The Second UK Maritime Heritage Forum

Date: 2-3 Dec 2009
Venue: Portsmouth Historic Dockyard


Behind the Scenes’ tours of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Day Time Event
2 Dec 14.30-16.30  
2 Dec 14.30-17.30 Maritime Curators Group meeting
2 Dec 13.00-17.00 Advisory Committee National Historic Ships (ACNHS) meeting
2 Dec 18.30-20.30 Reception – wine and finger buffet Venue: HMS Warrior 1860


  • Brian Barker, Project Manager, National Aviation Heritage Skills Initiative – training volunteers in practical heritage skills and museum work (20-25 minutes)
  • John Wylson, The Excelsior Trust – preserving a historic vessel, engaging young people and keeping shipwright skills alive (20-25 minutes)
  • Jeremy Clarke, Education Officer, Guildhall Museum, Rochester – experiences and impact of the ‘Inside Out’ project: a consortium of Kent and Medway museums looking for new ways to engage teenagers (20-25 minutes). Read a summary of Jeremy’s presentation (Word, 3.3MB)
  • Q&A
3 Dec08.45-09.15Tea and Coffee
3 Dec09.15-09.30 Welcome and introductions
  • Ken Jones, Chief Executive, Warrior Preservation Trust – Welcome
  • Robert Bruce, Managing Director of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard – overview of the Dockyard’s activities
  • Dominic Tweddle, Director-General of the National Museum of the Royal Navy – to introduce Sir Robert Crawford
3 Dec09.30-10.30Keynote lecture: Engaging audiences with maritime heritage: current challenges and opportunities Sir Robert Crawford, former Director-General of the Imperial War Museum. Read Sir Robert’s lecture (Word, 0.1MB)
3 Dec10.30-11.00Coffee break

Session 2

3 Dec11.00-12.30 New thinking and approaches to engaging audiences
Chair: Martyn Heighton, Director, Advisory Committee for National Historic Ships
  • Ben Cowell, Assistant Director, External Affairs, National Trust –the National Trust’s approach to engaging with audiences (and also to maritime heritage). Read Ben’s presentation (Word, 47KB)
  • Robert Lapraik, Deputy Chief Executive, Mary Rose Trust – the Mary Rose Trust’s approach to designing a new museum from scratch for a range of audiences help me write my essay
  • Q&A
3 Dec12.30-14.00Lunch

Session 3

3 Dec14.00-15.30 Engaging volunteers and young people: practical examples from inside and outside the maritime heritage sector
Chair: Matthew Tanner, Director, SS Great Britain

Closing Session

3 Dec15.30-15.45 Preview of the 2010 UK Maritime Heritage Forum at SS Great Britain and opportunity to give general feedback on the Forum
Matthew Tanner, Director, SS Great Britain
3 Dec15.45-16.00Closing Remarks
3 Dec16.00Finish

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