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.


Author: Peta Knott

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Without you—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.....



International Journal of Nautical Archaeology Webinar Series

IJNA Webinar No.1: Registrations are now open for the first live IJNA Webinar that will take place on Wednesday 23rd January at 10.00 (London), 11.00 (Paris), 19.00 (Tokyo) and 21.00 (Sydney) on "The Archaeology of World War Battleships". Discover more here......


Author: Mark Beattie-Edwards

Dive Trails

The NAS has helped establish diver trails around the UK to facilitate access to the country’s protected wrecks. Some include virtual dives that help non-divers experience the pleasure of exploring a historic wreck. Discover more here.


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.



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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  • 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

  • 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

  • Rooswijk1740 Photogrammetry in Maritime Archaeology

    SOLD OUT! Learn about the technique of photogrammetry using artefacts from the Rooswijk shipwreck. Read more



    The CITiZAN project CITiZAN has been awarded funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to establish six Discovery Programmes in areas where the risk to intertidal and coastal archaeology is extreme. Thanks to National Lottery players, the CITiZAN Discovery Programmes will be established on sites on the Humber, Liverpool Bay, the Blackwater, the Kent coast, the Solent and three rivers in Devon in 2019. Discover more here... Read more

  • 2018 In Review, by NAS CEO Mark Beattie-Edwards

    Mark sums up his favourite events of 2018, and gives a few hints as to what's in store for the NAS in the coming new year. Read more