From: Alex Hunt [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: 04 August 2003 16:45
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Subject: Ships for the Nation: consultation on gov. policy for the
preservation of historic ships
The Department of Culture, Media and Sport has just launched a consultation
on a proposed policy framework for the preservation of historic ships. The
consultation document identifies key policy principles and proposals for a
delivery mechanism. The aim of the policy is to "...help the maritime
heritage to help itself by providing a beacon of excellence to encourage and
facilitate a co-ordinated approach, assist those directly engaged in
preservation, and promote public interest in historic ships".
The consultation covers England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and
invites comments from individuals and organisations with an interest in the
preservation of historic ships.
The consultation seeks responses on the the following key questions:
a) Would the creation of a National Historic Ships Unit (NHSU) be an
effective way of helping the historic ships sector co-ordinate its work
better and identify priorities more clearly?
b) Are there alternative approaches which should be considered?
c) Does the structure proposed for the NHSU sound right?
d) Does the list of functions proposed for the new Unit sound right? Are
there others which should be considered?
e) Would a small grants fund have a useful role to play?
f) Where should the new Unit be located?
g) Should statutory listing of historic ships be introduced?
h) Are there any important issues relating to the preservation of historic
ships that you feel are not addressed by these proposals?
Deadline for responses to the consultation is: 31/10/03
The document can be found online at:
It is probably worth noting that we should expect quite soon another
consultation document which will set out to review of protection of historic
wrecks and underwater archaeology (i.e. Protection of Wrecks Act 1973 etc)
to complement the Department of Culture, Media and Sport's broader
consultation on a review of historic environment designations ("Protecting
our Historic Environment: Making the System Work Better"), which commenced
in July 2003.
Alex Hunt, Research and Conservation Officer,
Council for British Archaeology, Bowes Morrell House,
111 Walmgate, York, YO1 9WA
Tel: 01904 671417 Fax: 01904 671384
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