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Creating community and individual benefits using historic boats and ships

Thursday, 24 March 2022

Online Zoom Event 19:30 - 21:00

This is one of a series of webinars co-produced by the Maritime Heritage Trust and National Historic Ships UK on current critical issues for maritime heritage projects.

About this event:

This session will examine the positive impact that maritime heritage can have for the wider community and the life-changing experiences that engagement with historic vessels can bring to individuals through volunteering, skills training, educational initiatives or well-being opportunities.

The following presentations will share details of projects and outreach work aimed at integrating people with heritage. This will inform a panel question and answer session to stimulate group discussion, offering the audience useful examples and case studies to draw on.

● Mary Burch, Chair of The Skylark IX Recovery Trust
Formed in 2013 to rescue the historic harbour service launch and Dunkirk Little Ship, Skylark IX, the Trust now delivers skills training projects for people recovering from addiction or facing social isolation in West Dunbartonshire.

● Lester Sher, Chair of Friends of LV50
Built for Trinity House in 1879, LV is a rare surviving example of a wooden hulled lightship. Functioning today as the house yacht of the Royal Northumberland Yacht Club, her story has been kept alive by an active Friends group which has worked to produce a virtual tour, visits for schools and a set of Key Stage One and Two learning resources.

● Lynne Robbins, Volunteer Coordinator at Boathouse 4
Boathouse 4 is a free attraction at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, combining an exciting interactive exhibition, traditional boatbuilding training and a brasserie overlooking the harbour, all under one roof. Boathouse 4, managed by the Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust, is home to more than 32 historic vessels, cared for and maintained by the Trust’s dedicated group of volunteers.

● Emma Harley, Director, Sailing Tectona
Sailing Tectona CIC provides sail training opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds, including youth groups, schools and adults in recovery from mental health issues and substance misuse. Their voyages allow individuals to become an efficient sailing team through the process of taking a boat to sea. These are skills which enable people to make positive changes in their lives after the voyage is over.