As the activity plan and public engagement part of the Boleh Project nears completion, and with our apprentices moving to full time employment or further training, we say goodbye, with regret and thanks, to our Project Coordinator Katy Hutchinson. Katy has been with us from the beginning of the Heritage Lottery Fund project and leaves us to join The National Museum of the Royal Navy.

Katy’s oversight of the activity plan has seen us engage with young people through apprenticeships, research projects for Southampton University students and media projects for local school children at Charter Academy. We have also designed, built and launched an interactive website and have recruited and trained local volunteers to help us put together a fascinating online archive catalogue. During the project we have also held regular public Open Days, where we have met many hundreds of people, including some who had previously sailed onboard Boleh.

Tim Gallier, who has been a volunteer and apprentice mentor for the project will now run the office at Henderson Road. Tim will do this on a part time basis, as we make the last push to complete Boleh’s restoration and move her back in to the water.