Discovery is just the beginning

Promoting the preservation, protection and research of our nautical heritage.

Education Programme

Our award-winning training programme allows people around the world of all interests and abilities to learn about and appreciate our maritime heritage. It is accredited and internationally recognised, and has been running for over 30 years. In 2011, we won the inaugural Archaeology Training Forum Award.

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Without you — our supporters, members and sponsors — we would not be able to do our work, protecting our global nautical heritage. Join us if you too have a passion for our maritime past and want to get involved, on the foreshore or under water. You will learn that discovery really is just the beginning...

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Saving Our Maritime Heritage: The London

NAS CEO Mark Beattie-Edwards discusses why historical shipwrecks like the London, lost on the Thames Estuary, hold significance in today's society, and what we can do to protect them. Discover more about the London here....

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Dive Trails

The UK heritage agencies have supported the development of diver trails around the country to facilitate access to the country’s protected wrecks. The NAS has help establish four of the trails as well as three virtual dives that help non-divers experience the pleasure of exploring a historic wreck. Discover more about dive trails here...

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Author: Mark Beattie-Edwards

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Indulge your passion for nautical archaeology, and help us explore, preserve and record the world’s intertidal and underwater heritage for future generations. Discover more about us here...

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Commemorating the Forgotten U-boat War around the Welsh Coast 1914-18

During 2018 and 2019 this HLF funded project will use the latest imaging techniques to reveal underwater wrecks from the Great War, and will support coastal communities around Wales to tell their previously untold stories about the Great War at Sea. As a project partner the NAS is delivering filedschool events in North (2018) and South Wales (2019). Discover more here...

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Southampton Heritage Events

Join NAS members on a series of events exploring the heritage and research potential in Southampton. We'll be focusing on locally housed archives and the local connections to the Titanic.

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Events

  • UK: Walking Tour of Roman and Medieval London Ports

    Explore present day London and see the physical evidence for the Roman and medieval ports of London. Read more

  • UK: Holland No.5 and Normans' Bay Protected Wrecks Day

    A chance to dive two of the UK’s protected wrecks in one day. A morning dive on the Holland 5 submarine (32m) followed by the wreck trail around the cannon on the 17th century Normans' Bay site (12m). Read more

  • UK: Holland No.5 and Normans' Bay Protected Wrecks Day

    A chance to dive two of the UK’s protected wrecks in one day. A morning dive on the Holland 5 submarine (32m) followed by the wreck trail around the cannon on the 17th century Normans' Bay site (12m). Read more

  • UK: Historic Wooden Boat and Ship Construction

    Do you know your futtock from your frame? What about your adze from your awl? If you are fascinated by the craftsmanship of wooden vessels but baffled by the terminology and number of parts then come to this course and NAS Senior Tutor, and former shipbuilder Ian Cundy, will explain it clearly. Read more

Latest

  • Thorness Bay Dive Trail

    The Thorness Bay dive trail was created by MSDS Marine and Pascoe Archaeology with funding from Historic England. The NAS has arranged access to the site in July 2019. Discover more here... Read more

  • A German Take on the NAS Training Programme, by Luisa Goldammer

    As one of our first International Training Partners, DEGUWA have been teaching a German version of our syllabus for many years. Tutor Luisa Goldammer reports on the latest course run in Bonn, Germany. Find out about what they were learning here... Read more

  • Discovering Devon, by Therese Kearns

    Long time NAS member Therese Kearns, Programme Officer for the South Devon Rivers Discovery Programme, reflects on her first few months of working on CITiZAN's new initiatives, and what exciting opportunities they have coming up... Read more