Terms of reference

In order to fulfil the remit as set out above, National Historic Ships UK shall:

vii) Coordinate and promote training and encourage better awareness of the importance of skills, identifying gaps and encouraging opportunities to develop and maintain traditional ship building, repair techniques and operational activities through the conservation (and, where appropriate, replication) of historic vessels.

viii) Develop the Shipshape Network as a national resource predicated on a regional approach through which skills, infrastructure and facilities, projects, training opportunities, and information in support of the sustainability of historic vessels can be established, developed and promoted

ix) Liaise with universities and other educational and training institutions in the UK and abroad on the development of innovative programmes and techniques for the conservation of historic vessels, and facilitate access to appropriate independent peer review.

x) Work with the Maritime & Coastguard Agency and other relevant health and safety organisations to develop operational standards empathetic to the requirements of historic ships and equivalent to those applied to modern operational vessels

xi) Advise on documentation, recording and deconstruction techniques in cases where vessels are beyond physical and economic conservation

xii) Promote greater awareness of historic ship conservation and its heritage, social and economic benefits within the UK governments, local authorities, organisations and communities.

xiii) Seek wider recognition of the significance of the intangible cultural aspects (language, skills, music etc) of the UK’s maritime history as expressed through historic vessels.

xiv) Monitor the physical state of the UK’s historic vessels, establishing consistent measures of risk in order to promote and support good management practices, and to assist in determining and evaluating policies and funding priorities.

xv) Administer a revenue challenge fund sourced by DCMS and other grant-giving bodies to support activities relating to the conservation of historic vessels across the whole of the UK.

Programmes and Performance

The Director will determine annual and longer running programmes and initiatives based on sector needs, drawing on the advice of the Council of Experts as appropriate.

Performance will be determined against the Terms of Reference set out above.

The Director will arrange a mechanism to ensure the Board of Trustees of the NMM is informed at least annually on the work of National Historic Ships UK.

The performance of National Historic Ships UK will be monitored by DCMS through the Department’s monitoring arrangements with the National Maritime Museum. Similar reporting mechanisms will be established with the relevant departments in the Devolved Administrations. 

hawse eye:

tubular metal fitting in the bows of a vessel through which the anchor cable passes