Dr Chris Corker was born in Sheffield and has lived in the city ever since. He has researched the steel and armaments industry in Sheffield for over a decade and is now branching into research on the metalworking industries in the Hallamshire area from the late 13th Century to the present. He completed his PhD in business history at Sheffield Hallam University in December 2016, titled ‘The Business and Technology of the Sheffield Armaments Industry 1900-1930’. The following year he was awarded the annual Coleman Prize for excellence in new business history research by the Association of Business Historians for his doctoral work. He is also a recipient of the Emerald Literati Prize for the best article in the Journal of Management History in 2018. In the last two years Chris has also presented research on Sheffield steel and armaments companies at international business and economic history conferences in Montreal, Canada; Oklahoma City, and Detroit, USA; Jyvaskyla, Finland; and across the UK. On Remembrance Sunday 2018 Chris was curator and lead speaker at the 'Sheffield's Great War' event at the Sheffield City Hall in aid of the Royal British Legion. He currently works at the University of York where he is a Lecturer in Management.
Speaker this month -- Dr Chris Corker
The role Sheffield played in munitions production during the Great War is somewhat legendary, with the great factories of the city's east end turning out shells by the million, yet Sheffield's role as a global centre of armaments production in the Victorian and Edwardian period is sometimes forgotten. This talk examines some of the great names in the history of Sheffield steel - John Brown, Thomas Firth, Charles Cammell, Vickers and Hadfields - and charts the entry each company made into armaments production through to the city becoming the most famous producer of armaments products and armaments technological development anywhere in the world on the eve of the Great War