Our Maritime Heritage
On April 27th a conference on the theme of our ‘Our Maritime Heritage’ took place at Cultra Manor. Over 90 delegates attended enjoying ten separate presentations on a variety of variety of maritime themed subjects from Fermanagh cots to Kelly’s coal boats. Living Legacies provided a presence through Project Officer Clare Ablett who was presenting a talk on an archive of letters recently taken into the collections of National Museums NI. This donation recorded the life of local naval officer Bredin Delap. His service in the Royal Navy from 1913-23 provides a vital link to the experiences of sailors in the First World War. Particularly significant is the fact that Bredin was involved in the Battle of Jutland, one of the largest naval battles in history. Clare highlighted the vital work that has been achieved through the partnership between Living Legacies and NMNI through the digitally scanning of Bredins naval uniform and other items helping to bring his story to life for the audience.
Photo Credit: Navarat Turner