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Updates from Maritime Film UK’s Rob White, TV producer, reporter and camera operator with 30 years’ experience at the BBC, Channel 4 and ITN

UP THERE WITH ELLIE

21 July 2022

When it comes to diversity at The National Museum of the Royal Navy, the sky is literally the limit…or a last a whole lot of feet closer to it. Ellie Pacey is a full-time rigger with the museum – a vital skill given all the ships NMRN has to look after. De-rigging Victory brought with it special challenges, not least the yard (or more) circumference of one of the main stays, which had to be unpicked from the mast by hand, with Ellie and colleagues suspended on safety ropes, swinging above the main deck of the ship after climbing up and up to their “office” in the sky. As usual, quavering enquiries from yours (no head for heights) truly about the challenge met with an “It’s my job” shrug and a smile. Just one key rule, though: don’t drop anything.

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About Rob

Rob is a TV producer, reporter and camera operator with 30 years of experience at the BBC, Channel 4 and ITN, in news, factual and documentary production. He is a four-time award winner, whose awards include a coveted Royal Television Society award for his work on Channel 4 News. His association with the Maritime Foundation goes back to 1995 when he won the first Desmond Wettern Maritime Media Award for a series of reports that led to a major documentary on the loss of the bulk carrier Derbyshire.

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