Dr Richard Gorski

Philip Nicholas Senior Lecturer in Maritime History/ Head of History Subject Group

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education


01482 465183

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.


Research Interests

Maritime History, broadly defined, but with a focus on the maritime social and labour history of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Research groups

  • Maritime Historical Studies Centre, University of Hull


Gorski R (ed), Roles of the Sea in Medieval England, Boydell Press (2012)

Gorski R, ‘Roles of the Sea: Views from the Shore’, in Roles of the Sea in Medieval England, Gorski R (ed), pp 1-23, Boydell Press (2012), pp.1-23.

Gorski R (ed), Maritime Labour: Contributions to the History of Work at Sea, 1500-2000, Aksant (2007)

Gorski R, The Fourteenth-Century Sheriff: English Local Administration in the Late Middle Ages, Boydell Press, 213 pp (2003)

Gorski R and Boyce G (eds), Resources and Infrastructures in the Maritime Economy, 1500-2000, Research in Maritime History, Vol. 22, International Maritime Economic History Association, St John’s, Newfoundland, 161 pp (2002)


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Global Histories (Level 4)

  • Discovery and Empire(Level 5)

  • Britain and the Slave Trade (Level 6)

  • Seafarers: Life Afloat and Ashore c.1800-1914 (Level 6)

  • Research Project Management for Historians (Level 7)

  • Power, Authority and Freedom in History (Level 7)

Research PhDs

Richard is happy to supervise research in the field of maritime history (19th and early 20th centuries), with particular interests in maritime labour, health/welfare, working life at sea, and the administration of merchant seafaring.

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BA History and Historical Computation, University of Hull (1993)

  • PhD History, University of Hull (2000)