Belfast Maritime Conference

Our Maritime Heritage – Research, Resources and Restoration

An all-day conference entitled 'Our Maritime Heritage: Research, Resources and Restoration' taking place at PRONI on Thursday 20 October 2016 beginning at 9.30 am and running to 6.00 pm.

This joint conference has been organised by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI), Titanic Foundation Limited, HMS Caroline, National Historic Ships UK, Gerry Brennan (Silvery Light Sailing) and Robin Masefield (author). 

This conference explores national, local and individual responses to how we protect our maritime heritage.

Conference at PRONI: 9.30 am-4.15 pm

The conference will commence with a keynote address by Marcus Connaughton, presenter of RTÉ Radio 1’s maritime programme ‘Seascapes’, and Hannah Cunliffe,  National Historic Ships UK.  Speakers include Gerry Brennan on the Silvery Light project; Christopher Kenny on the schooner Result; Sean Patterson on the Newry Canal and Fishers’ Fleet, Kerrie Sweeney on the development and restoration  work on the Harland and Wolff Drawing Offices; Dr Sally Montgomery on the history of Mew Island Lighthouse Optic and its restoration; and Desmond McCabe on maritime research in PRONI archives. Other topics will include the restoration of HMS Caroline, and obtaining project funding. The conference will conclude with an open panel discussion.

Lunch: SS Nomadic

Lunch will be provided on SS Nomadic for the first 65 delegates to register.  Remaining delegates will be invited to make their own lunch arrangements.   

HMS Caroline visit: 4.15 pm – 6.00 pm

Conclude the day with a visit to HMS Caroline (maximum 80 delegates).


Admission is FREE, however booking is essential.  As places are limited in each venue, please register for each element you wish to attend.  Register for this event at Eventbrite(external link opens in a new window / tab).