The Fourth UK Maritime Heritage Forum

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

Date: 1-2 November, 2011
Venue: The Historic Dockyard, Chatham

The 2011 United Kingdom Maritime Heritage Forum took place at The Historic Dockyard, Chatham on 1-2 November 2011. The forum focused on the impact that maritime heritage, particularly historic sites, environments and ship’s, have on the regeneration of our coastal towns, cities and communities.

The forum brought together influential national and international speakers, workshop sessions on evaluating economic impact, visits to major new Novelopments at The Historic Dockyard, Chatham (No.1 Smithery) and the opportunity to view the new Sammy Ofer Wing at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich with the opportunity to catch up with colleagues from across the maritime heritage sector.

The Historic Dockyard, Chatham is one of the jewels in Britain’s maritime heritage. An 80-acre site with 100 historic buildings and structures, today it houses museum galleries, three historic warships and a working traditional ropery, as well as providing space for over 140 businesses and 110 residential properties.


1 Nov10.00- 13.00Arrival and opportunity to visit The Historic Dockyard, Chatham
Opportunity to visit the new Sammy Ofer Wing at National Maritime Museum, Greenwich before making own way to The Historic Dockyard Chatham
1 Nov12.00-13.00Lunch (Commissioners House)
Transfer to No.1 Smithery, Edward Holl Room

Session 1 Maritime Heritage – A Force for Culture-Led Regeneration of Coastal Towns and Cities?

1 Nov14.15Welcome Bill Ferris, Chief Executive, Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust
1 Nov14.30Keynote Address James Berresford, Chief Executive, Visit England
1 Nov15.10Views from the Panel Ken Robinson, Tourism consultant Victoria Pommery – Director Turner Contemporary, Margate Dr Willem Bijleveld, Director, Scheepvaartmuseum, Amsterdam
1 Nov16.10Tea
1 Nov16.30Discussion
1 Nov18.00Opportunity to retire to hotels
1 Nov19.30Reception and Dinner – Wheelwright’s Restaurant

Session 2

2 Nov09.00-10.30 Measuring Economic Impact
How much does you organisation really contribute to the local economy? – a practical introduction to using the AIM Economic Impact Assessment Tool.
2 Nov10.30Coffee
2 Nov11.00Setting a New Course – National Historic Ships NDPB Declassification Martyn Heighton, Executive Director.
2 Nov11.15 Forum roundup and Shetland 2013 – an introduction to the next forum.
UK Maritime Heritage Forum Ends
2 Nov11.45 Maritime Curators Group Meeting
Opportunity to visit The Historic Dockyard including No.1 Smithery and the joint NMM/IWM model stores
2 Nov13.30Lunch
2 Nov14.30UKMCS Meeting (Members only)
Opportunity to visit the new Sammy Ofer Wing at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, on your way home.

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