Welcome to 2022 and the Maritime Heritage Trust e-newsletter.
As the only national membership organisation for the maritime preservation sector, we support our members – individual ship owners and small voluntary groups – in caring for the UK's rich maritime heritage and building a strong future for historic vessels.

We look forward to bringing you news from our members, our special events and all things maritime heritage in the UK and beyond.
What will 2022 bring to our projects? Like many in the heritage sector we start this year with a mix of relief at the progress on Covid and uncertainty as to how far we can recover lost ground and move forward?  Operating and safeguarding vessels, keeping our projects relevant and finding new people to share them is still a challenge

Getting on board! Trainees from National Historic Ships UK’s Shipshape Training 2 Programme on the Tamar Barge Lynher of 1896
See https://tamarbarge.org.uk                                                           Photo: NHS UK

MHT / NHS Webinar Series

A programme developed by The Maritime Heritage Trust  together with National Historic Ships UK on current critical issues.

The next is on 3 March at 7.30pm
“Getting on board? How do we attract new people and reach a wider audience for historic vessels?”

This  webinar will discuss techniques for attracting new people and reaching a wider audience to support, visit and volunteer on historic ships, using social media, online promotion and community “offer” with contributions from a range of projects across the UK, a speaker panel and time for questions from attendees.
This is an online event

Book you place at Eventbrite

Presenters will include:

  • Ash Faire-Ring, one of the new generation of crowdfunded boat restorers using social media as part of rebuilding the 1922 built sailing barge yacht Growler https://www.facebook.com/bargegrowler/ 
  • Charlotte Squire is Project Manager for SS Freshspring, a unique steamship now preserved at Bideford, Devon, https://ssfreshspring.co.uk/ 
  • Liz Power is Director of the London Museum of Water and Steam at Brentford, which tells the story of London’s water supply, whose team developed extra community activities in responding to Covid restrictions museum.  https://waterandsteam.org.uk/
  • Gareth Maeer is a Director of Raybel Charters, a maritime heritage social enterprise in the Thames Estuary – part business, part campaign, part arts project, https://raybelcharters.com/
  • Victoria Wallworth, National Historic Ships UK https://www.nationalhistoricships.org.uk/ is Policy, Projects and Course Manager at National Historic Ships UK has helped develop NHS-UK’s promotion and engagement strategy via online events and social media campaigns.

Further follow up individual webinar events in 2022 are planned on delivering community and individual benefits (likely date 24 March); and later in the year - co-operation through clusters; attracting funding and helping the sector find a more sustainable future. 

Did you miss the previous MHT/NHS UK webinar on 5 January
Historic ships – time for a new approach?
Now available on YouTube

Richard Titchener https://www.seachangesailingtrust.org.uk highlighted new opportunities around sustainability and working better together, drawing on experience with Blue Mermaid, a new build replica Thames Sailing Barge for sail training for age 8 to those living with dementia for which £0.75M had been fund raised over 10 years. 
Dan Cross of www.thedanny.co.uk looked at how the preservation movement had to change from early enthusiast passion to running a business and facing real challenges. Of 15 projects in the north west in the last 15 years, only 4 vessels could be considered as “safe”, 5 were at risk, while the remainder has been broken up sunk or been relocated to other areas. New thinking was needed including better fund-raising, community and local government support..

Watch the video on YouTube  

Friends Visits
These had to be postponed during the period of Covid restrictions but we
hope to restart these shortly. Watch this space.

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MHT Supports Heritage Harbour groups
There continues to be great interest in this concept on which we are also jointly working with National Historic Ships UK and we hope to have a discussion with Historic England in the near future.
Several new locations are in active discussion with our lead Trustee on this topic, Brian Corbett and we will update on this in the next newsletter.

What is the future for Maritime Heritage Trust?

Following our transition last year to form a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, we are conducting a review of our activities in order to renew the organisation and better target our programme of work into the future. We want to ensure that our work and activities are effective in raising the profile of maritime heritage and address the needs of our members and other marine and heritage organisations that wish to work alongside us.

We are contacting a range of members to hear their views on priorities, needs and opportunities. If you haven’t heard from us we would really like to hear your views and we are also looking for new Trustees. If you are able to help on either or both please contact info@maritimeheritage.org.uk  

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