Roger Marsters

Curator of History

Roger Marsters is our Curator of History. Like many Nova Scotians, he comes from a long line of shipbuilders and seafarers: toddling gingerly around the cranes and rising hulls of the Halifax Shipyard counts among his earliest memories. A seasoned marine and cultural historian, his doctoral dissertation examines the relation of indigenous maritime knowledge to hydrographic mapping projects during the 18th and 19th centuries. He is fascinated by the immense range of people’s experience with the marine environment—as professional seafarers, recreational boaters, as makers and consumers of culture. “Contact with the sea—physical or imaginative—changes people, impressing them with its openness and power. I aim to make the sea’s transformative influence as widely accessible as I possibly can.”