The Fifth UK Maritime Heritage Forum

Maritime Heritage – Culture-Led Regeneration of Britain’s Coastal Towns and Cities

Date: Thursday 16 – Saturday 18 May 2014
Venue: Shetland Museum and Archives


16 May11.00-12.00Talks/hands-on tours
  • Duncan Sandison – Shetland’s traditional boats
  • Brian Smith, Archivist – tour of archive plus The Norway-Shetland boat trade
  • Ian Tait, Curator – The restoration of the Museum’s small boats
16 May12.00-13.30UKMCS meeting (for UKMCS members)
16 May14.30Coffee followed by Maritime Curators Group (MCG) meeting
16 May16.30Free time to explore the Museum & viewing
16 MayEveningMeal in Hay’s Dock Café Restaurant plus a ‘Welcome’ by Jimmy Moncrieff, Shetland Amenity Trust General Manager


17 May09.00Coffee
17 May09.30Formal welcome address, Captain George Sutherland, Shetland Amenity Trust Trustee & Vice-Chairman on behalf of the Shetland Museum – Shetlanders and the call to the sea
17 May10.00Keynote lecture, Professor Tom Devine, University of Edinburgh: A Historical Conundrum: Scotland’s overseas diaspora
17 May11.00Coffee
17 May16.30Panel Session One: Positioning your museum at the heart of its community, chaired by Kevin Fewster, Royal Museums Greenwich
  • Emily Malcolm, Riverside Museum, Glasgow – Staying On Board – access and community at Glasgow’s Riverside Museum
  • Jimmy Moncrieff, Shetland Amenity Trust – talk title to be confirmed
  • Jonathan Griffin, National Maritime Museum Cornwall – The perils of parachuting
17 May13.00Lunch
17 May14.15Panel Session Two: Passing on maritime skills, chaired by Martyn Heighton, National Historic Ships UK
Ian Best (boatbuilder from Fair Isle) – Relearning a dying craf
  • Brian Wishart (one of the original Trustees of Swan Trust) – Passing on boat-handling skills
  • Alan Blain (Deputy Manager of Shetland Amenity Trust) – Boatbuilding apprenticeships & the NORCE Project
  • Yvonne Green, Lyme Regis Boat Building Academy
17 May135.45Coffee
17 MayFree time for delegates to explore the Museum
17 MayEveningMeal in Boat Hall


18 May Delegates’ excursion to Sella Ness and Sullom Voe Oil Terminal
Competitive yoal rowing in Bressay Sound with delegates in attendance on Pilot Us, Vaila Mae and Swan
18 May19.30 Evening lecture
Chris Dobbs, The Mary Rose Trust – From Kennemerland to Mary Rose
A public lecture detailing Chris' career as a maritime archaeologist from his first dives in Skerries in 1978 to the opening of the new Mary Rose Museum in 2013.

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