Securing a Future for Maritime Archaeological Archives

A new initiative from the Hampshire & Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology aims to catalogue archives relating to Maritime Archaeology in the UK.

Hampshire & Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology logo Hampshire & Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology archives The situation in the UK relating to maritime archaeological archives and collections is currently being investigated through the ‘Securing a Future for Maritime Archaeological Archives’ project. There are few museums and archives which are able to accept and curate collections from the marine and inter-tidal zone. This has lead to a situation where it is often difficult to deposit archives from archaeological investigations. As part of the project HWTMA are keen to contact as many groups, individuals, organisations and institutions which may hold maritime archaeological archive to investigation the amount of archive material generated, the types of material (objects, paper records, photographs, digital files etc) and its accessibility.

If you or your organisation hold maritime archives, you can help the HWTMA ‘Securing a Future for Maritime Archaeological Archives’ project by filling in their online questionnaire. Further information is available on the project website, where you can also find a number of downloadable documents.

The project is being supported by English Heritage, Historic Scotland, Royal Commission for the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland and the Society of Museum Archaeologists. The Hampshire & Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology, Institute for Archaeologists and Archaeology Data Service are responsible for delivering the project.

HWTMA hope that the survey will provide the necessary baseline information required to gauge the current numbers and diversity of maritime archives and collections, enabling the project to help develop appropriate responses to ensure there are enhanced facilities and support for maritime archaeological heritage.

For more information on the Securing a Future for Maritime Archaeological Archives Project and its goals, contact:

Victoria Millership, Administrator
The Hampshire & Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology,
Room W1/95, National Oceanography Centre,
Empress Dock,
Southampton
SO14 3ZH

Telephone: 02380 593290