Press Release: Initial Heritage Lottery Fund support for restoration project – 2nd April 2014

For Immediate Release

Preservation of Light Vessel LV 50

I am pleased to be able to announce that Royal Northumberland Yacht Club has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for our ‘HY Tyne-Lightvessel LV 50 preservation’ project.
The project aims to carry out essential work including the repair or replacement of all rotted timber in the hull, particularly in the area of the stem post or bow section. It will also repair or replace superstructure, which has deteriorated through time, and build and install the lantern back onto the mast.
The history of the vessel will be thoroughly researched and made available for historians, schools and other interested parties through the digitisation of photographic records and drawings. Community groups will also be encouraged to participate in educational activities designed to reflect the historical nature of the vessel and the times she operated in. This will include acting as visitor guides and presenting historical information about the vessel to schoolchildren who will be encouraged to visit and learn from the experience.
The initiative will also provide training to volunteers in presentation skills, research, documentation, digitisation and archival skills. Some of this will be focused on the design of the vessel and research into archaeological aspects of the vessel as no records now exist of who, where or how she was built. Apprenticeships are likely to be developed as part of the repair project to this timber vessel. It is expected that preservation work will commence in early Summer 2015 and take approximately 8 months to complete
Development funding of £69,600 has been awarded to us by HLF in order to allow us to progress our plans to apply for the full grant later this year.
We are very proud of House Yacht Tyne and her history and it is important that we preserve her and make her available for the community and future generations. We must ensure her historical value as one of the last British timber light vessels is maintained and the knowledge that has already been generated through our work in seeking this funding shows that there is a huge interest in having her here in the North East.

Ivor Crowther, head of Heritage Lottery Fund North East said,” We’re delighted to be supporting these exciting plans for the Light Vessel project. Not only will the project restore the historic vessel but it will also provide many opportunities to get the local community involved. Volunteers will have a big part to play, learning about local maritime history and learning new skills. HLF are looking forward to seeing these plans progress over the coming months.”

I would like to express my sincere thanks to all those who have been involved in this lengthy and complex application process but add that there is still a huge amount of work to be done in the preparation of our Stage 2 application. Any members who would like to be actively involved in this historic and exciting project, please contact me using my details as shown in the yearbook

Paul Common

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported almost 36,000 projects with more than £5.9bn across the UK.