Autumn Bulletin; News on maritime archives; End of the line for the City of Adelaide?; New English Heritage Selection Guide; Odyssey continues to press its case; Coastal Handbook launch; Fed up with awful underwater visibility and broken up wrecks?


Autumn Bulletin

The MAG Autumn Bulletin has been circulated to members and will shortly be available to download from the MAG Blog.

News on maritime archives

At least two UK archaeological contractors are currently undertaking work in connection with maritime archives.

The third and final report in the Securing a Future for Maritime Archaeological Archives series is now available from the Hampshire and Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology’s website. This series of reports confirm what maritime archaeologists and curators have known for some time, that there are serious archiving issues. They aim to provide a firm evidential basis for understanding and tackling these issues.

Digital archaeological archives are a particularly thorny and pressing issue. In a separate initiative the Marine Environmental Data and Information Network (MEDIN) has commissioned Wessex Archaeology to undertake a demonstration project to assess the practicalities of integrating these archives within MEDIN’s existing system. 

Is your company or organisation undertaking work aimed at improving maritime archaeological archives? If so, let MAG Blog know by posting a comment.

End of the line for the City of Adelaide?

The preserved composite clipper the City of Adelaide may now be broken up. A meeting held on 14 December was due to determine the vessel’s future.

New English Heritage Selection Guide

English Heritage has issued a draft selection guide for pre-industrial vessels which is being circulated to MAG members. It has been drafted to address wreck sites and historic ships, as well as re-used ship timber from the earliest times to about 1840. It is intended that the text will provide guidance on future designation decisions.

The publication of this and other new selection guides is part of EH’s push towards the creation of the unified Register of Historic Buildings and Sites of England announced by the Government in the Heritage Protection White Paper.

You are asked to provide any comments on the document to Mark Dunkley by the 1st March 2010. 

Odyssey continues to press its case 

Current Archaeology has invited Greg Stemm to speak on ‘Underwater Archaeology and the Private Sector: Partners in Preservation or Professionals with Irreconcilable Differences?’ at their conference in London on Saturday 27th February. Dave Parham of Bournemouth University will oppose him with a paper on ‘Maritime Archaeology: what it means’. The session will be moderated by Mike Williams of the University of Wolverhampton.

Coastal Handbook launch 

The launch of the first Coastal Regeneration Handbook will take place in Margate on 27-28 January 2010. A flyer is being circulated to members.

Fed up with awful underwater visibility and broken up wrecks?

Then go to You Tube


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