Richard Gorski was appointed as the Philip Nicholas Memorial Lecturer in Maritime History in 1998, having taught and researched in various fields beforehand. He graduated from the University and remained at Hull to complete his PhD on medieval local administration. Since then he has worked in the field of 19th- and 20th-century maritime history. His teaching interests include medieval maritime history, overseas outreach and encounter, the slave trade, and modern seafaring and labour history. Although the surname is Polish, Richard was born and raised in County Durham.