Archive centreWhitehaven
ReferenceYDSO 182
TitleWhitehaven Maritime Festival Company
DescriptionThis collection is compriseed of (unsigned) meeting minutes and notes, accounts, publicity and correspondence, including samples of letters sent to exhibitors and sponsors. The material here concerns the early period of the Festival's organisation and history.
Date1999-2004
ContextGerard Richardson, wine seller, was the founder and Chief Executive of the Festival Committee. The management committee comprised of volunteers from local companies and organisations as well as representatives of councils and the Town Mayor. The first festival was held in 1999, with subsequent events in 2001, 2003 and 2005. It was later revived in 2015 for the final time.

In 2001, it was sponsored by Cumbria County Council, Copeland Borough Council, The Whitehaven News, UKAEA, BNFL, UCB Films and Whitehaven Development Company. The event organiser for 1999 was Richmond Event Management and for the 2001 and 2003 festivals, it was a company called Rhythm of Life.

By 2005, it was renamed the Whitehaven International Maritime Festival and Eddie Stobart was a partner.
ArrangementThe accession was arranged in four lever arch files, two labelled 2001 and two labelled 2003. One contained meeting notes from 1999, when the first festival took place.
Related materialFurther publicity can be found in the Local Studies files on Whitehaven Maritime Festival.
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