
  • Public Arts and Humanities: Research Impact and Entrepreneurship

Research PhDs

Dr Martin Wilcox welcomes enquiries from prospective postgraduate students interested in any aspect of modern British maritime history.

Current PhD Supervisions 

  • Joe Varley, The effects of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars on Cork 1790- 1830


Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BA in History, University of Durham, 2000
  • MA in Maritime History, University of Hull, 2002
  • PhD in History, University of Hull, 2006

External roles

  • Book Reviews Editor, International Journal of Maritime History
  • Editoral Board Member, Troze
  • Editorial Board member, Society for Nautical Research
  • Member of the Council of the Navy Records Society.