Our objectives are to:

  • encourage awareness and understanding of the through-life costs of conserving, restoring and maintaining historic vessels;
  • make available to the public research into ship preservation and conservation techniques and provide a directory of skills and services;
  • promote the availability and standards of ship and boat conservation skills and training, and share experience and expertise across the sector, particularly through establishing a number of centres of excellence;
  • develop and promote professional standards of good practice for the conservation and restoration of historic vessels;
  • raise awareness among trusts and owners about good practice and fund-raising opportunities;
  • provide guidance to trusts and owners about business planning and interpretation to make ships become more self-sustaining and attractive to new audiences;
  • advise on documentation and recording techniques in cases where vessels are beyond physical and economic preservation;
  • promote the case for historic ships to a wider audience and monitor practice in other countries.