The Gloucester Project

Professor Claire Jowitt

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Claire Jowitt is Principal Investigator on The Gloucester Project. She joined the University of East Anglia in 2015 as Associate Dean for Research for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and Professor of Renaissance Studies. She has published seven books and more than fifty essays and chapters on maritime history and culture and travel writing studies. She is a General Editor of the new Oxford University Press edition of Richard Hakluyt’s The Principal Navigations (1598−1600), co-edits Amsterdam University Press’s Maritime Humanities 1400−1800: Cultures of the Sea book series, and is an elected member of the Council of the Hakluyt Society.


Dr Benjamin Redding

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Benjamin Redding is Senior Research Associate on The Gloucester Project. He joined the School of History at the University of East Anglia in 2020. He has published essays and chapters on early modern naval history, several of which have explored the design, decoration, and iconography of warships. His recent book The English and French Navies, 1500-1650: Expansion, Organisation and State-Building was published by Boydell & Brewer in 2022.

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Jared Butler

Jared Butler is undertaking a PhD in the School of History at the University of East Anglia. His project 'A Comparative History of the Supply and Maintenance of the English Navy c. 1649–1688' explores how issues of supply and maintenance affected the service of the third-rate frigates built in the 1652 building programme. He is presenting his first paper based on the project at the international Britain and the World Conference 2022, Plymouth, which is entitled '"Naval Evolution during the Interregnum": The Rise of English Sea Power, 1649−1660'.