Project information

Big Anchor Project

The Big Anchor Project is a fun heritage recording initiative which aims to empower public volunteers in the recording of anchors around the world. Via the project website, volunteers are empowered to record the heritage within their community.

January 2016 - December 2028

Charity information: Nautical Archaeology Society

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  • Need

    Need

    Ever since man first took to the sea he has made anchors. First of stone then of metal, the changes in design demonstrates technological progress through the centuries. The distribution of particular types may show old trade routes, or mark the progress of exploration, and all this evidence is just lying around us every day.

    Solution

    Today the image of the anchor is everywhere - as brand names and company logos acting as a symbol of strength and safety. Anchors themselves are everywhere also - in public parks and gardens, on roundabouts, beach promenades, under the sea, hanging on pub walls and even as ornaments in private houses and gardens. In fact it is difficult to go a week without seeing an anchor. Help us record them…..

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To empower public volunteers in the recording of anchors around the world.


    Activities

    » Via the project website, volunteers are able to download recording forms and the accompanying guidance notes.

    What success will look like

    The records generated by volunteers are entered into an online database for researchers and the public.


  • Impact

    Impact

    By facilitating recording at three different levels (Gold, Silver and Bronze) the Big Anchor Project aims to build the world’s only comprehensive research tool for maritime historians and archaeologists that will aid in anchor identification, type, provenance and period.

    Risk

    The Big Anchor Project is open for all to participate. The project is ideal for all ages who might wish to participate from school children to retired people. The vast majority of anchors recorded so far have come from a terrestrial context. This is expected to continue and therefore there is no prior experience or qualifications required to take part.

    Reporting

    Donors will be invited to a number of organised training events around the world

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £1,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £250 Website Website hosting and maintanance
      £250 Promotion Creation and printing of promotional materials
      £500 Events Contribution to training events
  • Background

    Location

    NAS, Fort Cumberland,
    Eastney,
    Portsmouth,
    PO4 9LD

    Beneficiaries

    The Big Anchor Project is open for all to participate. The project is ideal for all ages who might wish to participate from school children to retired people.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The NAS is a non-government organisation formed to further interest in our underwater cultural heritage. The NAS aims to preserve our archaeological heritage in the marine environment, by acting as a focus for coastal and marine archaeology

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Mark Beattie-Edwards

    Project Co-ordinator