Covid-19 Update (March 2020): Based on current global situation we are recommending not booking your travel or accommodation just yet. We will keep monitoring the situation and would expect to make a decision on the conference in early-mid May 2020. Thank you for bearing with us.


2020 Conference - Sea Change: Human and Climate Influences on our Maritime Past

21st-22nd November 2020 at the 4* Royal Marine HotelDun Laoghaire, in the amazing city of Dublin, Ireland, held in partnership with the CHERISH Project and The Irish Underwater Council

This year the Nautical Archaeology Society, The Irish Underwater Council (CFT) and The CHERISH Project will be co-hosting a two-day conference titled "Sea Change: Human and Climate Influences on our Maritime Past".

The conference will showcase the diversity within our maritime environment and highlight state-of-the-art technology and methodologies employed in understanding our maritime past and how this might be impacted by future changes. It will include multidisciplinary approaches and how cross-border and community engagement enrich our understanding of coastal, archaeological and climate challenges. Submission of maritime papers exploring and protecting our vulnerable underwater and coastal heritage are encouraged.

Watch out for more information on the 2020 Conference in early 2020.

Sponsorship packages available.

To discuss your sponsorship needs please contact your local member of the event organising committee or Mark Beattie-Edwards at the Nautical Archaeology Society on: [email protected]


2019 Conference - Wooden Walls and Stone Bastions 

Ship and ordnance remains on land and under the sea

In November 2019, the Nautical Archaeology Society and the Ordnance Society co-hosted a two-day conference examining how ship and ordnance remains found on land and under the sea help our understanding of our maritime past.

Couldn't be there?

Catch up on the selection of recorded talks on our YouTube Channel, or watch them below:

Shipwrecks and Forts on the Swahili Coast: Maritime archaeological investigations at Kilwa Kisiwani, Tanzania, by Richard Bates, from the University of St. Andrews.


HMS Invincible: Enhancing our understanding of the Georgian Navy’s organisation maintenance and operation of the naval gunnery system, by Daniel Pascoe


Alderney's Elizabethan Cannons, by Dave Parham, University of Bournemouth 


It was much more than just a conference.....

The 2019 event also included:

  • Tour of Fort Cumberland on the Friday 15th
  • Beer and Skittles at the Royal Maritime Club on the Friday 15th 
  • Social media photography workshop on Saturday 16th 
  • The NAS AGM and the Ordnance Society AGM on the Saturday 16th 
  • Three course dinner at Old Customs House in Gunwhalf Quays on the Saturday 16th 
  • Tour of Royal Armouries, Fort Nelson on Monday 18th 
  • Tour of Explosion Museum, Gosport on Monday 18th

There were also poster displays, lots of exhibitors in the atrium all weekend and the famous conference raffle to finish of the formalities on the Sunday.

Watch our highlights video to find out more

The conference also hosted the 2019 Adopt a Wreck Award, the Honor Frost Foundation IJNA Open Access Prize , NAS Training Education Awards, as well as the second MSDS Marine Awards

Don't just take our word for it! 

After only being a NAS member for six months, Neil Cooper decided to dive into the unknown and attend the NAS annual conference. Find out what he discovered here.


Our Sponsors

The 2019 event was generously sponsored by DiveMaster Insurance , MSDS Marine, The Sub-Aqua Association, Historic England , Go Dive Scuba Store, BSAC , Maritime Archaeology Sea Trust, Wessex Archaeology, and Valkyrie Diving and Marine Services

Previous NAS Conferences

2018 Conference Building a Future for Our Maritime Past - was held in Newport, Wales with the Friends of the Newport Ship 

2017 Conference Discovery Is Just The Beginning was held in Portsmouth 

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