MAG AGM and elections; Margaret Hodge sets out UK Government ‘Vision’ for England’s Historic Environment; UK Marine Science Strategy; New jobs; Titanic; Australian convict ship receives protection; Conference Call; Don’t all rush at once…; Tobermory treasure


MAG AGM and elections

The AGM will now be held at 13:45 before the start of the MAG session at the IfA conference on 14th April in Lecture Theatre LT2. The AGM is scheduled to last only 15 minutes so should not put too much of a dent into the time you have for lunch.

The committee would be very grateful if all members planning to attend the conference on the 14th would also make arrangements to attend the AGM.

Nominations for the committee elections are now closed. Details of the single candidate for the post of Honorary Treasurer have already been circulated to members. Details of the two candidates for the post of Ordinary Committee Member will be circulated later today.

Margaret Hodge sets out UK Government ‘Vision’ for England’s Historic Environment

The Government’s Statement on the Historic Environment for England 2010 was published last week.

In launching the statement, the Culture Minister said that the value of the historic environment should be recognised and championed by all those – at every level in Government and beyond – who have a role in its protection.

UK Marine Science Strategy

For those who don’t already have it, the strategy document is on the DEFRA website.

New jobs

The Norwegian maritime museum in Oslo is looking for two research assistants for post-excavation recording of ship timbers. The posts are fixed term for three years and the closing date for application is 14th April.


A number of Titanic related events will take place in Bournemouth and Southampton next month.

Southampton City Council are holding a series of commemorative events in April as part of a programme leading up to the 100th anniversary of the sinking in 2012.

Amongst the events planned for April is a Titanic-themed family drop in day at the Maritime Museum, various lectures, a musical performance and a film screening, Titanic-themed walks and the annual civic commemorative service. See the city council’s website for details.

Meanwhile, over in Bournemouth one of the world’s foremost authorities on the legal issues surrounding the protection and preservation of the RMS Titanic will deliver a free public lecture on the subject next month.

Ole Varmer of the US-based National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will visit Bournemouth University on Tuesday, 13 April, to present ‘RMS Titanic: Protection, Preservation & Peril’ at 6.00pm in the Allsebrook Lecture Theatre. The lecture is free and open to anyone from the campus and local communities.

To reserve a place contact Paola Palma at BU’s School of Conservation Sciences or e-mail

Australian convict ship receives protection

The wreck of the Irish convict ship Hive was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 22 March. The vessel was stranded and subsequently abandoned in Wreck Bay, south of Jervis Bay in 1835. The wreck and the survivors’ camp were located by the state’s Heritage Branch in 1994.

Conference Call

A call for papers has been issued for a three day public archaeology conference hosted by Canterbury Christ Church University at Folkestone in September 2010.

Don’t all rush at once…

Dr. Robyn Woodward of the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University and the Institute of Nautical Archaeology will present an illustrated lecture on the ‘Shipwrecks of the Klondike Gold Rush’ at 18:30 on Thursday 29th April in Room G6, Institute of Archaeology, University College London, Gordon Square, London.

Tobermory treasure

Your editor understands that salvors who have been searching for the treasure that they believe was being carried by the ‘Tobermory Galleon’ in Tobermory harbour are due to close down their operations with little likelihood that they will return.

The history of the search for the Tobermory Galleon and its legendary treasure is a very colourful one. Although this Armada wreck was very thoroughly salvaged in the late 17th and early 18th centuries, several abortive attempts to relocate and salvage it have been made in the 19th, 20th and now 21st centuries. The salvors concerned all appear to have laboured under the misconception that the wreck is that of the Florencia, despite all the credible evidence pointing to it being the San Juan de Sicilia, a Ragusan argosy.


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