Where now for maritime heritage protection? New World Heritage Sites -have your say, Scottish Marine Bill, Under the Baltic, ‘Mardi Gras shipwreck’, ‘Boyne Boat’, TAG 30, Archaeology and Art…


Where now for maritime heritage protection?

As you may know, Parliamentary time has not been found to take forward the Heritage Protection Bill in the current session. However, English Heritage estimates that about 70% of the changes set out in the Heritage White Paper can go ahead without the need for primary legislation. Further information can be found on the EH website.

The British Sub-Aqua Club’s response to the Draft Bill can be found on their website. 

New World Heritage Sites – have your say 

The UK Culture Secretary Andy Burnham has launched a debate on the future designation of World Heritage Sites in the UK

Scottish Marine Bill

Following on from the last post, a list of consultation responses can be accessed through the Scottish Government website.

Under the Baltic

In recent editions of the American publication ‘Archaeology’, maritime archaeologist Vello Mäss of the Estonian Maritime Museum discusses his career and his search for the Russian ironclad Russalka.

‘Mardi Gras shipwreck’

 View new video of this wreck discovered at a depth of 4000 feet in the Gulf of Mexico.

 Can you help identify the lead box?

 ‘Boyne Boat’ video

 The wreck recently excavated near Drogheda in Ireland is featured in a new RTE TV news feature.

 The same webpage links to a feature on the search for gold amongst the wreckage of the liner Laurentic.

TAG30 set to explore the ever-expanding intersection of uses of the sea and uses of the past

MAG members are reminded that there is a maritime session at the forthcoming TAG30 conference at Southampton University on 17 December. Nine papers delivered by an international cast of speakers deal with a wide range of UK and international themes and include an examination of the link between maritime heritage protection and the maintenance of the nation-state and thoughts on the construction of a ‘maritimity’ within Norwegian Archaeology.

 Art and archaeology

 The TAG30 conference also features a contemporary art exhibition, for which the following details are available. MAG members who are planning to go to the evening view should note the revised date:

 Invitation to Exhibition Evening View – ‘Visual biographies: object, art and archaeological practice’

Tuesday 16th December, 6-9pm, Main Building, Avenue Campus, University of Southampton

‘Objects, places and people have typically ‘messy’ biographies that offer points of attachment for a wide range of sensory engagements’ (Ouzman 2006: 269).

As archaeology documents artefacts and sites, it produces a form of biography, representing the life histories of individual objects and even places as the archaeologist interprets them, sometimes in just a few illustrations and documents. At the same time, it is increasingly interested in the cultural biographies of particular artefacts, the web of interactions they amass through time, movement and change; as well as the connections between individuals and biographical objects, in people’s relationships with possessions and the stories that accrue around them.

This exhibition is interested in biography and representation through object, illustration and documentation, in the relationship between the individual and material culture and individual objects and the people they encounter, and in the engagement between art, object and archaeological practice. 

Work by both artists and archaeologists will be exhibited throughout the TAG30 archaeology conference from 15-17th December 2008.

There will be an open viewing on the evening of Tuesday 16th December from 6-9pm.

 Participating artists and archaeologists include:

 Jon Adams

Gary Breeze

Judith Dobie

Rose Ferraby

Ian Kirkpatrick

Andrew Hall

Claude Heath

Helen Higgins

Carl Laubin

Jill Phillips

Peter Randall-Page

Olivia-jane Ransley

Elaine Wakefield

Aaron Watson


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