The Clyde Docks Preservation Initiative - Protecting and promoting the evolving maritime heritage of the tidal River Clyde

Protecting and Promoting the Evolving Maritime Heritage of the Tidal River Clyde

Our research, development & networking activities

The Clyde Docks Preservation Initiative was borne out of a campaign for the restoration of Govan's derelict graving docks as a maritime heritage park.

The background research and networking associated with the campaign has opened doors and identified opportunities to look at the wider context of maritime heritage. For a region having such a rich maritime heritage as the Clyde, there is relatively little trace of this remaining compared with other maritime regions, even those where most of the industry has also been lost. Little has been done to preserve the legacy of the Clyde and ensure it can adapt and remain relevant as a maritime region in the context of the modern world. Addressing this is at the very core of CDPI's activity.

River Clyde at Sunset
Research Focus: Sustainable Shipping

Use of wind power to propel ships for cargo transportation is making a comeback with vessels of all shapes and sizes in active use and research into more advanced designs being carried out by a number of expert groups.

This is only one part of a worldwide drive towards sustainable shipping, with hydrogen fuel having the potential to radically cut carbon dioxide emissions from transport of passengers and goods by sea.

Our interest in sustainable shipping is very broad in terms of its relationship to maritime heritage. We are also considering what role the Clyde could potentially play in servicing a more sustainable shipping industry and are engaging with a number of experts in this area.

Govan Graving Docks | pumphouse | maritime heritage park

The Clyde Needs a Connected Strategy

Our research and networking activity has identified a lack of joined up thinking throughout the Clyde region and between its local authority areas in terms of how waterfront space, heritage, regeneration and maritime activity is managed.

While there is a semblance of statutory protection for the historic environment there is no coherent vision for how the wider tangible, intangible, historic and living heritage can be developed and leveraged for social and economic benefit. Nor is there any strategy for the continuing development and nurturing of heritage that we create now and pass on to future generations.

Through our work we aim to encourage key stakeholders to collectively address this issue.

River Clyde at Sunset
River Clyde at Sunset
River Clyde at Sunset
River Clyde at Sunset
River Clyde at Sunset
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