To make the best out of the current challenging times, the Nautical Archaeology Society has started a new free online lunchtime talk series – and we’d like you to join in. 

Inspired by the popular TEDtalks, we have established #CovEDtalks to promote #SelfEducation during #SelfIsolation. The talks are all stand-alone half-hour presentations on Tuesday lunchtimes at 12:30-13:00 (London).

You can now Register for the #CovEdTalk Series here 

We recommend using Google Chrome as the best platform for GoToWebinar

The weekly Live Broadcasts are unfortunately limited to 500 people due to the restrictions of the platform.

Register once to have free access to all talks until the end of June 2020, but make sure you join 5 mins early to get the live feed. If you miss out the talks will be on our YouTube Channel as quickly as we can. 


We have lined up a range of speakers on topics related to underwater archaeology, maritime heritage, foreshore archaeology – anything wet and old and interesting! We’re also hoping that this will provide an opportunity for students, volunteers and avocational archaeologists to practice their presentation skills in a less stressful environment.


We will host the talks through our Webcast system which has proved a very successful platform for our previous three IJNA Webinars. This means that the audience and the presenters can be anywhere in the world, as long as you have a good internet connection.


Who's up next ?

The tenth talk in the #CovEDTalks series, will given by Ziad M Morsy on "TradEGY : Egyptian Traditional Riverine Tangible and Intangible Heritage Rescue Project" on the 2nd June 2020 at 12:30 (London).


26th May 2020

The ninth talk in the #CovEDTalks series, was given by Suzanne Marie Taylor on "M.L.286-Eothen: A Little Ship with a big anniversary"on the 26th May 2020 at 12:30 (London). 

Exploring the unique and vibrant biography of motor launch (M.L.)286 from her life as a WW1 submarine chaser, to her life as Eothen and a Dunkirk Little Ship, in honour of the 80th Anniversary of Operation Dynamo: 26 May – 4 June 1940.


19th May 2020

The eighth talk in the #CovEDTalks series, on the 19th May 2020 at 12:30 (London), was given by Alistair Byford-Bates from Wessex Archaeology  on "The recovery of a Fairey Barracuda from the Solent off the former RNAS Daedalus".

During survey work carried out in preparation for the IFA2 interconnector project, the extant remains of a Fairey Barracuda were discovered. The first all-aluminium high winged monoplane used by the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm, no surviving examples of this aircraft exist. The ongoing research into the aircraft and archives has identified several inconsistencies, leading to questions about the identity of the aircraft, the records around its loss, and wartime production contingencies across different aircraft manufacturers.


12th May 2020

The seventh talk in the #CovEDTalks series, on the 12th May 2020 at 12:30 (London), was titled "Drones, Phones and Intertidal Zones - CITiZAN science on the foreshore", and given by Andy Sherman and Oliver Hutchinson from the CITiZAN project. 


5th May 2020

The sixth talk in the series was held on the 5th May 2020 at 12:30 (London) on 'The digital reconstruction of the Sutton Hoo ship', by Dr Julian Whitewright, from the University of Southampton.

Julian's recent article in the IJNA can be viewed here:

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28th April 2020

The fifth talk in the series was broadcast on 28th April 2020 12:30-13:00 (London), from Ian McCann from the University of New England (Australia). Ian's talk, was titled "Vietnam's Shipwreck Coast". The talk showcased the Vietnam Maritime Archaeology Project which has been investigating Vietnam's maritime heritage for over a decade. Two projects spanning 5000 years show the exciting potential for research in this region.  


21st April 2020

The fourth talk in the series was on 21st April 2020 12:30-13:00 (London), by Helen Wallbridge from the Maritime Archaeology Trust. Helen's talk was titled "D-Day Stories from the Wall".

During WW2 American soldiers carved their names on a brick wall near Southampton's waterfront as they waited to embark overseas. Find out how MAT are digitally preserving the inscriptions and revealing the stories of these men.  

More information on the D-Day Walls Project can be found on the MAT website here 


14th April 2020

The third talk in the series was on Tuesday 14th April 12:30-13:00 (London) given by Dr Antony Firth from Fjordr Limited on "The wreck of the First World War light cruiser HMS Falmouth: Reviving the story and significance of a ‘barely recognisable’ ship off the east coast of Yorkshire."

You can read Antony's full article here: HMS Falmouth: addressing the significance of a light cruiser lost in the First World War off the coast of Yorkshire.  First published in the IJNA on the 16th March 2020.

The Fjordr blog can be read here:


7th April 2020

The second talk in the series on the Tuesday 7th April 12:30-13:00 (London) was given by Dr Innes McCartney from Bournemouth University on "WW1 U-Boat Archaeology" and can be watched here or on our YouTube Channel.

Dr McCartney's paper published in The Mariners Mirror in 2019 can be downloaded here


31st March 2020

The first #CovEDTalk in the series was given by NAS CEO, Mark Beattie-Edwards on "Discover the London: Southend's Time Capsule" #LondonWreck1665 #ProtectedWreck . You can now watch the presentation on the NAS YouTube Channel here.


Please let us know (email [email protected]) if you are interested in presenting on your research or fieldwork as part of this new series. We’re hoping that the series will continue beyond the suggested isolation period, but right now we want to take this opportunity to share important work being undertaken in our discipline with the wider world and give everyone something exciting to learn about while so many of us are stuck at home.