Many of our predecessors based their communities and made a living from being at the edge of the world’s seas and oceans. They left us a fascinating heritage that we can explore, enjoy and use to enrich today’s society. Whether in our towns and cities or in rural landscapes, the character of places draws upon the past, stimulating interest and enjoyment amongst those who live there, and attracting visitors from both near and far.
On land, the importance of heritage and its relevance both to society and economy is becoming increasingly recognised. However, the overall contribution of marine and maritime heritage seems largely unrecognised, despite its richness and existing impact.
The HFF Steering Committee on UCH supports greater recognition of the current social and economic contribution of marine and maritime cultural heritage whilst making the case for greater accessibility and effective management in future.
The Steering Committee’s work on social and economic benefits has concentrated so far on the situation in the UK but it is hoped that its findings will resonate in many other places around the world where the marine and maritime past forms a vibrant part of the cultural heritage.