Greater China Legal History Seminar Series - "Chinese Shipwrecks, Treasure Hunters and the History of Underwater Cultural Heritage Regimes" by Prof. Steven Gallagher

This seminar will consider the impact the discovery, recovery and sale of Chinese shipwrecks and their cargoes by treasure hunters has had in China and internationally on the development of policy and law intended to protect the underwater cultural heritage and in particular shipwrecks. The seminar will take place in the Chinese University of Hong Kong on February 22nd 2019. Ticket sales close on February 21st, for more information, or to book your space, click here



Cutty Stark Anniversary Concerts

To mark Cutty Sark's 150th anniversary, Cutty Sark Theatre will be hosting an array of performances and events through 2019-2020 to celebrate her history on March 8th 2019. Kickstarting this year of cultural delights is a special concert from BBC Singers to celebrate Cutty Sark's place in trade history and her many connections across the globe that make her such an iconic national treasure to this very day. Tickets are £15, and can be bought here.

Peril at Sea, by the Up the Road Theatre

March 27th 2019. Inspired by their coastal location in Brightlingsee, Peril at Sea is an evocative journey into our country's seafaring past and present. The show will explore stories, memories, myths and songs of smuggling, shipwrecks and survival. Watch the preview trailer here, or learn more and book here.

Protecting the London

March 28th 2019. Our very own NAS CEO Mark has been working alongside the licenced diving team on The London Wreck since 2016, assisting them and the London Shipwreck Trust in the protection and research of the site. In this talk at the Southend Library, he will be discussing the research, and what it takes to preserve our country's maritime assets. Learn more or book here.

Maritime Archaeology Graduate Symposium

March 29th 2019. With the generous funding from The Honor Frost Foundation, graduate students in maritime archaeology at the University of Southampton and the University of Oxford have come together to organise the MAGS2019 conference in Southampton University. To learn more, or book your space click here.


Maritime History North Spring Conference

Maritime History North jointly with The National Museum of the Royal Navy, Historic Ships, the Society for Nautical Research and the Friends of Trincomalee present their Spring 2019 Conference on April 6th 2019. Pre-booking is essential - for more information, or to book your space, click here.

NASOH Conference

Connecting the Global and Local: The Sea and Maritime Cities, the 45th Conference of the North American Society for Oceanic History held jointly with the National Maritime Historical Society and co-hosted by the New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park and New Bedford Fishing Heritage Centre will be held in New Bedford, Massachusetts, May 15-18 2019. Call for papers open, and will end on March 1st 2019. For more information, click here.

7th In­ter­na­tional Con­gress for Un­der­wa­ter Ar­chae­ology

IKUWA7 is due to be held in Helsinki, Finland between June 2-5 2020 - organised by the Faculty of Arts at the University of Helsinki, the Finnish Maritime Archaeological Society and the Finnish Heritage Agency, together with the IKUWA Steering Committee. The theme of the congress is ”Delivering the Deep”. For more information, click here.



2019 Archaeological Field School in Sicily

The Marzamemi field school is an archaeological excavation project that takes place off the coast of Sicily. Students will participate in underwater excavation and object conservation at the site of the so-called "Church Wreck," a ship that sank while carrying prefabricated architectural pieces for the construction of a church in the 6th century AD. In 2019, this field school will be accepting applications for diving and non-diving positions. Deadlines to apply close February 15th 2019. For more information, click here

Underwater Archaeology Field School

Each year, the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP) oversees an intense, four week accredited educational program allowing both undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to participate in a marine survey and underwater excavation of a historic shipwreck site. LAMP has partnered with a variety of universities, including Flinders University, Florida State University, Syracuse University and Plymouth State University, to organize and implement this four-credit course. For the 2018 Field School, four hours of graduate or undergraduate credit are available through Plymouth State University. To learn more or book your place, click here.



Soup of Souls 2018-19

Since October 2018 Paul Codling have been Artist in Residence at Portsmouth Cathedral, funded by Arts Council England and is part of the Cathedrals creative programme and annual theme of ‘Time’. Paul has been based in the Cupola or Dome on top of the Belfry tower in Old Portsmouth. This is the Maritime Cathedral of the Sea, dedicated to the strong Naval, Merchant and Fishing community and traditions of the city. He has created 24 drawings and 8 panels. Each panel is dedicated to particular story from the Solent such as: The Mary Rose, The SS Mendi, Navy Sea Burials, Fishing accidents, people drowned swimming, the ancient trading boats of the Norman Saxon founders of our city and aeroplanes that have crashed into the sea with pilots. The large panels will be hung on public view in the Cathedral this January and February 2019. For more information, click here.

Graveyard of the Pacific at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum

Dangerous Currents-Shifting Sands.  Ilwaco, Washington. Exhibition opens November 16th 2018 and will be on view to March 9th 2019.  Artefacts, photographs, and first-person accounts of over 20 ship wrecks will be featured in the exhibition. For more information, click here.

Carving Water, Painting Voice at the New Zealand Maritime Museum

Sculpture, music, poetry and topology creatively collide in Carving Water, Painting Voice – an installation by Kazu Nakagawa with sonic composition by Helen Bowater. Open from November 2018 to March 2019. For more information, click here.

James Cameron, Challenging the Deep at the Sea Museum, Sydney

Experience how James Cameron’s passion for understanding and exploring our oceans has shone a light on the least known place on earth. The exhibition immerses you in an underwater environment using cinema scale projections, artefacts and specimens from his expeditions. From May 29th 2018 to May 2019. For more information, click here.

Maritime Secrets from Ancient Shipwrecks

More than 500 ceramic and porcelain objects retrieved from ancient shipwrecks in Vietnam’s seas are on display at an exhibition at the Vietnam National Museum of History. The exhibition, entitled “Maritime secrets from ancient shipwrecks”, also introduces documents and maps showing Vietnam’s active participation in international sea transport since the 15th – 16th century, helping visitors gain an insight into the country’s ceramic trade and sea-borne transport. The exhibition will be available until May 18th 2019. 

Icebound: The ordeal of the SS Michigan

Artefacts from the museum’s own collection will augment the story of the S.S. Michigan.  The exhibit will also explore other various Lake Michigan shipwrecks.  Learn how divers and archaeologists analyse wrecks, searching for clues on what may have happened in the past. The exhibition will take place from January to September 2019, and based within the Tri-Cities Historical Museum in Michigan. For more information, click here.

Titanic Stories at the National Maritime Museum, Cornwall

The major exhibition Titanic Stories examines the stories of the Titanic’s momentous sinking on 15 April 1912, re-appraising many of the myths, controversies and assumptions that still linger around one of the most well-known historic events of the 20th century. From December 2018 to January 2020. For more information, click here.


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