Guidance on Historic Military Wrecks Outside of UK

On 28 April, the General Secretary wrote to Ministers at the Foreign Office, Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) to support the recommendation by the British Academy and the Honor Frost Foundation that the UK Government should ratify the 2001 UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage. By happy coincidence, on 1 May the MoD and DCMS issued guidance on the Protection and Management of Historic Military Wrecks outside UK Territorial Waters. Whilst this guidance is confined to Historic British Military Wrecks, it is an extremely welcome initiative and, we hope, a step toward ratification of the 2001 UNESCO convention.