We don't often see the fruits of Australian Research Council grant projects - here is an exception.
The following link to a 2013 academic publication in the Bulletin of the Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology (Vol. 37, pages 1-19), is an early progress report on a grant awarded in 2012 for 'The Australian Historic Shipwreck Preservation Project'.
Click here to read the article titled 'The Australian Historic Shipwreck Preservation Project 2012: First report on the background, reburial and in-situ preservation of the Clarence (1841-50)'.
Four universities, two state heritage departments, the federal Australian heritage department, two parts of a state museum and the Australian Institute for Maritime Archaeology collaborate on this three-year project.
The main aim of the project is to:
'...systematically test in-situ preservation methodologies and provide a critique of practical protocols for the assessment and conservation of 'at-risk' historic shipwrecks.'
When we prepare our bi-annual analysis of Australian Research Council grants we often finish our report expressing a hope that we will hear how the research progresses. Our news item announcing the awarding of this grant in June 2011 is such an example: $5 million in research grants awarded.
We're glad to have located this report for our readers and look forward to posting the final findings of this project after it finishes sometime in the next year.