Our Marine Historic Environment: Enhancing the National Monument Record

Virginia Dellino-Musgrave, 2011

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Maritime Archaeology Ltd (MA Ltd) have been commissioned by English Heritage through the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund (ALSF) to undertake a project entitled Our Marine Historic Environment: Enhancing the National Monuments Record. The overall aim of this project is to compare the wreck data maintained by the National Monuments Record (NMR) and United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) datasets and, where applicable, suggest solutions as to how any discrepancies should be overcome.

Phase 1, the identification of the scale of the issue, was completed in November 2010. The usability within a spatial context, the format and the method of bringing both datasets together has been assessed and challenges identified. Phase 1 results can be summarised as follows:

  • Some basic common standardisation of data field and content to allow matching further records in the future is needed.
  • Spatial discrepancies in both distance and direction were identified in all pilot areas undertaken as part of this Phase One of work.
  • The data attribute assessment illustrated that there are several fields in both datasets with equivalent data but presentation and use of this data is not always consistent.

This project supports the work undertaken by the NMR in relation to finds reported through the EH-British Marine Aggregate Producers Association (BMAPA) Protocol for Reporting Finds of Archaeological Interest. Importantly, it will enable better informed licensing processes and facilitate a greater understanding of the data required to support UK Government priorities such as marine spatial planning.