Director of Studies:
John Graves, Curator of Ship History at the National Maritime Museum
Serving the Empire: P&O, Design, Identity and Representation, 1837-1969
Drawing on the P & O archive held at the National Maritime Museum’s Caird Library, the research examines the ways in which P & O employed artists and designers to represent its corporate mission and identity, and how this might be understood within the wider contexts of British imperialism.
Dan is an AHRC collaborative doctoral award student working jointly at Middlesex University and the National Maritime Museum (2013-16). The two images here are from a book originally belonging to Dan’s Great-great Uncle Alf who was a steward on P&O ships. The book is called P&O Sketches in Pen and Ink and it humorously depicts daily life on board ship. It was written and illustrated in 1898 by the artist and illustrator Harry Furniss.
More generally Dan has a broad range of interests in culture, creativity and the everyday.
For more information on the history of P&O and to view a wonderful range of their art and design work, please see the P&O heritage website at www.poheritage.com
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