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Maritime heritage conference to be held in Falmouth

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: August 27, 2014

Traditional Cornish boat builder Marcus Lewis demonstrates his skills foran EU project

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A maritime heritage conference dedicated to preserving wooden boat building skills is being oganised in Cornwall this autumn.

Marine businesses, job seekers, education professionals and volunteers with an interest in the industry are invited to attend the event at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth and share their skills and experience.

The conference is being hosted by Cornwall Marine Network as part of an Interreg 2 Seas EU scheme called Maritime Heritage Skills.

The project aims to pass on traditional skills which are recognised as being of regional economic and cultural importance, but are at risk of being lost due to an aging workforce.

The Maritime Heritage Skills conference will include presentations, interactive workshops and the launch of a unique new suite of online boat building training tools.

Guest speakers include the NMMC’s new director Richard Doughty, who was previously responsible for the restoration of the Cutty Sark.

Tim Bowerbank, marketing manager of CMN, said: “This conference will demonstrate the value of the project’s free virtual learning environment to an audience of marine businesses, people interested in working and volunteering in the sector, and education professionals involved in delivering boat building courses.

“We are regularly approached by young people in Cornwall who express an interest in becoming boat builders and this will give them an avenue to develop their skills and engage with potential marine employers and course lecturers.”

The project’s virtual learning environment comprises of thousands of assets such as videos, images, CAD drawings, interviews and accredited course frameworks - all captured around boatyards in the UK, Belgium, Holland and France.

Mr Bowerbank said the conference delegates will hear about the project’s free training frameworks, learn how this new set of educational tools will support businesses in the sector, explore the virtual learning environment, discover more about new career pathways and opportunities in the industry, and network with like-minded maritime enthusiasts and experts from the UK and overseas.

The event will take place on Thursday October 23, from 10am to 1pm.

Book for this free event via Eventbrite at www.maritime-heritage-skills-conference.eventbrite.co.uk or email Georgia.White@cornwallmarine.net

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