PRIISMH -Program for the Rottnest Island Interpretation of Shipwrecks and Maritime Heritage
The Program for the Rottnest Island Interpretation of Shipwrecks and Maritime Heritage (PRIISMH) project is a community-based initiative conducted under the aegis of the Maritime Archaeology Association of Western Australia (MAAWA), in collaboration with the Western Australian Museum (WAM), the Rottnest Island Authority, Tempus Archaeology, Shipwreck Data, and with the sponsorship of the Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme (MMAPSS) 2016-2017 from the Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM) and the Australian Government.
The current project has developed in response to the findings from a recent condition report of the Rottnest Onshore Shipwreck Plaques (MAAWA, 2015), pointing at their degree of deterioration, leading MAAWA and RIA to identify as a priority the need to update the land based shipwreck trails (currently 30 years old) in order to address issues associated with the potential health and safety problems and overall visitor experience. The project represents a new stage in an on-going programme of site documentation, management and interpretation within the broad Perth region, initiated by MAAWA in 2014 under the aegis of the Three-Dimensional (3D) Maritime Archaeology Project – Perth Region (3DMAPRR), which received initial funding through the Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology (AIMA). The main objectives of the PRIISMH project is to build upon the experience of these recent initiatives in order to enhance the presentation of Rottnest Island maritime cultural heritage through the development and establishment of new and innovative forms of on-site and off-site interpretative medias.
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