Joan Du Plat Taylor (1906–1983) was one of the first maritime archaeologists. She campaigned to bring nautical archaeology into the academic fold and was instrumental in establishing the Council for Nautical Archaeology and was founder editor of the International Journal of Nautical Archaeology (IJNA) from 1972-1980.

She also recognised that amateurs could play an important role in archaeology and established systems to educate and encourage them. She was the first president of the Nautical Archaeology Society. She personally funded a grant to support publication of nautical archaeological research. Since her death, the award has continued to be given by the Nautical Archaeology Society as the Joan du Plat Taylor Award.

For a biography of Joan click here

2019 Joan Du Plat Taylor Awards

In 2019 members of the Nautical Archaeology Society are invited to apply for the Joan du Plat Taylor Award. These awards are made annually with the object of encouraging survey, recording, research and publication in maritime archaeology. The awards are open to all members of the NAS, either as individuals or as a group.

Awards are designed to assist with specific costs incurred whilst undertaking research and can be made in support of UK or international projects. On completion of their work, the successful candidates must submit a 500 word report for publication on the NAS website within six months of completion of the grant funded work. They will also be encouraged to publish in the IJNA, the NAS Monograph Series or within other appropriate forum.

Successful candidates who do not undertake the research within 12 months of receiving the award will be asked to return the money.

Candidates should be aware that the total annual sum available is no greater than £500, to be shared between successful applicants, not necessarily in equal amounts.

Applications should be laid out with the following headings:
1. Name, address, telephone number and email address (if applicable) of applicant(s)
2. Occupation of applicant(s)
3. Short summary/ title of project
4. Amount of grant requested including the total cost of project and other grants applied for or received.
5. Indicate whether other NAS members are involved with the project and/ or how might the project benefit other members
6. Outline details of applicant’s experience (including NAS training/ projects)
7. Names and contact details of two referees (please include telephone number and/ or email address)
8. Full description of project to be completed on a maximum of two additional sides of A4. This must include an outline of the objectives and importance of the project, details of any associated
organisations, and a full break down of costs, including travel, equipment, photography, illustration etc. (Please note that the award is unlikely to cover subsistence costs)

Applications must be submitted to the Joan du Plat Taylor Award committee, C/O NAS, Fort Cumberland, Fort Cumberland Road, Eastney, Portsmouth, PO4 9LD by the 1st May 2019.

Applicants will receive notification of the decision within 6 weeks.



Recent Joan du Plat Taylor Awards:

Brian Minehane: In situ preservation or raise for conservation: The future of the Elizabeth Austin
Roderick Stead: Dating of the Butuan Boat Site, Mindanao, Philippines.

Thomas Spearing and Sam Peel - 3D Surveys at the Purton Ships’ graveyard

Simon Draper and Robert White - Xylophagou Anchorage Project, Cyprus
Michael Stratigos - New Approaches in Crannog Archaeology: Loch Davan and Loch Tay

Duncan Harwood - An investigation into corrosion on the Holland 5 submarine
Friends of Purton - Detailed geophysical survey of an intermediately section of Purton ships graveyard