Booking is now open for the UK Maritime Heritage Forum on 8-9 October 2018

  1. The Programme* - please see pdf attachment at the bottom of this news item
  2. The Booking Form  - see link below 


* NB. All sessions and speakers are confirmed but a few talk titles are still to come in; timings may move very slightly.

If you require further information, or have any questions at all, please email Sally Archer at the National Maritime Museum:


UK Maritime Heritage Forum 8th - 9th October 2018, Royal Museums Greenwich

Programme (a draft programme for the two-day conference, with confirmed speakers is available via the pdf link below)

On the 8th October, National Historic Ships UK will be hosting an afternoon speaker session in which we will introduce the Shipshape Network and celebrate the diverse range of projects within the Thames Estuary region that put historic vessels and traditional skills at the forefront of their operation. Joining us will be peter Green from the National Maritime Development Group; John Rayment from the Thames Sailing Barge Trust, Richard Albanese from Trinity Buoy Wharf; Gulliver Immink from Faversham Creek Trust; and Tony Goodhead, owner of St Joan our 2018 National Flagship of the Year winner.

Hannah Cunliffe, (Director, NHS-UK) will open the session with an overview of the Shipshape Network, a portal that celebrates and connects historic vessel owners, skilled craftsmen, businesses and heritage organisations from across the UK. Victoria Wallworth (Projects Officer, NHS-UK) will then focus the discussion on the Thames Estuary region and discuss the variety of historic vessels, skills and services available within the area, before inviting our delegates to discuss how their projects support and maintain the Thames Estuary maritime heritage.

RMG are delighted to have as their Keynote Speaker Fred Kenny, who is very senior within the International Maritime Organization (

Some of you may have been to Greenwich before, but they are very excited to be able to show you something brand new this time, which was the reason they wanted to invite you all here in this particular year. As well as opportunities to visit the Royal Observatory, the Queen’s House (housing our art collection) and Cutty Sark, in the main part of the National Maritime Museum we are opening our suite of four new ‘Endeavour’ galleries only a couple of weeks before the UKMHF takes place  - and delegates will have a chance to visit these during the conference.

They will also be taking delegates for an afternoon’s visit to our brand new off-site collections and conservation centre at Kidbrooke, another key component of our  HLF-funded  ‘Endeavour’ project. There will be the usual excellent mix of conference papers on museums, vessels and archives - plus this year more opportunity for discussion through ‘workshop-style’ breakout sessions. Finally, there will be plenty of networking time, including over lunch in the Queen’s House overlooking the Royal Park, and an atmospheric evening drinks and dinner reception at (in fact, underneath!) Cutty Sark.  


There are some great options for hotels in Greenwich and a selection are available via the attached Information Sheet. The Greenwich visitor bureau has also helped us obtain special discounts on hotel rooms for UKMHF delegates which are being held until 30 June. See here for full details.

Travel to Greenwich

Greenwich is easily reached from Central London – 12-15 minutes by train from  London Cannon Street or London Bridge and also accessible by the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) and Jubilee lines. Some links are provided on the attached sheet.




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