Report - Day 2
This is a draft report of Day 2 of the Liverpool Reconnections Conference on 20 October sponsored by Maritime Heritage Trust (MHT) and its heritage partners National Historic Ships (NHS), Transport Trust (TT) and the Association of British Transport and Engineering Museums (ABTEM) and supported by Liverpool, Belfast and Cardiff City Councils together with Titanic Hotel and Signature Living. Following Day 1's discussion of innovative historic waterfront regeneration and development, the focus of Day 2 was on Sustainability of the Industrial, Maritime and Transport Heritage - ships and boats, road, rail and industrial. The heritage sponsors will be taking forward the Conference action points including establishing a North West IMT support group and looking at how this approach might be extended to other regions in due course.
CONFERENCE SUMMARY OF KEY CONCLUSIONS AND PROPOSED ACTIONS
The Conference highlighted 3 key priorities which were mentioned in most of the papers / discussion groups throughout the day:
More effective working together and learning from others;
Keeping skills alive by new training schemes and succession planning and attracting new generations;
Focusing on long-term sustainability both of the artefact and thinking through what preservation is for – often overlooked when faced with the difficult task of simply getting conservation work funded.