Lottery funding for UK ship heritage

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Photo: The HLF grant will help fund the training needed to help preserve UK historic vessels

National Historic Ships UK (NHS-UK) has announced that it has received initial support for its new training project of £261,100 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).  

The grant will fund the Skills for the Future programme for the Shipshape Heritage Training Partnership - a project that aims to prevent the loss of the traditional skills and techniques involved in conserving, handling and maintaining historic vessels.   

Martyn Heighton, Director of NHS-UK, said: “The funding will help to arrest the decline in the traditional seamanship skills that are integral to the future of the UK’s historic vessels.”
Funding will enable will ten 12 month training placements at five partner sites from Scotland to the West Country.  Trainees will be working with a variety of historic vessels, receiving specialist training in the significance of these craft and how to operate them safely and effectively. Training will include historic vessel maintenance at the International Boatbuilding Training College.

NHS-UK is a government funded, independent organisation, which maintains National Registers which identify and promote some 2,000 vessels of historic significance.

The organisation also advises on documentation and recording techniques in cases where vessels are beyond physical and economic preservation. It works closely with partners such as English Heritage’s Historic Wrecks Panel.

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