Discovery is just the Beginning: NAS / TDP Conference 2014

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15th - 16th November 2014 (social programme from 20.00 on 14th November 2014)

Featuring presentations from a range of professional and amateur archaeologists, the 2014 Conference will provide an opportunity to discuss research, review the archaeological activities of members, exchange ideas on encouraging access to our shared heritage, and network with friends and colleagues from the UK and abroad.

An exciting international event, the NAS 2014 Conference will this year be held in partnership with the Thames Discovery Programme.

The weekend will incorporate a wide variety of high quality speakers, numerous exhibitors, a project poster display, the 2014 Adopt-A-Wreck Award, the John Starkie Memorial Award for 2015 as well as the 2014 NAS Annual General Meeting that will be held during lunchtime on the 15th November.

Early bird bookings have now closed but it is not too late to join us for the weekend. Bookings are being handled via Eventbrite and are open to members and non-members. Simply follow the link and select the ticket you require. Eventbrite

Remember to print your tickets which will be needed at the conference registration desk.

Discovery is just the Beginning: NAS / TDP Conference 2014

Friday 14th November 2014 – Informal drinks
On Friday evening from 8pm, join the NAS and the TDP for a friendly drink at the Trafalgar Tavern in historic maritime Greenwich. We will be wearing NAS and TDP branded clothing to help you find us.

The pub serves food until 10pm: you can see their menu and find directions here: 

The nearest public transport stations are Cutty Sark DLR (10 min walk) and Greenwich DLR and mainline station (15min walk). The pub’s address is: Park Row, Greenwich, London, SE10 9NW (map below). If you’re in Greenwich on Friday, there is plenty to see and do. We suggest visiting the Cutty Sark, the National Maritime Museum, the Old Royal Naval College or the Greenwich Observatory. For more information visit:

Saturday 15th November 2014 – NAS Conference Day
The NAS Conference is fortunate enough to have secured a range of excellent speakers who will focus their ideas in maritime and nautical archaeology around the world.

Doors open at 10.00am.

Confirmed speakers for the Saturday include:

  Joanna Hambly, SCAPE Trust & Jonie Guest, The North of Scotland Archaeology Society – The Embro Zulus
  Richard Keen – Review of Roman Shipwrecks around Guernsey
  Dr Innes McCartney, Periscope Publishing, The Historical Archaeology of WW2 U-boat Wrecks
  Winners of the Adopt a Wreck Award 2014
  Kevin Stratford, Maritime Archaeology Sea Trust – Bamburgh Wreck: Opportunity in the inter-tidal zone
  Steve & Carol Ellis, Licensee of the London – The London Wreck Experience
  Daniel Pascoe, Pascoe Archaeology Services - A new era of investigation on the wreck of HMS Invincible, 1758
  Dr Colin Martin – Mitigating a Life of Crime: Archiving and Publication

For more information on the speaker line up for the Saturday 15th November please click here

NAS Annual General Meeting 2014
During the lunch break on the Saturday 15th November the NAS 2014 Annual General Meeting will take place. All NAS members are eligible to attend the AGM. Nominations for Executive Committee officers will take place. To enquire about standing for the committee please contact the NAS office.

The NAS is happy to have on board a number of organisations that will be joining us as part of the Exhibition Display that will run in conjunction with the Conference.

There are still exhibition stands available. If you would like to join us for this exciting event, please contact the NAS Office.

Exhibition space is available for as little as £50.00. Non-for profit organisations can exhibit at the conference for no charge.

Call for Posters: Poster Session 2014
Following the success of last year’s Poster Session, the NAS is once again looking for posters for the Annual Conference 2014. Last year we exhibited a range of projects and research from shipbuilding to intertidal archaeology, from as far as Yemen and as close as the River Thames. Poster presentations of current projects and research in maritime archaeology will be displayed in the Main Exhibition Space, throughout the Conference weekend.

The call is open to NAS and TDP members only, however Student NAS membership is currently free for up to one year and online memberships starting at just £18. Please see the NAS Membership webpage for further information.

Poster proposals including: Name of author(s), Title, and a brief description of content should be emailed by Friday 24th October 2014 to For more information on the Poster Session please feel free to the NAS Office on


Once again there will be a raffle for conference delegates to enter on the day. Prizes will be drawn at the end of the event by NAS President, Phil Harding.

If you would like to donate a prize to the raffle please contact the NAS office on

Raffle prizes have been donated this year by:

Cameras Underwater
Underwater World Stoney cove
Robin Hood Water sports

raffle sponsors

Saturday 15th November 2014 – evening social
On the Saturday evening after the conference from 6.00pm we would like to invite conference delegates to join us for a reception at The Lord Raglan, 61 St Martins le Grand, St Pauls, London, EC1A 4ER.

