Nov 22 2022

Jack Tar’s Retirement: The Greenwich Pensioners’ with Dr Callum Easton

Callum Easton is currently a Caird Research Fellow at the National Maritime Museum, studying Greenwich Seamen’s Hospital and the lives of its residents. He received his PhD in 2020 for his work on the Spithead and Nore mutinies of 1797. In all of his work, Callum seeks to draw links between maritime history and major themes in wider social and economic history.


The Royal Hospital Greenwich was, between 1705 and 1869, home to veteran naval sailors. Greenwich Hospital was not only a residential charity, but also a versatile tool of national policy. This talk has two objectives. Firstly, using sources ranging from paintings, caricatures, and poems, it will trace the changing portrayal of Greenwich pensioners from drunk and jolly old sea dogs to elderly heroes: custodians of the secrets of naval glory. Secondly, information drawn from the institution’s admission records will be used to compare the popular perceptions of Greenwich pensioners to the (rather more complex and surprising) reality.

Exploding the Archive is a student-led initiative which hopes to explore some of the important themes within archival research and to create an engaging and open online meeting space for PhD researchers working with a variety of archival material to discuss the challenges they are facing in the archives.

All the online sessions are free. 

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