About The Haven

A role in two

Harwich Haven: Surrender and Sanctuary was a two-year project of public research and interpretation around the Harwich Haven ports of North East Essex and East Suffolk (notably Harwich and Felixstowe). It was funded by National Lottery players and delivered in partnership with key national organisations such as The National Archives and The Wiener Library. Locally we worked extensively with the Harwich Festival and other community organisations.

The history of the Harwich Haven was celebrated in book produced for the Harwich Haven Authority back in 2013. This comprehensive and engaging history can be viewed here: https://hha.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Time-Tide-The-History-of-Harwich-Haven-Authority.pdf

Our project explored a defining passage of world history through the prism of two internationally significant anniversaries of events which happened here: the centenary of the surrender of the German U Boat fleet in November 1918 and the arrival of the first Jewish refugee children, known as the Kindertransport, in December 1938.. To find out more please drop us a line.


Our team of heritage and education professionals are looking forward to working with you throughout the project.

You can find out a little more about them below.


Project Manager

David Cain joined NewHS as a director in 2017. He is a historian and project manager with over twenty years experience of leading regional, national and international heritage and arts projects, most recently managing the three year Heritage Lottery Fund programme The Eighth in the East. David strongly believes in the power of heritage to shape social awareness and enable local people to keep the story of their own towns and villages alive for future generations. He has an M.A in History from the University of Sussex.


Community Engagement

Tabitha has worked in the Heritage Learning sector for over 5 years in a range of museums, organisations and projects across East Anglia, and recently worked as a Learning and Outreach Coordinator at a Coastal museum in Suffolk developing the Heritage Lottery Fund capital project Activity Plan. Tabitha believes that at the heart of heritage engagement there must be curiosity and enjoyment, and feels that if people have a connection to their local heritage they will continue to celebrate it. She is excited to be working on a project that highlights two internationally significant events and is keen to work closely with local organisations and partners to boost a strong sense of place and pride in the Harwich Haven and its historical importance. Tabitha holds a BA in History from University of East Anglia.



Sian Allpress is the Project Administrator for the Harwich Haven: Surrender and Sanctuary project. She joined the team in April 2018. She graduated from the University of Leicester in January 2018 with an MA in Museum Studies and has a BA in Archaeology also from the University of Leicester. This is her first heritage job, having volunteered with the Biggin Hill Memorial Museum, Leicester Museum Services and English Heritage before this. Sian joined this project because she is passionate about the celebration of local heritage and the inclusion of local people.