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National Historic Ships UK 2013 announces new Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Historic Vessel Conservation

National Historic Ships UK (NHS-UK), in conjunction with the International Boatbuilding Training College (IBTC), has announced it is now able to offer a new and unique Level 3 BTEC in the Conservation of Historic Vessels.  Available from January 2014 at IBTC’s Lowestoft hub, the course has been designed to offer practical hands-on training in the specialist skills required to build and conserve traditional wooden boats.  In order to give the course the best possible start in its first year, NHS-UK are offering

CRT Chief Executive launches wider engagement with boaters

The Canal & River Trust’s new chief executive, Richard Parry, has spent his first few months in the job getting first-hand experience of the things that are central to the charity’s purpose.  “All our many users, especially boaters, are vital to the Trust,” he says, “I want to make sure we listen carefully to views from the cut and openly share our ideas and plans for the future so that we get input from those whose commitment to our waterways is greatest.”  

CRT to auction canal artefacts on eBay

During November and early December the Canal & River Trust is auctioning over 100 items of waterways memorabilia.

The memorabilia came to light when a trawl to identify important canal artefacts and documents hidden away in the Trust’s yards across the South East also turned up memorabilia which may be of interest to canal lovers. None of the items have been assessed as being suitable to add to the Trust’s national collection.