Another busy year for National Historic Ships UK


Since January 2016 we have submitted over 20 major grant application advice reports to funding agencies.

These include The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), National Heritage Memorial Fund, Arts Council England, and The Wolfson Fund; case work is highest yet, ranging from vessel conservation advice through helping owners in difficulties with local authorities and other agencies; to advising TV and film makers on vessels suitable for their enterprises. The team has spoken at national and international conferences and taken forward the first stages of our National Historic Fleet Review.

Our major projects have seen the successful conclusion of our World War 1 project, with information-gathering on 64 extant vessels on our Registers highlighted on a new website; conclusion of our Shipshape Heritage Training Programme (SHTP), giving qualifications to 10 trainees over 2 years in traditional vessel handling, maintenance, and conservation skills, with 7 graduates winning full-time places in the historic ships sector; and have just submitted a funding proposal to HLF for a follow-up programme taking 16 trainees through vessel and curatorial skills courses. 


















Vessel news includes the opening in Belfast of HMS Caroline (sole large warship surviving from Jutland), the wonderful tug-tender Daniel Adamson (now fully operational again on the Manchester Ship Canal), and the rescue of the RN steam-powered water-carrier Freshspring (built 1947) from rotting on the River Severn to a new conservation birth in Bideford, North Devon.   

Martyn Heighton
Director National Historic Ships UK


Tragically, Martyn Heighton died suddenly a fortnight after preparing this report. A tribute to Martyn from his long-time friend and colleague, Dr Matthew Tanner MBE, CEO ss Great Britain Trust, Bristol can be read by clicking here.

Top - Shipshape Heritage Training Programme trainees
Centre left - HMS Caroline
Centre right - Tug-tender Daniel Adamson (photograph B.Dobbs)
Bottom - RN steam water-carrier Freshspring




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