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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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International Journal of Nautical Archaeology Webinar Series

IJNA Webinar No.1, our first live IJNA Webinar took place on Wednesday 23rd January on "The Archaeology of World War Battleships". The webinar is now available to watch here...

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Author: Mark Beattie-Edwards

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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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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Big Anchor Project

The Big Anchor Project aims to develop a global tool for the identification of anchors. The initiative is managed by the NAS with the help of various project partners and supporters. The project is building a freely accessible, online database of anchors which can serve as a valuable tool for anybody undertaking research or with a general interest in the subject. Discover more here...

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Events

  • UK: Post-Medieval Ropes and Cordage

    Learn all you need to know about post-medieval rope to become part of the volunteer team recording and providing first-aid conservation to the vast amounts of rope and cordage recently raised from the Invincible wreck during the Maritime Archaeology Sea Trusts' excavation. Read more

  • 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: Invincible Wreck and A1 Submarine Protected Wrecks Day

    SOLD OUT ! - A chance to dive with the NAS Diving Club (NASAC) on two of England's protected wrecks in one day. We visit the Invincible shipwreck (launched 1744, sank 1758) and the A1 submarine (launched 1902, sank 1914), both of which lie at a maximum depth of c.14m. Read more

  • UK: Invincible Wreck and A1 Submarine Protected Wrecks Day

    SOLD OUT !! A chance to dive with the NAS Diving Club (NASAC) on two of England's protected wrecks in one day. We visit the Invincible shipwreck (launched 1744, sank 1758) and the A1 submarine (launched 1902, sank 1914), both of which lie at a maximum depth of c.14m. Read more

Latest

  • Conserving The Past at Fort Cumberland, by Alastair Deacon

    NAS member Alastair Deacon recently attended our Rooswijk1740 Finds’ Conservation course and wanted to share his experience with others. Find out what he discovered here.. Read more

  • 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

  • "You Never Know What You’re Going To Find", by Aidan Cheasley

    One of our youngest members, Aidan Cheasley, recalls his NAS journey so far, and tells us what he's been learning along the way, armed with his enthusiasm for exploring and discovering. Read his story here... Read more