National Historic Ships UK has published a three volume series entitled Understanding Historic Vessels which provides guidance on conserving, recording and deconstructing vessels.  

Volumes 1 & 2 - Recording Historic Vessels and Deconstructing Historic Vessels are now available to download at no charge. Click the image to download.

Volume 3 - Conserving Historic Vessels can be purchased online at the link below. Click the image to buy.

Readers are free to use these publications for reference, but we kindly ask that you quote the source if they are reproduced.


Recording Historic Vessels - front coverDeconstructing Historic Vessels - front coverConserving Historic Vessels


Other Publications

Heritage Transport Survey

In 2021, National Historic Ships UK collaborated with the Federation Skills Trust to carry out a national survey of over 1,200 British adults to better understand the level of interest and support for the heritage transport sector in our country.  This research has provided some key insights into public perception and set a benchmark so that, going forwards, we can continue to measure changing attitudes and progress.  

Survey Headlines:

As many as 1 in 4 (24%) of British adults like to visit heritage transport sites and as many as 1 in 5 (20%) have done so in the last 5 years.  

An estimated 20% of British adults have visited a heritage transport site in the last 5 years.

18% of adults say they have an interest in heritage transport.  As many as 1 in 5 (18%) say they have an interest in heritage transport and 14% want to learn more about heritage transport projects - including ships, boats and vessels - that are near to them.

These baseline results demonstrate the sense of value which heritage transport - such as ships, boats, planes, railways and road vehicles - has for the British public.  Download the full report below to read more: 

5 historic boats led by Governor across the Pontcycyllte Aqueduct by Kev Maslin

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