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Peter Boyd-Smith

Independent Governor

Board of Governors

Role at Solent

Peter joined the board in February 2012 and is currently a member of the governance committee.


Peter is a company director and entrepreneur with over forty years' experience in retailing. His business, Cobwebs, specialises in advising on and supplying maritime artefacts and collectibles, particularly those of the great ocean liners. He was delighted when his company won the 'Top Collectibles Shop in Britain' in the British Antiques and Collectors' Awards. Peter offers guidance and advice to museums, shipping companies, film and television companies and individual collectors alike. He was a consultant and advisor on US projects including Titanic exhibitions in Orlando, Memphis and St Petersburg in Florida. He has advised on numerous films and television and radio programmes including James Cameron's Titanic and the ITV mini-series Titanic, written by Julian Fellowes. Peter has written several books on ocean liners and on the history of Southampton. He also lectures on British maritime history for the major cruise companies.

Committee membership

  • Governance Committee.