Hannah Hurford - SHTP2 Trainee at the National Museum of the Royal Navy
Hannah studied History at University where she developed her passion for maritime heritage. A sailor from a young age, when Hannah was 18 she decided to travel to Australia from Mauritius on a tall ship, and over the years has gained experience on both traditional vessels and yachts.
'This programme encompasses two of my main passions: history and sailing.'
'When I saw an ad for the SHTP project I knew it would be a fantastic opportunity to develop my interest in the conservation of historic vessels and maritime history. The practical skills that you learn at the International Boatbuilding Training College (IBTC) in Lowestoft, as well as the opportunity to work for nine months in a maritime museum capacity, was a huge attraction. I knew I would learn the traditional skills required for the practical day-to-day maintenance of a vessel, and have the opportunity to sail and live aboard a traditional vessel. But to also be a part of the continuation of skills and industry is very important to me.'
Now based at the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth, Hannah is able to explore her interest in different methods of vessel conservation and explore the arguments for and against them. Her placement also gives first hand experience of conservation in a museum environment, including how museums differ in their approaches to conservation.
Read more about the the National Museum of the Royal Navy and the opportunities available here as part of the SHTP 2 project.
Life at the National Museum of the Royal Navy
The National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) is housed within Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and neighboured by the International Boatbuilding College (Portsmouth) and the Mary Rose Museum. The museum will offer SHTP 2 trainees the opportunity to work with different departments including HMS Victory, HMS Warrior, conservation projects, archaeological, shipwrights, rigging, curatorial and vessel management.
Latest Blog Post
Keep up to date with Hannah and read more about her time as an SHTP2 trainee.
UPDATE March 2019 - It's been a really great, very varied month. Thoroughly enjoyed working outside and up masts and gained very interesting and specific skills! What have I learnt? You can do anything with a bit of rope!.....
UPDATE Feb 2019 Hannah's Blog - This month I have been finding my feet a bit more, and have been entrusted with delegating my time throughout the week to focus on my tasks...
UPDATE Hannah's Blog - The last couple of months have been really varied. Our induction started in Falmouth where we got to know each other and understand what lies ahead...