Rustbuckets or Floating Heritage – Corrosion of Historic Ships
5-8 September 2011 in Stockholm (Sweden) and Mariehamn (Åland, Finland)
Historic ships often become iconic symbols, both to the local community and the wider world. They are powerful representatives of by-gone eras and a way of life that is both fascinating and remote to most people. The Vasa in Stockholm and the Pommern in Mariehamn are two examples of that.
Beautiful as they are, historic vessels are also notoriously difficult and expensive to maintain. This conference aims to bring together people with a shared interest in the preservation of historic vessels and to discuss various approaches and aspects of managing historic ships, focusing on the problem of corrosion. We encourage all interested; scholars, interest groups, amateurs and professionals, to submit proposals for papers relating to any of the following themes.
i. Corrosion control; active and passive systems
ii. Surface treatment methods; traditional and modern techniques
iii. Working ship or historic monument; meeting modern requirements
iv. Repair or replication; different approaches
v. Making ends meet; financial management of historic ships
vi. Keeping the skills alive; creating a traditional skills base
Proposals for papers should include a brief abstract of 300 words and a CV or short biography of 200 words. There is also a session for short presentations on specific projects. The deadline for submissions is 28 January 2011. Please note that all participants must register for the conference.
The conference is a joint venture between the Vasa Museum in Stockholm and the Åland Maritime Museum in Mariehamn, in cooperation with the town of Mariehamn and the Åland University of Applied Sciences.
Conference registration opens on 1 March 2011. The conference fee is 360 euro and includes lunches, receptions and all transfers. Deadline for registration is 1 June 2011. There is an Early Bird fee of 325 euro for those registering before 1 April 2011. A small number of bursaries are available to students and professionals from institutions with limited funds. Bursary applications should be submitted to the congress office no later than 1 April 2011.
The conference starts at the Vasa Museum in Stockholm on Monday 8 September. In the late afternoon the conference relocates to Viking Line’s passenger ship, which will take the delegates through the beautiful archipelago to Åland. The conference continues on Tuesday and Wednesday in Mariehamn, with optional excursions on Thursday.
Stockholm Arlanda airport is served by most major airlines, while Stockholm-Skavsta and Stockholm-Västerås airports are used by many low-cost airlines. Mariehamn has frequent ferry services to Sweden and Finland as well as airline connections to Stockholm, Helsinki and Turku. For delegates wishing to visit mainland Finland, Helsinki Vanda airport is the major international airport.
The conference language is English.
The congress office will be open from October 2010
Rustbuckets 2011, Åland Maritime Museum, PB 98, AX-22101 Mariehamn, Åland, Finland
Rustbuckets 2011, Vasamuseet, Box 27131, SE-10252 Stockholm, Sweden
Ph: +46(0)8 5195 4800
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