About Meshellae

Mesha was born in Bermuda, where you're never more than 10 minutes away from the sea. The islands of Bermuda have a rich maritime culture that has sadly dwindled significantly over the past few decades.

I knew from an early age that I wanted to study and promote this culture, leading me to study Archaeology at the University of Southampton. During university I spent my summers volunteering with the Custodian of Wrecks in Bermuda. This was an eye opening experience which gave me the chance to dive shipwrecks and work on underwater excavations.  I wanted to focus on the maintenance of shipwrecks and their artefacts so studied a masters in Principles of Conservation.

My dissertation focused on the loss of traditional maritime practices and skills in Bermuda, so I was very excited to find a traineeship focused on combating the loss of traditional sailing skills in the UK. I can't wait to see what the year brings and I hope to be able to significantly promote and develop this industry in the future. 

Read more about the National Museum of the Royal Navy and the opportunities available as part of the SHTP 2 project.

Latest blogs

UPDATE JANUARY 2020 - On the 6th January I arrived at The National Museum of the Royal Navy slightly nervous but mostly excited to get started...Read more

UPDATE NOVEMBER/DECEMBER BLOG 2019 - Our time at the International Boatbuilding Training College started off lightly, with introductory lectures exploring timber in general, boatbuilding terminology, and the technical aspects of boatbuilding...Read more 

UPDATE OCTOBER 2019 - Our journey began in the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth, a location that is especially significant for me as this is where I will be spending the majority of my traineeship...Read more

Meshellae Payne