Please note that food for this event need to be booked in advance – make sure you include the RECEPTION in your booking on Eventbrite. You are also welcome to attend just for drinks.

Sunday 16th November 2014 – TDP Conference Day – starting 10.00
The TDP have also secured a range of great speakers for the Sunday who will focus their talks on maritime archaeology of London, the Thames and other riverine investigations.

Confirmed speakers include:
  Nathalie Cohen and Eliott Wragg, Thames Discovery Programme
  Andrew Lambert, National Maritime Museum
  Gary Bankhead, University of Durham
  Matt Champion, Norfolk Medieval Graffiti Survey
  Gustav Milne and Courtney Nimura, CITIZAN

Sunday 16th November 2014 – evening social
On the Sunday evening after the conference from 5.15m we would like to invite conference delegates to join us for informal drinks at The Blackfriar Pub, 174 Queen Victoria Street, London, EC4V 4EG.

You will find The Blackfriar in Blackfriars London within a short stroll of Blackfriars Bridge, Upper Thames Street and Fleet Street.  Step in to discover a traditional pub of unique character, revered for its eclectic range of real ales and its quality pub food, which are served, as they should be, with a generous measure of famous British hospitality. The historic Art Nouveau Grade II masterpiece of a pub was built in 1905 on the site of a Dominican friary. The building was designed by architect H. Fuller-Clark and artist Henry Poole, both committed to the free-thinking of the Arts and Crafts Movement. Jolly friars appear everywhere in the pub in sculptures, mosaics and reliefs. This wonderful pub was saved from demolition by a campaign led by Sir John Betjeman.

Conference Programme:

 Friday 14th November- join us at the Trafalgar Tavern from 20.00 for drinks

 **Please note that tea, coffee and lunch are included in the price of your ticket!**

Saturday 15th November - Museum of London

10.00 Registration / Coffee

10.30 – 10.40 – welcome by chair Dr Colin Martin

10.40 – 11.20 – Joanna Hambly, SCAPE Trust & Jonie Guest, The North of Scotland Archaeology Society – The Embro Zulus

11.20 – 11.50 – Richard Keen – Review of Roman Shipwrecks around Guernsey

11.50 – 12.30 – Steve Ellis – The London Wreck Experience

12.30 – 12.45 – Announcement of Adopt a Wreck Winners 2014

12.45 – 14.00 – Lunch / NAS AGM

14.00 – 14.25 – Winners of the Adopt a Wreck Award 2014

14.25 – 14.50 – Kevin Stratford, MAST – Bamburgh Wreck: Opportunity in the inter-tidal zone

14.50 – 15.20 – Dr Innes McCartney – The Historical Archaeology of WW2 U-boat Wrecks 

15.20 – 15.30 – Announcement of the 2014 NAS Photography Competition winners

15.30 – 16.00 – Tea / Coffee

16.00 – 16.30 – Dan Pascoe, Pascoe Archaeology Services – A new era of investigation on the wreck of HMS Invincible, 1758

16.30 – 17.00 – Dr Colin Martin – Mitigating a Life of Crime: Archiving and Publication

17.00 – 17.20 – Announcement of the John Starkie Award Winners

17.20 – 18.00 – Closing remarks and Conference raffle

Evening reception at The Lord Raglan from 18.00

Sunday 16th November -  Museum of London

10.00 Registration / Coffee

10.30 – 11.15 – Nathalie Cohen and Eliott Wragg, TDP – the Year in Review

11.15 – 11.30 – John Layt and Helen Johnston, Greenwich FROG – Before Wren: Foreshore archaeological evidence for Greenwich Palace 

11.30 – 11.40 – Anne Dingsdale, Greenwich FROG – Mrs Prick the Pipemaker;s wife and other inhabitants of Crane Street, Greenwich 
11.40 – 12.05 – Margaret Sparks and Selina Springbett, Bermondsey/Rotherhithe FROG – Gun flint, gun carriages and a little bit of delftware

12.05 – 12.30 – Brigid Geist, UCL – Thames Foreshore Burials

12.30  -  13.30 – Lunch

13.30 – 14.00 – Andrew Lambert, Kings College London – John Scott Russell and the construction of HMS Warrior

14.00 – 14.30 – Gary Bankhead, University of Durham – The Place of Bishops and Saints: Pilgrimage, Power and Trade

14.30 – 15.00 – Matt Champion, NMGS – Prayers in Stone: Ship Graffiti in Medieval Churches

15.00 – 15.45 – Tea / Coffee
15.45 – 16.25 – Gustav Milne and Courtney Nimura – The CITIZAN Project

16.25 – 17.00 – Nathalie Cohen and Eliott Wragg, TDP – the Year to Come and Q&A

Evening drinks at The Blackfriar from 17.15

Conference Venue Location
The 2014 Conference will be held at the Museum of London.

