A Manual of Maritime Curatorship

Produced by the Maritime Heritage Network, this handbook provides a useful introduction to maritime curatorship for those who work in maritime museums, as well as those in related museum and heritage fields who are not maritime specialists, but who may have to deal with maritime material. It is an excellent overview of the extraordinarily broad and deep knowledge of the maritime world built up by curators and others over many decades.


This new edition is a collaborative effort by members of the UK Maritime Heritage Network, the ‘Subject Specialist Network’ for maritime heritage in the UK and Northern Ireland. The original version of the manual was published in 2002.

Network members Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, Royal Museums Greenwich (National Maritime Museum) and SS Great Britain Trust have all had significant input, working with network partners the Collections Trust, National Historic Ships, International Congress of Maritime Museums, and the Association of Independent Museums.
The first edition of the Manual of Maritime Curatorship was published with support from the UK South West Museums Council. This new edition received generous support from Arts Council England.