The Clyde Docks Preservation Initiative - Protecting and promoting the evolving maritime heritage of the tidal River Clyde

Protecting and Promoting the Evolving Maritime Heritage of the Tidal River Clyde

Our Core Aims & Vision

Mission Statement

The mission of CDPI is to promote the maritime heritage of the Clyde region as a modern and evolving concept.

We aim to encourage retention, investment in and sustainable use of historic dock sites and other maritime infrastructure on the Clyde in ways that benefit communities, the economy and the maritime environment of the region.

We work both through direct activity and efforts to positively influence others with the necessary resources.

River Clyde at Sunset
Our Approach

Our broad strategy is firmly rooted in social enterprise and addressing the current and future needs of young people and the communities of the Clyde.

Our approach is built on outreach and collaboration but we are equally prepared to hold stakeholders and policy makers to account and to challenge failures to adequately address key issues of concern.

Our Key Strategic Aims
Protection and promotion of maritime heritage and maritime assets in the River and Firth of Clyde Region
Supporting meaningful opportunities for young people in heritage, leisure, tourism, skills preservation, maritime/marine industry, sustainable development and ecology
Promoting economic and micro-enterprise opportunities built around or integrated into the protection and evolution of maritime heritage
Facilitating and/or collaborating in initiatives for education about the maritime heritage of the Clyde and its relevance to the modern world
Promoting awareness of maritime heritage as being about contemporary and evolving culture, activity, innovation, technology and sustainable development
River Clyde at Sunset
Scope of Our Activity

Our work is much wider in scope than just historical heritage protection in the conventional sense. The history is only one part of the jigsaw and we are concerned primarily with the "living heritage" that is constantly evolving and what we leave for future generations.

An important part of our work involves looking at innovation and the scope of modern maritime industry as well as community benefit, ecology, sustainable development concerns, promoting active use of the river and opportunities for social enterprise, leisure, tourism and cultural activity. Particularly how these connect with the evolving tangible and intangible heritage. This means networking and collaborating with experts in all of these fields to bring diverse knowledge together.

The Clyde as a river and region is largely disconnected. There is no joined-up strategy between the public, third & private sectors, academia or the communities that line the Clyde to address how the potential of the river and its maritime heritage (in the broadest sense) can be fully developed. The region and Glasgow in particular has been all too quick and eager to erase the historic maritime industrial infrastructure.

How the Clyde can again in time compete with other post industrial rivers and port/dockland regions, that have had many successes in adapting rather than destroying the physical evidence of their history, is one of the key questions CDPI aims to seek answers to. We aim to build a broad collaborative network around initiatives to take this forward.

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