Projects

ukmcs4UKMCS is currently working on a project to collate information about all the UK’s naval figureheads: http://figureheads.ukmcs.org.uk/

Led by the National Maritime Museum, in November 2010 the United Kingdom Maritime Collection Strategy (UKMCS) began a pilot project to create an online, image-based, national database of Royal Naval and merchant ship figureheads. Its aims are to record the whereabouts and history of all known figureheads, which are found throughout the UK, monitor their condition, assess their significance, and make the information widely and freely available. Although it will eventually be possible to include known information on figureheads that have for various reasons disappeared, currently only figureheads still in existence are being catalogued.

An important aspect of the project is that the website will allow visitors to record, comment on and send in photographs of figureheads they have seen. Indeed, the success of the project will depend in part on generating enthusiasm among interested individuals and encouraging them to feed information into the website essay writer help. The database will be a resource of immense significance to researchers, online visitors and museums alike, both in the UK and abroad.

The project, co-ordinated by the National Maritime Museum, has been made possible through the help of volunteers.

Your comments on the figureheads website are important to us and all correspondences should be addressed to: figureheads@rmg.co.uk

In 2005-06 a project to map the UK’s Marine Engineering collections took place. Details of its outputs can be found here:

There have also been smaller-scale projects on naval uniforms and ship model conservation.