The Sixth UK Maritime Heritage Forum

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

Date: Monday 6 – Tuesday 7 October 2014
Venue: ss Nomadic Trust, Belfast


6 Oct9.00-10.00UKMCS Meeting
6 Oct10.00-11.15Maritime Curators Meeting
6 Oct11.15-11.30Coffee
6 Oct11.30-13.00Plenary Session 1: Welcome; Improving collections access/bringing collections to life, Chair: Kevin Fewster, Director, Royal Museums Greenwich
  • What no PhD? Access to everything for everyone in the Brunel Institute, Rhian Tritton, Director of Conservation and Education, ss Great Britain Trust
  • A lifeboat station is not a museum. The challenges and joys of recording and displaying RNLI community history, Virginia Mayes-Wright, Heritage Operations Manager, RNLI and Jon Ball, Mobile Scanning Company
  • What’s Your Story? Collections as a gateway to creative writing,​​ John Simpson-Wedge, Learning Officer, Time and Tide Museum
6 Oct13.00-13.45Lunch
6 Oct13.45-15.00Plenary session 2: Keeping historic ships in good heart: securing skills and meeting restoration and re-interpretation challenge, Chair: Martyn Heighton, Director, National Historic Ships UK
  • A lasting difference for heritage and people: HLF’s investment in maritime and heritage skills, Jo Reilly, Head of Participation and Learning, Heritage Lottery Fund
  • A manifesto for learning – lessons learnt through promoting and delivering learning linked to historic vessels, David Tournay, on behalf of Pioneer Sailing Trust
  • Rescue, restoration and re-interpretation: contrasting historic ship projects for the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Matthew Sheldon, Andrew Baines and Nick Hewitt, National Museum of the Royal Navy
6 Oct15.45-18.30Viewing of HMS Caroline (exterior only) and Walking Tour with local company (TitanicWalk) of Titanic Quarter including Thompson’s Graving Dock, Pump-house, Drawing House
6 Oct19.15-21.15Dinner on board ss Nomadic

Plenary session 3 – Keynote Lecture

19 dec 2011 Back to the future, Tim Husbands, CEO of TitanicBelfast & Kerrie Sweeney, CEO of Titanic Foundation

The presentation will show how Belfast reclaimed its natural Titanic heritage by going back to the authentic story of both the shipyards and the Titanic ship itself, from triumph to tragedy. It will explore the themes of creating attractions within their original environments and how effective delivery is a balance of using and protecting the heritage assets against maximising the commercial opportunities that they provide buy papers online. It will also assess what lessons can be learnt from the ‘Titanic Experience’ and what ‘future heritage’ might look like for Belfast in the years ahead.

Chair: Richard Holdsworth, Director of Preservation and Education, Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust

7 Oct10.45-12.45Self-guided visit to TitanicBelfast
7 Oct12.45-13.45Lunch and Q&A session with Tim Husbands, Kerrie Sweeney and Judith Owens, Director of Operations at TitanicBelfast. Chair: Matthew Tanner, Director, ss Great Britain Trust
7 Oct13.45-17.00Coach visit to National Museums Northern Ireland Folk and Transport Museum at Cultra
Tour of the Transport Museum including the Titanic exhibition and Result schooner, with Jim McGreevy, Director of Collections and Interpretation, National Museums of Northern Ireland

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