What is IBTC Portsmouth?
We are a training provider, with a difference. We are all about practical skills and heritage craft; real people, real boats, real employment, flexible training, teaching the individual and we are not classroom based.
An Introduction to IBTC Portsmouth
In the heart of the Historic Dockyard, Boathouse 4 is a stunning venue for our training courses and it is filled with wooden boats in all stages of repair and build. Anyone with an interest in wooden boats or boat building will love it.
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The Portsmouth Historic Dockyard boasts some of the most precious pieces of maritime history, like HMS Victory and Warrior. Now it’s nurturing the skills needed to keep them in good shape for the future.
At IBTC Portsmouth we offer a range of short courses, for all abilities. The courses can range from making canvas Ditty Bags, to creating your own tools.
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IBTC Portsmouth Testimonials
“I am delighted that IBTC Portsmouth is leading the Boathouse 4 project. Nat and Gill Wilson worked closely with National Historic Ships UK providing training for our HLF-funded Shipshape Heritage Training Programme and I am looking forward to seeing them developing Boathouse 4 as a centre of excellence and a hub for the Shipshape Solent skills network”.
Martyn Heighton – Director, National Historic Ships UK
“Those working on restorations were very happy to talk about what they were doing and the work involved. Their passion, pride and interest came through. It is important the shipwrights skills are passed on and this museum is achieving that, with the added bonus of the public can see at first-hand what is being done.”
Visitor, December 2015.
“Very many thanks to IBTC Portsmouth for making me so welcome at the taster day yesterday. I thought that you got it just right. I really appreciated the small group, hands on experience, & the excellent afternoon session touring the shop floor, & getting a close-up view of the boats.”
Taster Day Participant, November 2015
“Many thanks to the team at IBTC Portsmouth for inviting my son and myself to a tour of Boathouse 4. We found it most interesting and we were very impressed with the high quality of training and the work being undertaken by your students. Well done to you all and we will definitely be back to visit you in the future. Best wishes.”
Trustee Tour Participant