Saving our Ships: How to Conserve Historic Vessels

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18 June | 5.15pm, wine reception from 6.30pm
Talks & courses

Join us for a free talk in central London about the exciting world of conserving historic vessels featuring Claire Denham & Simon Thompson (Cutty Sark, RMG), Chris Jones (Chatham Historic Dockyard) and Arabella Roberts (National Museum of the Royal Navy), chaired by Hannah Cunliffe (National Historic Ships UK). All are welcome and there is no need to book. 

Historic vessels are an important part of our national heritage but preserving them requires funding, expertise and a lot of hard work. Hear about the challenges presented by these complex objects and the histories behind them.

Our expert panel brings together decades of experience working on and with historic vessels. They will discuss their day-to-day work with ships like Cutty Sark, now approaching its 150th birthday, as well as what the future may hold.

What challenges do historic vessels present conservators, technicians and curators? How close can restoration get us to the ‘original’ ship? What is the aim of conserving historic vessels?

Maritime History & Culture Seminars 2018/19:

All seminars start at 5.15pm in Wolfson Room I, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, London, WC1E 7HU.