Maritime Heritage as a Catalyst for Regeneration and Business


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Presentation by Richard James at TRADE ROUTES event, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, 14 July 2011.

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Maritime Heritage as a Catalyst for Regeneration and Business

  1. 1. Maritime Heritage as a Catalyst for Regeneration and Business<br />Richard James<br />European Interreg IVA project - Rising Tide<br />Milford Haven Port Authority<br />Chairman - Maritime Heritage Trust (Wales)<br />
  2. 2. Training persons from disaffected backgrounds in Marine based skills<br />Community regeneration from the development of events in maritime tourism<br />Maritime Heritage Interpretation and the consideration of Maritime Heritage as an economic driver<br />
  3. 3. Cardigan Ship Building<br />
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  5. 5. Cardiff Bute East Dock<br />
  6. 6. Porthmadog<br />
  7. 7. The Dunbrody<br />Built in 1999 as a tourist attraction to tell the tale of emigration from Ireland during the potato famine in the mid 19th Century.<br />Now fixed at the quayside at New Ross County Wexford where she tells her story and where 750,000 visitors have taken a tour to hear the tales of the people that travelled on her.<br />An example of Maritime Heritage as an economic driver<br />
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  13. 13. The Dunbrody Visitors Centre<br />
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  17. 17. SS Great Britain<br />designed by Brunel<br />Launched in 1843<br />Scuttled in 1937<br />In the Falklands<br />Salvaged in 1970 and returned to Bristol docks where she was first built<br />Now an award winning tourist attraction<br />Tells the tale of her construction for those interested<br />Tells the social history of her time and is a fascination for all members of the family<br />150,000 – 170,000<br />Visitors annually<br />
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  20. 20. Bristol Docks circa 1900<br />
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  24. 24. The Morbihan – Semaine du Golfe<br />
  25. 25. La Semaine du Golfe<br />Held in the Morbihan region of Brittany a biennial traditional boat festival<br />Communities have come together to create a world class festival that celebrates their maritime heritage and culture<br />The festival began with 20 craft and now has over 1000 participating<br />Over 100,000 visitors walk along the quayside in Vannes during the week.<br />Here food, art, craft and music all come together with heritage and tradition<br />