Join us for a free talk in central London about the exciting world of conserving historic vessels chaired by Hannah Cunliffe (our Director) and featuring Claire Denham and Simon Thompson (Cutty Sark, RMG), Chris Jones (Chatham Historic Dockyard) and Arabella Roberts (National Museum of the Royal Navy).

All are welcome and there's no need to book!

Time: 5.15pm, followed by a wine reception at 6.30pm
Venue: Wolfson Room I, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, London, WC1E 7HU

Historic vessels are an important part of our national heritage but preserving them requires funding, expertise and a loot of hard work.  Hear about the challenges presented by these complex objects and the histories behind them.

Our expert panel brings together decades of experience working on and with historic vessels.  They will discuss their day-to-day work with ships like Cutty Sark, now approaching its 150th birthday, as well as what the future may hold.

What challenges do historic vessels present conservators, technicians and curators?  How close can restoration get us to the 'original ship'?  What is the aim of conserving historic vessels?

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