MAG Spring Bulletin; DCMS cuts; ALGOA submission; Indonesian artefact sale; Cleopatra’s Palace; World Ship Society lectures; Swash Channel excavation; HMS Solebay; Preserved whaling station to reopen; New marine archaeologist and geophysicist posts advertised; Director of National Historic Ships wins accolade


MAG Spring Bulletin

The latest bulletin has been published and e-mailed to MAG members. It will be published on this web site shortly.

DCMS cuts

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 submission

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.

Cleopatra’s Palace

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.

HMS Solebay

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.


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