Scoping Stage Project Summary Report
This outreach project aims to target different and varied audiences, initially in Cyprus, through a novel but tried and tested means, the Maritime Archaeology Trust (MAT) Discovery Bus. The Maritime Outreach Bus has already successfully engaged a range of audiences in the UK and Northern Europe, raising interest and awareness in maritime archaeology. The Maritime Bus travels to a series of targeted destinations such as schools and colleges, museums, community centres, and local events and shows. It is equipped with a range of display and teaching materials and managed by a small team of maritime archaeological experts.
Recognising the potential for the Maritime Bus to help raise the profile of maritime archaeology on Cyprus the MAT worked together with the Maritime Archaeological Stewardship Trust (MAST), and the Maritime Archaeological Research Laboratory (MARELab) of the University of Cyprus to develop a scoping project to develop the concept. Thanks to funding from the Honor Frost Foundation it has been possible to test the appeal of the Maritime Outreach Bus in Cyprus and to develop proposals for using it to effectively engage a range of audiences in the importance, significance and excitement of maritime and underwater cultural heritage.
Below are two reports that reflect the two stages of this project: a report on the outcomes of the scoping stage, and a report on the tour that took place in Cyprus in 2017. The next stage is to review the experience and feedback from the tour to determine the feasibility for a larger tour including other countries in the region. Read more
Read the Report for the scoping project