Terms of reference

1. To act as the primary source of independent and objective advice to the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, other government departments, and the Devolved Administrations, on all matters relating to historic ships, with particular regard to:

  • Conservation: preservation; restoration; reconstruction, adaptation; replication; operation, and maintenance.
  • Heritage, social, and economic value.
  • Educational potential as a resource for greatly enlarging public understanding of the naval, maritime, social and economic histories of these islands.
  • The impact of policy decisions on the sector.
  • Funding priorities.

2. To act as a source of expert advice to the Heritage Lottery Fund and other grant-giving and public bodies across the UK on maritime conservation priorities, applications received relating to funding historic ship projects, and proposals which directly or indirectly affect historic vessels.

3. To provide leadership, strategic vision and advice across the UK historic ships’ communities and wider maritime sectors by acting as the official voice for historic vessels through proactive engagement with the sector, the UK government, the Devolved Administrations, public and private agencies, and communities at large.

National Historic Ships UK and the Protection of Wrecks

Whilst historic wrecks do not fall under the remit of NHS UK, there are strong links and relationships with vessels which come within this definition. NHS UK will therefore work closely with the UK bodies which carry this remit namely: English Heritage for England; the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales and Cadw for Wales; the Northern Ireland Environment Agency; and Historic Scotland.

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copper fastened:

a vessel whose plank fastenings are of copper rather than iron