Getting there
Museum of London, 150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN

By tube: Barbican, St Paul's
By rail: Liverpool Street, City Thameslink, Farringdon
By bus: 4, 8, 25, 56, 100, 25, 172, 242, 521

You will find the Museum on London Wall at the junction with Aldersgate Street. Coach set-down points are located on London Wall (travelling towards Moorgate) and on St.Martins-le-Grand.

Please note that due to demolition works the St Alphage highwalk is closed until further notice. If you are travelling to the Museum of London by tube we advise you alight at St Paul's or Barbican, rather than Moorgate.

You can plan your journey to the Museum of London using Transport for London's Journey Planner tool 

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Disabled access: The building and all rooms used by the conference are accessible by wheelchair. Delegates with any special needs are invited to contact the conference organisers.

Museum entrance: The museum's entrance is located on a pedestrian high walk which can be reached by stairs, escalators or lifts from Aldersgate Street; London Wall or St Martin's-le-Grand.

Parking: There is a City of London car park underneath the Museum and an NCP car park on Aldersgate Street just to the north of the museum. The NCP car park can be pre-booked online but be warned it could cost as much as £30 per day.
NCP pre booking:
See information for blue and orange badge holders

London Congestion Charge
The Museum of London is within the Congestion Charge Zone. The charge is £11.50 daily charge for driving a vehicle within the charging zone between 07:00 and 18:00, Monday to Friday. The easiest way to pay the charge is by registering for Congestion Charge Auto Pay. There are a range of exemptions and discounts available to certain vehicles and individuals.
Congestion Zone Map:

There are 2 cycle racks at the junction of Noble Street and London Wall, very close to the museum.

Barclays cycle hire docking stations - There is a docking station beneath the Museum on the roundabout on London Wall. There is also another docking station on Wood Street, just a few minutes walk from the Museum.

Maps of docking stations - Search for the postcode (EC2Y 5HN) on the Barclays cycle hire Google map to see all the nearby docking stations.

All tickets included tea/coffee on arrival, a buffet lunch as well as afternoon tea/coffee. If you have special dietary requirements, please inform the NAS Office after making your booking.

Youth Hostel
YHA London St Pauls, 36 Carter Lane, London EC4 5AB
Telephone: 08453719012
Approx £22 per night for the period 14th-15th November 2014 and £19 a night for  Sunday 16th November 2014
The main site is 1.1 miles from the Museum of London

There are also Youth Hostels in Oxford Street and near St Pancreas

Ibis Hotels
Ibis London City - from £87 per night

Ibis budget - London Whitechapel - from £82.00 per night

Premier Inn – rooms from £105 per night

Premier Inn London Blackfriars (FLEET STREET)
1-2 Dorset Rise, City of London, EC4Y 8EN

Premier Inn London bank (Tower) Hotel
20 St Mary At Hill, City Of London, EC3R 8EE

Fox and Anchor Bed and Breakfast - rooms from £100 a night
11 Charter House Street, London, EC1 6AA  Telephone: 02072501300
With six individually and beautifully designed, stylish boutique bedrooms above, it’s not just the return of the Great British Pub, but more the Great British Inn

The Zetter Townhouse - rooms from £174 a night
49-50 St John's Square, London, EC1V 4JJ

The Grange, St Pauls - rooms from £150 per night
10 Godliman Street, London, EC4V 5AJ
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7074 1000
The Grange St Paul's is a luxury 5-Star hotel, nestled beside St Paul's Cathedral in London's bustling business district.  Its contemporary glass interior houses 433 guest bedrooms, an array of bars and restaurants, a stunning Ajala Spa and a private Health and Fitness Club with gym and 18m swimming pool. do I book?
Last year the conference sold in record time! So, to avoid disappointment please book your seat early. Bookings made before the 30th September 2014 will be eligible for an NAS and TDP members early bird discount worth at least £5.00 per ticket. NAS Members invitations to the conference were sent on 21st August 2014, if you have not recieved your invitation to the conference please contact the NAS. Bookings are being handled via Eventbrite. Booking will be open to non members on 1st October 2014.

Remember to print your tickets which will be needed at the conference registration desk.

Unable to use Eventbrite?
Please contact the NAS Office on +44 (0) 23 9281 8419, or by email on during office hours (only). An equivalent handling charge will be incurred.

Our Sponsors
The 2014 Conference is supported by:

English Heritage      
Dive Master Insurance       
British Sub-Aqua Club        
The Honor Frost Foundation   
Maritime Archaeology Sea Trust    
Sub Aqua Association