National Historic Ships UK secures full grant for Heritage Lottery Fund skills training project.
National Historic Ships UK (NHS-UK) has received a confirmed grant of £261,100 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Skills for the Future Programme for the Shipshape Heritage Training Partnership project, it was announced yesterday.
This project will develop traditional skills and techniques in young people, focusing on the conservation, handling and maintenance of historic vessels at a time when these skills are in serious decline.
The project will host ten 12-month training placements with the following partner organisations: Scottish Fisheries Museum, Anstruther; Excelsior Trust, Lowestoft; Sea-Change Sailing Trust, Maldon; Dauntsey’s School Sailing Club, Solent; and Trinity Sailing Foundation, Brixham.
Trainees will be working with a variety of historic vessels at these sites, receiving specialist training in the significance of traditional craft and how to operate them safely and effectively. Starting on Monday 3 March, the first five trainees will begin the programme with a tailored course in historic vessel maintenance at the International Boatbuilding Training College, Lowestoft.