Maritime Heritage Network

The Maritime Heritage Network (MHN) is a UK-wide network of over 100 maritime museums, archives with maritime holdings, historic vessels and individuals working in maritime heritage industries or who have an interest in maritime heritage (e.g. maritime archaeologists). We were founded circa 1990 as the ‘Maritime Curators Group’, but moved in 2019 to a more inclusive network encompassing a broader membership (as listed above).

The Maritime Heritage Network was formed to provide a forum and support network for heritage professionals and volunteers who work with and care for the maritime heritage of the UK. The network aims to share knowledge, information, expertise and best practice in specialist collections management, public engagement, education, and conservation issues and advocacy for the UK’s maritime heritage.

MHN holds an annual conference and networking event, the UK Maritime Heritage Forum (UKMHF) which takes place at a different member museum each year. We have met in Liverpool (2008), Portsmouth (2009), Bristol (2010), Chatham (2011), Shetland (2013), Belfast (2014), Newcastle-upon-Tyne (2015), Jersey (2016), Hull (2017), Greenwich (2018) and Glasgow (2019). In 2021 we will have our first digital event.

The Acting Chair (until Summer 2021) of MHN is Matthew Tanner, Director & CEO of ss Great Britain Trust

The MHN Secretary is Joanna Mathers, ss Great Britain Trust (

UKMHF Coordinator is Sally Archer, Royal Museums Greenwich (

This SSN entry was last updated on 20/07/2021. Information incorrect or out-of-date?