*Closes  31st January *

Ulster Maritime Heritage (UMH) is a newly-established voluntary body which seeks to protect our unique maritime heritage, and to bring its significance to the attention of central and local Government. It also exists to promote the many heritage projects both around our coast and on inshore waters. UMH has attracted support across wider Ulster of some 50 organisations and individuals, including Government representatives, local Councils, Museums, community organisations and those involved in practical boat-building and restoration.

A Constitution for UMH has been approved by the membership, as well as a Strategy document which identifies a number of projects. An executive Committee, with a chair and secretary, was also established, prior to covid, to take the organisation to the next stage.  

However, to complete the Committee and move forward practically UMH needs a volunteer Treasurer. This person will undertake, with practical support from the chair and secretary, some key functions. These will include opening a bank account and working with the Committee to source grants to ensure UMH’s sustainability. In the longer term UMH will be looking for funding for a part-time project manager.

There are many potential sources of funding to explore, including the National Lottery Heritage Fund; Coastal Communities Fund, EU, Cross-Border and Republic of Ireland Funding Streams; NI Executive / Central Funding; Trusts & Foundations.

In addition, the UMH Committee wish to work up proposals for a subscription regime for groups and individual members.

Committee meetings may either take place in Belfast or on Zoom.

The UMH secretary, Robin Masefield, would be delighted to talk to any interested persons, and supply further information and documents. He can be contacted on 07966 589091 or at rmasefield@hotmail.com.