Maritime Archives Workshop 2019


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Essential information

Date and time: 
28 October 2019 | 10.30am - 4.30pm
National Maritime Museum, Lecture Theatre

The Caird Library at The National Maritime Museum is pleased to announce the programme for a free workshop on working with shipbuilding records.

As records of the British shipbuilding industry can encompass vast swathes of material, from core business records to technical drawings, photographs to digital records, the challenge of how to appraise, catalogue and make these available to the public can often be daunting.

The workshop aims to address these issues with speakers bringing their experiences and insights to the day, and attendees will also have the opportunity to discuss how they have addressed these challenges in order to form the basis of a toolkit on how to manage records of shipbuilding.

The programme will also include an opportunity to discuss the work of the UK Maritime Heritage Forum and it is hoped the session will also serve as a pilot for an annual event focussing on maritime archives as part of a new Maritime Heritage Subject Specialists Group linked to the UKMHF.


Spaces are limited so please get in touch now to book your place! To book please email


10.30-11.00: Registration and coffee

11.00-11.10: Welcome and introductions

11.10-11.40: Kiara King, Archivist, Ballast Trust – On issues of accessioning and appraisal, and where to deposit shipbuilding records

11.40-12.10: Rachel Gill, Archives Officer, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums – On cataloguing shipbuilding records: from technical to business records

12.10-12.30: Samuel Bartle, Archivist for digital preservation & engagement in East Riding of Yorkshire 'Trawling Through Time' project - On expanding the user base and reaching out to new potential users

12.30-12.50: Questions

12.50-13.45: Lunch

13.45-14.05: Dr Mike Rogers, Sector Development Manager, Midlands, Transport & Schools, The National Archives – On business archives networking

14.05-14.25: Joanna Mathers, Maritime Curator, SS Great Britain Trust - On options for building a network of maritime archives

14.25-14.35: Question time

14.35-15.15: Break, followed by display of items from shipbuilding collections held by NMM

15.15-16.15: Discussion regarding building a toolkit for giving advice on dealing with shipbuilding/maritime records

16.15-16.30: Final comments and close