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Edward Armston-Sheret

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Advanced Study, University of London

Ed Armston-Sheret is the Alan Pearsall Fellow in Naval and Maritime History at the Institute of Historical Research. His research uses a focus on the body to rethink the history of exploration. In doing so, his work draws attention to the experiences and contributions of those ignored within mainstream histories of geography, including women, people of colour, and the working class. He is also interested in human-animal relations and the relationship between alcohol and travel. His work has been published in the Journal of Historical Geography, Geography Compass, The British Journal for the History of Science, the Victorian Review, and The Social History of Alcohol and Drugs.

Ed’s scholarship to date has been recognised by the AHRC through the award of a three-month Fellowship at the Huntington Library in California. He has also been awarded an American Geographical Society Library Fellowship to visit the organisation's archive in Milwaukee and a Royal Historical Society grant to support research at the National Library of Scotland.

Alongside his academic work, Ed has experience in the museum sector, having been awarded the British Society for the History of Science Engagement Fellowship at the Scott Polar Research Institute's Polar Museum in Cambridge. In this role, Ed researched and curated a new exhibition on the contribution of polar explorers to understandings of climate change. Ed is also undertaking a curatorial research role at the London Transport Museum.


  • 2021–present
    Research and Higher Education Assistant, Royal Geographical Society (with Institute of British Geographers)
  • 2022–present
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Historical Research, School of Advanced Study
  • 2017–2021
    Doctoral Researcher , Royal Holloway, University of London


  • 2021 
    Royal Holloway, PhD Human Geography