North-East England Maritime Archaeology Research Archive

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Friday, June 8, 2007

With generous grant-funding of almost £25,000 from the English Heritage Regional Capacity Building scheme, the NEEMARA Project has created a valuable new regional maritime resource for the North-East of England.

Supported by seven North-East County Archaeology units, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, County Durham, Tees Archaeology, North Yorkshire and the North Yorks Moors National Park, the Archive has drawn together an extensive range of maritime archaeological and historical material.

This material, comprising a wide range of maritime reference material from professional archaeological reports and policy documents, to general shipbuilding and shipping books and magazines, including Lloyd’s Registers, IJNA, Marine News, and Sea Breezes, has been made accessible to a very broad audience of maritime archaeologists, historians, and indeed anyone with an interest in ships and the sea.

One of the Project’s most significant outcomes has been the establishment of an effective maritime information sharing network, comprising NEEMARA, four Local Authority Reference Libraries, Hartlepool Borough Council’s Museums & Heritage Service, Teesside Archives, Hartlepool PortCities and the Teesside branch of the World Ship Society.

In creating this resource, the project has achieved far in excess of its original aims and objectives, and continues to attract high levels of local, regional and international support from a broad cross-section of organisations and individuals.

We have already received many generous donations of journals, books, and magazines, not least of which a very good run of Lloyd’s registers donated by Glasgow University Library. We are always keen to add to our resource, so if anyone have any material they think may be suitable and are willing to donate to the Archive, then please contact Gary Green at