National Historic Ships announces new £1,000 award to recognise volunteers in historic vessel conservation

by Hannah Cunliffe
(Policy & Project Manager, National Historic Ships)

This year, National Historic Ships and the Marsh Christian Trust will present for the first time an award for a volunteer, or group of volunteers, who have made a valuable contribution to the conservation or operation of historic vessels in the UK.

National Historic Ships is the official voice for historic vessels in the UK, championing their interests and working to advise government and funding bodies to ensure their long-term conservation wherever possible.

We run the National Register of Historic Vessels, which lists over 1,000 vessels and are pleased to have this opportunity to recognise the work of the army of volunteers involved in keeping these unique vessels alive.

Martyn Heighton, Director of National Historic Ships, said: ?This exciting award is a new development which will allow us to recognise and thank outstanding volunteers from our sector, without whom many of our most significant vessels would no longer survive for members of the public to enjoy?.

Applications for the award will be judged against specific criteria, looking at the ways volunteers have contributed to historic vessel conservation projects, the development of conservation skills and techniques or the long-term operation and maintenance of historic vessels.

Entries will be judged by an expert panel and nominations should be submitted by application form (available on-line) between 1 May and 31 July 2011.

A monetary award of £1,000 will be given to the successful nominee(s) in recognition of their achievement and this will be presented at the National Historic Ships prestigious national awards ceremony, to be held in October 2011.

For more information, or to nominate an individual or group of people, please visit:

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