Updated 25th February 2021

Most of England is under a national lockdown, with some local exceptions including the Isle of Man.  Read more

All of Wales is currently at alert Level 4, the highest level of restrictions.  Read more

Mainland Scotland is currently at alert Level 4, the highest level of restrictions, with some islands at the lower Level 3.  These restrictions will remain in place at least until mid-March.  Read more

New stricter regulations have been introduced in Northern Ireland and will stay in place until at least 5th April.  Read more


National Historic Ships UK

Our team is working remotely from home, which allows us to deliver approximately 95% of our standard services, including processing new registrations, providing online training and offering guidance to vessel owners and custodians.  Please note there may be a delay in posting certificates and books. 

We continue to collate data on the impact of COVID-19 on our sector, so please send us your updated impact statements reflecting the new measures and keep us informed of any specific issues you face so we can do our best to advise or help.  You can read our submission to the first DCMS Select Committee Report on the impact of COVID-19 for our sector here.  

A link to the inquiry page with the report and other submissions can be found here.

We are committed to offering continued support to all our stakeholders during this time and are happy to schedule meetings by phone or video conferencing to any vessel custodians or Shipshape projects that require additional advice.

Please email info@nationalhistoricships.org.uk for further details.
 

Useful online resources

We have collated a range of resources to support our sector following the outbreak of COVID-19.  This list will be updated regularly.  Please email info@nationalhistoricships.org.uk if you would like a resource to be included. 
 

GENERAL ADVICE

AiM (Association of Independent Museums) - COVID-19 advice and resources (updated 22 February)

Government guidance - working safely in heritage locations (updated 7 January)

Government guidance - for DCMS sectors (updated 2 November)

Heritage Alliance - COVID-19 Guidance Hub (updated 5 January)

NCVO (National Council for Voluntary Organisations) - Information for your charity or voluntary organisation

Visit England‘We’re Good to Go’ mark - businesses are able to register their property as being managed in a COVID safe manner. This mark is available to businesses in all parts of the UK. 


ADVICE FOR VESSEL OWNERS

Canal & River Trust - Coronavirus and boating FAQs (updated 23rd February)

Canal & River Trust - Updates for boaters with the latest information (updated weekly)

National Historic Ships UK - Join our Facebook Groups for historic vessel owners and Shipshape Network projects to share advice and discuss issues affecting the sector

Royal Yachting Association - COVID-19 Guidance Hub (updated 23rd February)

Royal Yachting Association - Advice and information for recreational boaters (updated 23rd February)

Royal Yachting Association - Advice for clubs, training centres and instructors (updated 23rd February)


FUNDING AND FINANCIAL ISSUES

Government guidance for voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations on funding and fundraising

Museums Galleries Scotland - COVID-19 Adaptation Fund - Awards of up to £10k for Scottish museums to purchase equipment and training that will enable them to reopen safely and in accordance with restrictions due to the Coronavirus outbreak.  Closing date for applications: 22 March 2021

National Lottery Heritage Fund - NHLF has now resumed accepting small and medium funding applications to provide financial assistance for organisations working with heritage to build their resilience, or focused on inclusion of diverse groups typically under-represented in heritage.  Rolling programme so no application deadlines.

National Lottery Heritage Fund - new interest free Heritage Recovery and Resilience loans aimed at organisations looking to restart and develop their income generating potential. Currently closed to applications.

NCVO (National Council for Voluntary Organisations) - Contingency planning and financial implications for charities and voluntary organisations

Rebuilding Heritage - Offering free 121 and group support for individuals and organisations in the heritage sector in business planning, communications, fundraising, legal issues, leadership and wellbeing.  This support is open to organisations (including voluntary organisations) and to individuals, for example: sole traders / freelancers and those running a limited business.  Closing dates for each round of applications: 30 March, 1 June, and 27 July


MUSEUMS, CONSERVATION AND VOLUNTEERING

AiM (Association of Independent Museums) - COVID-19 - Conservation and care of collections 

Government advice on enabling safe & effective volunteering during COVID-19 (updated 4th February)

Heritage Volunteering Group - Returning to Volunteering masterclass

ICOM (International Council of Museums) - Conservation of museum collections under lockdown

ICON (Institute of Conservation) - Coronavirus guidance for conservators

ICON - Waking up collections - a post-lockdown guide

National Historic Ships UK - Historic Vessel Conservation distance learning course
*Special Offer* In response to Covid-19 we are offering a discount of 15% off the overall cost of our Historic Vessel Conservation course OR a 15% discount off the cost of individual units.  These discounts apply to any new students who sign up by 31st March 2021.

NMDC (National Museums Directors' Council) - Good practice guidelines on reopening Museums


SOCIAL & DIGITAL MEDIA, ADULT LEARNING RESOURCES AND HOME WORKING

AMA (Arts Marketing Association) - Free digital skills training programme for small or medium heritage organisations, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund

AMA (Arts Marketing Association) - Sign up for free Digital Heritage Lab online webinars 

AMA (Arts Marketing Association) - Home working tips from freelancers

Museums + Heritage Advisor - 40+ free talks, webinars & podcasts on a wide range of heritage topics

National Lottery Heritage Fund - The Digital Skills for Heritage initiative, designed to raise digital skills and confidence across the whole UK heritage sector, has launched four free, short new guides to help heritage organisations get started in key digital areas.  Read the guides and watch the accompanying webinars on Children and young peoplePrivacy and securityDigital and accessibility, and Online learning.  

National Historic Ships UK - Join our new Facebook Groups for historic vessel owners and Shipshape Network projects to share advice and discuss issues affecting the sector

National Historic Ships UK - Historic Vessel Conservation distance learning course
*Special Offer* In response to Covid-19 we are offering a discount of 15% off the overall cost of our Historic Vessel Conservation course OR a 15% discount off the cost of individual units.  These discounts apply to any new students who sign up by 31st March 2021.

The Skills Toolkit - free digital and numeracy courses to help build your skills

Zoom and Skype conferencing - a 'how to' guide
 

RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES

Canal & River Trust
- Learning bundles

Chatham Historic Dockyard - Museum from home

The Golden Hinde - Video series with arts & craft activities, different learning topics, and a podcast

Mary Rose - Things to make & do

RNLI - Kids' activity sheets

Royal Museums Greenwich - Curriculum-linked learning resources plus Explore their digital collections and check out their latest stories, videos, blogs & more

Scott Polar Research Institute - Learning resources & home schooling activities

Scottish Fisheries Museum - Learning resources & fun stuff

ss Explorer - New online educational resources for primary age children

ss Great Britain - Design & Make

Titanic BelfastNew online resources for kids including science experiments, activity sheets & fun makes

Trinity House - Buoys, Beacons and Bananas Key stage 1-3 education resources