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MAT's Engaging New Audiences (ENA) project was a three year project, generously funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Through this three year innovative project the MAT developed a new range of initiatives designed to:

  • increase public awareness and understanding of maritime archaeology
  • increase access to the maritime heritage, providing greater opportunities for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to become involved
  • take our exciting and inspiring resources and educational activities into the community to engage new audiences, and
  • provide resources to enable educators in formal and informal settings to use maritime heritage in their teaching

The project was delivered through a number of linked elements:

These elements were developed, co-ordinated and delivered by two members of staff employed on the project; an Education Officer and an Access and Outreach Officer. Project Management was provided by two existing members of MAT staff.

This project funded two full-time posts and paid for the building of the Maritime Bus. During the course of the three years, this project enabled the MAT to:

  • reach 87,000 people at public events
  • reach 6,000 children / young people
  • support and benefit from 1,608 volunteer hours
  • support 21 student placements


HLF Feedback:
"I believe this has been an outstandingly successful project and done much to further the cause of maritime archaeology." (HLF Grants Officer, 2012)