About the project 

The Shipshape Heritage Training Partnership 2 (SHTP 2) Project was a UK-wide training programme delivered by National Historic Ships UK (NHS-UK) in partnership with nine heritage organisations: Trinity Sailing Foundation (Year 1 only), Excelsior Trust, the Scottish Fisheries Museum, Sea-Change Sailing Trust, Dauntsey's School, the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Pioneer Sailing Trust, Falmouth Pilot Cutter (Year 2 only), and Cutty Sark – Royal Museums Greenwich.

The project has also been supported by the Funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund to the sum of £434,400 as part of its ‘Skills for the Future’ programme, the project was set up to:

  • Prevent the loss of the traditional skills and techniques involved in conserving, handling and maintaining historic vessels
  • Encourage young people from different backgrounds into the maritime heritage sector
  • Bridge the gap between those operating historic vessels and those working in museums

From 2018-2021, SHTP 2 delivered 16 bursaried training placements of 12 months duration across museum and traditional vessel partner sites. The project provided trainees with the opportunity to learn either the specialist skills used in operating and maintaining historic sailing vessels, or the conservation techniques and terminology related to museum shipkeeping.

SHTP 2 is the second training programme of its kind, following the success of the first scheme (SHTP 1) which ran from 2014-2016/17. Both projects addressed the skills gap in the maritime heritage sector around maintaining and operating historic vessels using traditional techniques and materials passed down from previous generations. As a result of both training programmes, 26 young people aged 18-30 have gained the experience and skills necessary to join the maritime heritage workforce.

Project Evaluation 

The following report looks at what the project has achieved and shares lessons learned for future projects:

SHTP 2 Evaluation Front Cover                  SHTP 2 Impact and Outcomes Leaflet front cover

 SHTP 2 Evaluation Report                    Impact and Outcomes Leaflet

SHTP 2 Competency Workbook Front Cover                  SHTP 2 Training Plan front cover

 Competency Workbook                        Training Plan and Supporting Documents

Learning Films

Over the course of the programme, NHS-UK produced a series of learning videos that can be shared with the wider sector to highlight traditional skills and historic vessel conservation beyond the project. The following films were developed from the 2019 masterclass delivered by Tom Cunliffe to our Year 1 trainees. They explore the different types of rig configurations our trainees would encounter on placement, along with traditional navigation techniques. 

Watch the Understanding traditional rigs masterclass.

Watch the Understanding traditional navigation masterclass.

Online Forums 

In October 2021, the project team hosted a two online forums via Zoom with guest speakers to explore how NHS-UK can support diversity across the sector, as well as share knowledge and experience of traditional skills training. You can watch the forums via the links below, and download our written summary with top tips. 

Watch our Diversity and Inclusion Forum

With guest speakers:

  • Chrissie Clarke, Head of Diversity and Operations/Secretary to the Maritime Skills Commission, Maritime UK
  • Linda Fitzpatrick, Curator, The Scottish Fisheries Museum
  • Hannah Hurford, Chief Communications Officer at EcoClipper and SHTP 2 Year 1 trainee

Download our written summary.

Watch our Skill Training Forum

With guest speakers:

  • Roger Crumpton Trustee & Secretary, Pilgrim Heritage Sailing Foundation
  • Barbara Bridgman Director, Lynher River Barge CIC
  • Felicity Less Operations Manager, Pioneer Sailing Trust

Download our written summary.

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