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Office: 2.01, 26 St. Michael's Park

Email: Richard.Stone@bristol.ac.uk

Phone:  0117 9287619

Twitter: @Dr_RGStone

I completed my PhD on Bristol’s seventeenth century overseas trade in 2012, and am currently developing this into a research monograph.  This research represented the first attempt to track the evolution of trade over a period of more than a century using the Port Books, a fantastically detailed set of customs records which record every consignment of goods either entering or leaving the country.  This research has challenged many previous perceptions regarding the city’s trade, in particular showing that trade with the American and West Indian colonies developed much faster and much earlier than had previously been assumed, more than fifty years before Bristol became officially involved in the slave trade.    

More broadly I am an economic and maritime historian, with a particular interest in the development of the Atlantic world in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.  Specific research areas include international trade, the growth of the English colonies in the Americas, and Piracy.  I also have a strong interest in local history, with much of my research focusing on the city of Bristol.   

In the summer of 2014 I was co-convenor for the conference ‘The World of the Newport Ship’ at the University of Bristol, and am currently working with Dr. Evan Jones on editing a volume of the conference proceedings.  I am also keen to engage with the local community through my research, and have given a number of public talks on Bristol’s history, as well as being involved in running the Cabot Project Schools Outreach Group.  In terms of media contributions, I have advised BBC’s Coast for a feature on the first Newfoundland colonies, and been interviewed for BBC History Extra about my side interest in The History of Cider


  • Drink and Disorder in Early Modern England (Special Topic – 1st Year)
  • Slavery and the Modern World (Lecture Response – 2nd Year)
  • Pirates (Lecture Response – 3rd Year/MA)
  • Bristol and Slavery (Special Subject - 3rd Year/MA)
  • Dissertations
  • Ways into History: A Pathway to Further Study (Part time course)

Selected Publications:

The Overseas Trade of Bristol before the Civil War’, The International Journal of Maritime History, vol. 23, no. 2, (2011), pp. 211-239.  


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