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

The Core Aims and Vision of CDPI
Derelict Govan Graving dry dock Glasgow

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 ensure that historic dock sites and other maritime assets on the Clyde are preserved and used sustainably in ways that benefit local communities and the maritime economy of the region. Both through direct activity and efforts to positively influence others with the necessary resources.
Our Core Strategic Aims
Preservation and promotion of maritime heritage and maritime assets
Creating meaningful opportunities for young people in heritage, leisure, tourism, skills preservation, maritime/marine industry, sustainable development and ecology
Facilitating 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 and shipbuilding heritage of the Clyde
Creating an understanding of maritime heritage as being not just history and museums but more importantly also about contemporary and evolving culture, activity, technology, environmental protection and sustainable development
River Clyde cranes Govan Glasgow waterfront

Scope of CDPI 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 too seek answers to. We aim to build a broad collaborative network around initiatives to take this forward.

Our Approach

Our broad strategy is firmly rooted in social enterprise ethos and underpinned by addressing the current and future needs of young people and the local communities along 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 Core Aims & Vision
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