2018 NAS Conference - Building a Future for Our Maritime Past

Our 2018 conference will be held at The Riverfront venue in Newport, Wales in partnership with the Friends of the Newport Ship on the 17th-18th November 2018

The conference will present research in nautical and maritime archaeology, specifically exploring the theme of how current projects exploring our maritime past are helping to secure it for the future. The 2018 conference will also host the 2018 Adopt a Wreck Award, the Honor Frost Foundation IJNA Open Access Prize as well as the first MSDS Marine Awards scheduled to be presented on the Saturday.

Tickets and information about travel, accommodation and associated events can be found online via Eventbrite here


Parking Advice: 

The Riverfront Theatre and Arts Centre is located in the centre of the city, alongside the Friars Walk shopping Centre, very close to the main bus station and a 10-15 minute walk from the Train Station. The closest and preferred parking for both venues is at Friars Walk and the Kingsway shopping centre. More detailed directions and parking information for The Riverfront  here.

You can download some parking information and also print a map here. 

The most cost effective parking for the Riverfront Theatre is actually just across the footbridge bridge, on the east side of the River Usk, on Clarence Place (NP19 7AB). It is a long stay, multi-storey car park, but it closes at 7pm. It is five minutes’ walk from the theatre. The charge is £2 a day and there are usually plenty of spaces on a Saturday.


The full 2018 Conference Programme can be found here


The 2018 conference has been generously supported by Dive Master Insurance, RCAHMW, MSDS Marine, Historic England, Go-Dive, The British Sub-Aqua Club, The Sub-Aqua Assocition, Motorpoint, 3Deep Media and Associated British Ports.


2017 NAS Conference - Discovery is just the Beginning

The Society’s 2017 annual conference and AGM was back home in Portsmouth, U.K. in November 2017. As usual, it brought together members, speakers and exhibitors in a two-day jamboree of all things maritime archaeological. The event goes from strength to strength, and this time brought speakers talking about their activities in locations as diverse as the U.K., Costa Rica, Cyprus, Florida, Lebanon, Spain and Texas—most with a strong link to the Society and its training programme.


Previous NAS Conferences

2016 Conference was held in Glasgow in partnership with the SCAPE Trust

2015 Conference was held in Portsmouth in partnership with the Society for Post Medieval Archaeology

2014 Conference was held in London in partnership with the Thames Discovery Programme, MOLA

2013 Conference was held in Portsmouth


Future NAS Conferences

2019 Conference will be held in Portsmouth in partnership with The Ordnance Society

2020 Conference will be held in Dublin in partnership with The Irish Underwater Council