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UK Maritime Heritage Forum

Posted: Wednesday 20th September 2023

UK Maritime Heritage Forum

Delegates are arriving in Liverpool for an exciting few days at the UK Maritime Heritage Forum, hosted by Merseyside Maritime Museum (National Musuems Liverpool). 

The UK Maritime Heritage Forum seeks to bring together, in an annual gathering, individuals, institutions and groups with a wide-ranging interest in maritime heritage. These include:

  • Maritime museums and museums with maritime holdings
  • Historic vessels
  • Archives with maritime holdings
  • Maritime archaeologists
  • Maritime historians
  • The UKMHF aims to provide a forum for groups to come together to share experiences and knowledge.

It also aims to provide a range of stimulating plenary speakers and discussions and to discuss issues of contemporary note to the maritime heritage sector.

A key objective of the Forum is to facilitate networking and dialogue between institutions, groups and individuals within the various parts of the maritime heritage sector. Find out more about UKMHF.

2023 UKMH Forum - Agenda:
DAY 1 - Thursday 21 September
Cultural Transformation
09:15 Keynote and welcome to Liverpool
Janet Dugdale, Executive Director of Museums and Participation, National Museums Liverpool
Sense of Place : Chair: Ian Murphy
Ken Hamilton, Historic England.
Heritage Harbours and England’s Historic Harbour Estate 
Mark Vesey, Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre.
The Scarborough Sea Wall Heritage Project – Portholes in Time
Adrienne Wallman, Maryport Maritime Heritage Ltd.
Regenerating Maryport - Maritime Heritage at the Forefront
11:00 Break & Poster Session
11:30 Personal Transformation : Chair: Faye Hammill
Maddie Phillips, Cutty Sark, and Hannah Stockton, Royal Museums Greenwich
All Hands on Deck: the value of connecting museums and working vessels
Lauren Henning, Grace McCulloch and Joe Rattray, the Tall Ship Glenlee
Sailing Ships, Seamonsters and Storms - The Power of Immersive Storytelling Experiences
Ciara Phipps and Claire Reed, Southend Museums Service
Collections Carers: cultivating confidence, skills and empowerment through access to heritage.
12:45 Lunch
13:45 - Physical Transformation : Chair: Fiona Greer
Ship conservation and interpretation
Rushdie Rasheed and Cathriona Bourke, Daniel Adamson Preservation Society
The Daniel Adamson Green Steam Project
Jamie Campbell, Excelsior Trust
'Use it or Lose it'. 
Robert Rumble, Imperial War Museum
HMS Belfast: Refitting the ship 2021
15:00 Study Visits - Guided by a member of NML staff:
• Liverpool Old Docks Tour
• MT Brocklebank, with the Brocklebank Preservation Society
• Canning Graving Docks regeneration project with Dr Liz Stewart
• MV Edmund Gardener, pilot cutter
19:00 Conference Dinner
DAY 2 - Friday 22 September
09:30 Cultural Transformation : Chair: Hannah Cunliffe
New ways of working
Cat Holt, Dover Museum/ Trustee Nautical Archaeology Society
Discovery is just the beginning: An Introduction to Maritime and Coastal Archaeology for Museum Professionals. 
Andrew Choong Han Lin, National Maritime Museum
Navigating Our Way Through Unpath’d Waters
Stephen Beresford, Windermere Jetty Museum 
Future Facing Organisation?
Sarah Mott, Lloyd’s Register Foundation
She Sees: Rewriting Women into Maritime exhibition
11:15 Break
11:45 AGM 
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Physical & Cultural Transformation
Tim Bryan, the Brunel Institute at Brunel's Great Britain Trust
The Albion Dockyard Project: Creating a New World-Class Maritime Attraction at Brunel's SS Great Britain
Sarah Riddle, National Maritime Museum Cornwall
Through a Different Lens – Using Maritime Stories to Inspire Change
Sum up and introduce next year's host - National Maritime Museum Cornwall 2024
14:30 Finish





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