Dr Martin Wilcox

Lecturer in History

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education
  • School of Histories Languages and Cultures


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.



- Exploring the Past

- Thinking About the Past

- 90% of Everything: Shipping and Society since 1650

- 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

Book Chapter

Dock Development 1778-1914

Wilcox, M. (2017). Dock Development 1778-1914. In D. J. Starkey, D. Atkinson, B. McDonagh, E. Salter, & S. McKeon (Eds.), Hull: Culture, history, place, 117-144. Liverpool University Press

Journal Article

'To Save the Industry from Complete Ruin': Crisis and Response in British Fishing 1945-1951

Wilcox, M. (in press). ‘To Save the Industry from Complete Ruin’: Crisis and Response in British Fishing 1945-1951. Business history,

Postgraduate supervision

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