• Whose row-barge is it, anyway?

The feasibility study is silent on this point as is the Gloriana website. It has been commonly assumed that it belongs to a charitable trust but no-one had the details. A Google search turns up this quote from its designer, Mark Edwards: ‘ . . The royal barge was also intended as a legacy, so it now belongs to the Maritime Heritage Trust [MHT], which uses it for charities and good causes . . ‘

It is mentioned only once on the Trust’s website, in its Winter 2014 Newsletter [the most recent issue]: ‘ . . the row-barge has now  emerged from its “chrysalis”, having  been built, named by HM The Queen on  25th April 2012, led the Jubilee flotilla  some six weeks later and then carried  the Olympic torch down the Thames  during its final journey to the Olympic  Park . . ‘ – but that is all.


It seems likely, therefore, that MHT have said that they will only take Gloriana if it comes with an endowment and a home. At present it has neither, so it remains in the hands of those who had it built – future heritage perhaps, but apparently a present-day white elephant.


• Why Gloriana is not ‘Heritage’

‘ . . 1.2 Briefly discussed the possibility of getting funds from [the Heritage Lottery Fund]. Lord Stirling has connections with this organisation. Generally felt that this may not be possible as the project, although dealing with heritage matters, was essentially new and hence probably not applicable . . ‘

Gloriana board meeting, May 7 2014.

Source: A Freedom of Information request to the council from Sasha Katarina


logo_hdr_HLF  ‘What we fund:

We fund projects which focus on heritage. Heritage includes many different things from the past that we value and want to pass on to future generations, for example:

– Archaeological sites;

– Collections of objects, books or documents in museums, libraries or archives;

– Cultural traditions such as stories, festivals, crafts, music, dance and costumes;

– Historic buildings and streets;

– Histories of people and communities (including people who have migrated to the UK);

– Histories of places and events;

– Languages and dialects;

– Natural and designed landscapes and gardens;

– Natural heritage, including habitats, species and geology; and

– People’s memories and experiences (often recorded as ‘oral history’ or spoken history);

– Places and objects linked to our industrial, maritime and transport history . . ’

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‘The Board . .  delegates powers to regional . . committees which make decisions on awards . . up to £2million. There are 12 committees . .  made up of local people recruited through open advertisement . . Read about the members of our . . committees: . . London


What is heritage?

‘Heritage’ comprises: archaeology on land and under water, historic buildings sites and areas, designated landscapes and the historic elements of the wider landscape.

from: Funding of the arts and heritage Written evidence submitted by English Heritage September 2010.


• Is the Gloriana ‘heritage’?

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NO. It’s only two years old and it is a new design, derived from a Canaletto painting, not a replica of an actual boat.