PRESS RELEASE National Historic Ships UK (NHS-UK) has received a confirmed grant of £261,100 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Skills for the Future Programme for the Shipshape Heritage Training Partnership project, it was announced today. This project will develop traditional skills and techniques in young people, focusing on the conservation, handling and maintenance of historic vessels at a time when these skills are in serious decline.
The project will host ten 12-month training placements with the following partner organisations: Scottish Fisheries Museum, Anstruther; Excelsior Trust, Lowestoft; Sea-Change Sailing Trust, Maldon; Dauntsey’s School Sailing Club, Solent; and Trinity Sailing Foundation, Brixham.
The trustees of Sea-Change have discussed their policy on inclusivity and definition of disadvantage.
Sea- Change’s philosophy is inclusive, supporting people from any background and of any ability seeking the benefits of shared endeavour, learning about themselves and their world. The full statement is available here.
Sea-Change’s new sailing barge will take her lines from 1930 built Blue Mermaid, one of the last barges constructed. It is known that she struck a mine in 1941 and ‘was blown clean out of the water’ near the West Hook Middle Buoy in the Thames estuary. There were no survivors.
The incident was witnessed by the crew of the barge May Flower, which was sailing tack for tack with her and is recounted in Nick Ardley’s excellent book, ‘The May Flower, A Barging Childhood’.
The wreck has been located and its position recorded.
Our sailing programme for the 2014 season is taking shape. A more comprehensive listing including our Youth Sailing Scheme and Sailing Barge Course will be published shortly.
If your group would like to join us during one of the few periods that remain available please contact us as soon as possible.
Additionally, some weekends are available for fully funded adult supporter groups.
Turn to page four of the current Maritime Heritage Trust News and find a thought provoking piece by Sea-Change’s Richard Titchener. He argues that, although we recognise operation as the best way to preserve maritime heritage, we are missing the point unless we re-present its purpose and use.
When we talk about heritage we mean everything passed down to us and not just the convenient parts we cherry pick. It seems right to align some modern use with original methods: a steam tug would tow; a fishing boat take people trawling; a sailing barge carry cargo.
This keeps skills alive, widens the community of interest and it is necessary because there is more to maritime heritage than old boats. More here on p4
We are delighted to announce that Sea-Change has received a grant from The Headley Trust towards phase two of its new Thames sailing barge appeal, which is to fit out and rig the vessel.
Headley is one of The Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts. Their donations to charitable causes over several decades represent one of the leading examples of sustained philanthropy in Britain.
Will you assist us to finish the job please? More about our appeal.
We are pleased to pass on information concerning applications that are invited for a part time Project Co-ordinator and 5 trainees for the Shipshape Heritage Training Partnership project. This is a new Heritage Lottery Skills for the Future funded initiative managed by National Historic Ships UK (NHS-UK).
Shipshape Network is the UK-wide network for ship conservation – home to the National Directory of Skills & Services and a communications framework for everyone with an interest in our maritime heritage.
A family that enthusiastically supports us throughout the year asked for donations towards Sea-Change rather than sixtieth birthday presents. Members of their family were asked to donate to us whatever they would have spent. A most generous and humbling act.
In the run up to Christmas McColl’s voluntarily gifted us a substantial quantity of mince pies to distribute in exchange for donations. These are available at our annual carol concert, together with wine, and also at local licensed premises in the area. Residents and visitors were especially generous and a substantial sum was raised for the charity.
Thank you all so much.
Come to Hythe Quay Maldon on Christmas Eve for our annual carol concert.
Trustee Steve Williams is MC this year and will be caroling with his band Salt Water and Beer from 7.30.
So come along, sing your hearts out and go home full of mince pies, good cheer and more.
Merry Christmas to everyone and thank you for all your support this year.
Our winter newsletter is out and you can view it here.
As well as containing our annual report you learn about our Youth Sailing Scheme, sailing with us an an adult, the new Marine Conservation Zones and more.
There is also a great video that was sent to us by Woolverstone Sailability following their latest Sea-Change voyage.
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Our annual report is published today and now includes our accounts too. It has been another great year and much has been achieved.
This year’s contents include:
* Tenders invited for phase one of new sailing barge
* Sea-Change sails further afield
* Sailing barge course inaugurated
* Continued race success
* Success with Sailability and Dementia Adventure
Please download to read at your leisure.
Limpsfield Grange is a Surrey County Council maintained Special School for girls who have Autism, Speech, Language and Communication Difficulties, Learning Difficulties, Emotional Difficulties and Vulnerabilities.
Since then an article about their voyage of discovery has been published in their local magazine and we think you would like to read it, right here.
Young people who have not previously sailed with the trust are equally welcome. Enjoy living aboard and learning to handle a large traditional vessel under sail on the east coast. If you are considering a maritime career our Sailing Barge Training Course could help you on your way.
The voyage was again very successful and another will take place next spring. Interested or know anyone who could benefit? Please contact Dementia Adventure here.
The introduction of the new MCZs sees the area of UK waters protected under all designations expand to over 9 per cent, and just under a quarter of English inshore waters will now be protected.