Discovery is just the beginning

A charity promoting the preservation, protection and research of our nautical heritage.

Help Save The London

Please help us to raise £200,000 to support the work of local volunteer dive team to advance, promote and provide for the preservation of the amazing London shipwreck in the Thames Estuary and its artefacts for public benefit and to protect it for future generations. Discover more here...

Support our Work

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...




We are excited to launch brand new versions of our award winning eLearning courses to help you begin your archaeological training from the comfort of your own home. There are three courses available, with each made up of a series of modules which include images, videos, animations and quizzes. Discover more about our eLearning courses here....


Author: Mark Beattie-Edwards

Join Us or Renew

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...



Photogrammetry eLearning

Online course, always available, for you to do at your own pace. Our latest eLearning course providing the theory of photogrammetry for maritime archaeology, including practical processing exercises to help you create your own photogrammetry models. Discover more here...




Author: Peta Knott

Location: Online

Dive Club

NASAC is a volunteer run archaeological dive club affiliated to the Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) and is run by NAS members for NAS members. Our purpose is to provide project-based archaeological diving opportunities for NAS members. Discover more about NASAC here....


Author: Mark Beattie-Edwards

International Journal of Nautical Archaeology

The International Journal of Nautical Archaeology is a forum for the exchange of ideas and research relevant to all aspects of nautical and maritime archaeology. Discover more about our journal here...


Author: Mark Beattie-Edwards

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  • Underwater Skills Days

    Learn the essential practical skills that will allow you to develop your interest in underwater archaeology. Read more

  • Foreshore Fieldschool

    Learn from the experts about how an intertidal site would have been surveyed in the past using a plane table and then see how this compares to the more modern technique of total station survey. Participants will get hands on practice of these two pieces of survey equipment and will be working on the wreck of the Helping Hand. Skills learnt at this course will be useful for surveying intertidal sites in the future! Read more

  • Exclusive Vasa Museum Visit

    Expressions of interest now being taken. Director of Research, Fred Hocker, will take us on an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the conservation facilities and enlighten us with the many stories that have been revealed from investigating the remarkably preserved wreck of the Vasa. Read more

  • Discover Maritime Archaeology eLearning

    Online course, always available, for you to do at your own pace. Learn the essential theory of Maritime Archaeology from the comfort of your own home. Our stand alone entry level course is the beginning of your learning journey with us. But, for best value for money consider combining this with our Discover Underwater or Discover Foreshore Archaeology eLearning course. Discover more here... Read more


  • Nautical Archaeology Society launches a brand-new Photogrammetry Course

    Thanks to generous grant support from Historic England we are launching a brand new course on Photography and Photogrammetry for Maritime Archaeology. Discover more here... Read more

  • Seeking a Fundraising Trustee

    An important, exciting and challenging role to help guide and develop one of the leading UK and international charities in the maritime cultural heritage sector. Discover more here... Read more

  • Klein Hollandia

    Since 2019 the NAS has been recording and researching a historic wreck found by a dive boat skipper off the Sussex coast. Now designated as a protected wreck, the NAS has been working with volunteer divers to help document the site for the UK and Dutch heritage agencies. Discover more here... Read more

  • Welcome to Morgan

    Meet Morgan, a 21-year-old maritime archaeology student at the University of Southampton who is excited to be volunteering with us. Discover more about Morgan here... Read more