PRESS RELEASE: Driving into Maritime Archaeology
October 2008, delayed at Britarch end!
A HLF grant enables HWTMA to become 'driving force' in heritage outreach
with a maritime archaeology activity van. Archaeologists at Hampshire
and Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology are excited to announce they
have received over a third of a million pounds to promote greater public
involvement in maritime archaeology.
This exciting three year project will focus around the creation of a
community outreach van which will be furnished with interactive
displays, information and hands on activities to make learning about
maritime heritage possible for all the community.
Archaeologists from Hampshire and Wight Trust have been working in the
Solent region to promote understanding of maritime heritage for the last
seventeen years. Education and outreach is very important to the work of
HWTMA and they have worked continually with local groups to enable
access to what can be 'hidden heritage' as it lies beneath the sea and
on inaccessible muddy foreshores. HWTMA educational resources have now
been internationally recognised with requests from as far afield as
Australia and Canada.
The van will allow many more people to find out about the fascinating
archaeology that lies below the Solent and is scattered along rivers
throughout Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Over the next three years
the van will become a popular attraction throughout the region as it
attends national public events such as the Education Show, as well as
more local events such as the New Forest Show. It will also be available
for school visits, trips to community groups and is even hoping to pop
in shopping centre car parks!
Alison Hamer Education Officer
Tel: 07751 877821 E-mail: [log in to unmask]
The Hampshire and Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology is a charity
which promotes interest, research and knowledge of maritime archaeology,
with core activities based in the Solent region. Since 1991 the HWTMA
has worked to preserve and record the submerged landscapes, shipwrecks
and sites of national scientific archaeological interest.
For further details see: www.hwtma.org.uk