Defence Heritage

Dr. Celia Clark is an expert on the transition of former defence sites to civilian uses. 

She initiated a series of conference organised by the Wessex Institute of Technology: Defence Sites Heritage and Future held in Portsmouth in 2012, Venice Arsenale in 2014; the next will be in Alicante from 4-6 May 2016 (  She is currently editing a book about the sustainable regeneration of ex-military sites across the world - due to be published in 2016.  She is a committee member of the Naval Dockyards Society (


Her master's degree dissertation at Oxford Brookes focussed on the future of four historic dockyards - in Portsmouth, Plymouth, Chatham and Venice Arsenale. She extended this research in her report: Vintage Ports: differing futures for historic dockyards across Europe published by the University of the West of England in 2000, which was welcomed by defence ministries in several countries. Naval Dockyards Society She currently is working on a book exploring how historic dockyard towns across the world are reinvented themselves following defence cuts and closures, to be published by the Wessex Institute of Technology. The proposal to inscribe Portsmouth Harbour, the Isle of Wight and Spithead onto the World Heritage list -


Venice Arsenale