MAG Spring Bulletin
The latest bulletin has been published and e-mailed to MAG members. It will be published on this web site shortly.
The DCMS budget has been cut by £61 million as part of the £6.2 billion deficit reductions announced by the new government. There will be a 3% cut to all bodies within the DCMS sector.
ALGOA’s submission to the Pre-Consultation on the Draft UK Marine Policy Statement is now available on-line.
Indonesian artefact sale
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, has expressed concern over negotiations for the sale of a large number of artefacts salvaged from the wreck of a 10th century wreck off the coast of Java. The sale has apparently been postponed for lack of a buyer. Indonesia has not ratified the UNESCO convention.
A French team has resumed work in Alexandria.
World Ship Society lectures
The Society’s 32nd Annual Naval Meeting will take place at the Hawthorn’s Hotel, Bristol on 5 June, starting at 10:30am. Speakers include Professor Eric Grove on ‘The Battleship Revolution of the Late Nineteenth Century’ and Chris Simons on ‘HMS Manchester revisited’. Contact Dr Richard Osborne for details.
Swash Channel excavation
Bournemouth University’s HEEP funded excavation season on the Swash Channel wreck off Poole begins on Tuesday 1st June. Archaeologists from the university and Wessex Archaeology will initially be working on the site for a total of 30 days.
The wreck of the 28 gun frigate HMS Sole Bay, lost on Nevis Island in 1782, is reported to have been found by the Nevis Historical and Conservation Society.
Preserved whaling station to reopen
The last whaling station in New Zealand at Perano, closed in 1964, is to be reopened as a tourist attraction.
New marine archaeologist and geophysicist posts advertised
Two new posts are being advertised through the IfA’s jobs information service.
Director of National Historic Ships wins accolade
Martyn Heighton, Director of National Historic Ships, won the award for the Outstanding Contribution by an Individual at the Museum and Heritage awards 2010.