Dr Robb Robinson was born in Hull. His parents were both from Hessle Road families variously involved in fishing and ‘big boats’ for generations. He graduated from Hull University with a degree in Economic and Social History and later pursued research for his PhD on the English fishing industry. He has worked in the field of British and North Atlantic fisheries history, whaling and also the maritime history of Hull and the Yorkshire coast.
He is a Trustee of the British Commission for Maritime History Treasurer of the North Atlantic Fisheries History Association and worked with colleagues from various countries on the production of a two volume History of the North Atlantic Fisheries. He also has an interest in the Great War at sea from the perspective of the smaller vessels involved and also the island of South Georgia. His teaching interests include National and International Fisheries History, Whaling and the Maritime History of the Yorkshire Coast and the North Sea.
He is strongly committed to raising awareness of Hull and the East Riding’s long and in many ways unique involvement with the world’s seaways and oceans and to using the related history and many associated successes stories s a means of widening horizons.