Managing England’s Protected Wreck Sites

Author(s): Alison James

Year: 2013


In the ten years since English Heritage assumed some responsibilities for the historic environment of England’s seabed, many advances have been made in the physical management of submerged heritage.  

It is an exciting time forEngland’s Protected Wreck site with many new initiatives. A recent development has been the implementation of the Heritage Crime Initiative in the marine environment which is enabling better protection of the sites. The work of Licensees has long been recognised as instrumental to the management of the protected wreck sites and recently their work has resulted in them being recognised as English Heritage Affiliated Volunteers. Various initiatives including a number of dive trail schemes are opening up the protected wreck sites to a wider audience than every before.

This paper will examine the issues and difficulties associated with the management, monitoring and policing of the protected wreck sites, as well as looking at what the future may hold. 

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Managing England’s Protected Wreck Sites. Alison James. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428586)

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Geographic Keywords
United Kingdom Western Europe

Spatial Coverage

min long: -8.158; min lat: 49.955 ; max long: 1.749; max lat: 60.722 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 328