Honorary Award for Pieter van der Merwe

Dr Pieter van der Merwe MBE DL, the General Editor for the National Maritime Museum, was honoured by the University of Greenwich on Thursday 16 July.


Dr Pieter van der Merwe, an acclaimed writer on British maritime history, and a key member of the National Maritime Museum for 40 years, becomes an Honorary Doctor of Letters (HonDLitt). Deputy Lieutenant for Greenwich, his MBE in 2012 recognised his services both to national life and his local community.

He has devoted a large part of his career to researching, understanding and promoting the values of British heritage. Throughout that time he has held many positions in societies and trusts to ensure that the nation's heritage is enjoyed by as many as possible: for example, he was instrumental in saving an important collection of Clarkson Stanfield theatre designs and model pieces which is now housed at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

A Greenwich resident for the past 30 years, he has served on the Greenwich Society to actively promote the interests of the town, and played a key role in the gaining of Royal Borough status in 2012.

His honorary award recognises his unique contribution to national life, heritage and culture.

Read the University of Greenwich Press Release