Keeping you updated with nautical events, conferences, field schools, courses and exhibitions from around the world, so you never need miss out!

Sea of Storms Book Launch

Meet the author and original founder of the Charlestown Shipwreck Centre, Richard Larn OBE, for the release of his 70th book, along with the illustrator, Oliver Hurst, at the Shipwreck Centre, Saint Austell, UK, on April 24th 2019. For more information, click here.

The 1914-18 U-boat War around Wales & 2 of the Wrecks Dived

To commemorate the centenary of the end of WW1 the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (RCAHMW) have been running a 2-year project relating to the U-boat War around the Welsh coast. As part of this project the Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) are involved with running two underwater field schools, based around the wrecks of vessels that formed part of the unsung supply ships that helped with the war effort. The Newport Medieval Ship project is hosting the associated exhibition from 19 April until the end of May 2019 and hosting a number of talks. A talk by Ian Cundy BSc. MA, Nautical Archaeology Society, Regional co-ordinator for Wales covers The 1914-18 U-boat War around Wales and the wrecks of the Cartagena and Leysian will take place on April 27th from 14:30 - 15:30 in the Newport Historic Ship building in Newport, South Wales, UK. For more information, click here.

Newport and the Sea: Ships, Sailors and Survivors in WW1

Andrew Hemmings will be telling tales of WW1 and remembering the Newport 'Honour Roll' for the Merchantile Marine and the Royal Navy as their event to commemorate the centenary of the end of WW1 the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (RCAHMW) have been running a 2-year project relating to the U-boat War around the Welsh coast. The talk will take place on May 11th from 14:30 - 16:00 in the Newport Historic Ship building in Newport, South Wales, UK. For more information, click here.

Putney Fulham Foreshore Guided Walk

Explore the history and archaeology of this historic river crossing and visit our fieldwork recording the archaeology to be found on both banks of the Thames. You will learn about the Putney Debates during the Civil War and the wealth and power of medieval bishops. This walk will give you a chance to explore the archaeological remains on the foreshore with archaeologists from the Thames Discovery Programme. The walk starts at 9am on May 18th 2019, and costs £9. For more information, or to buy your ticket, click here.

Sailors, Submarines & Sacrifice in WW1: talk by Andrew Hemmings

To commemorate the centenary of the end of WW1 the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (RCAHMW) have been running a 2-year project relating to the U-boat War around the Welsh coast. As part of this centenary exhibition Mr Hemmings will be telling tales of WW1 and remembering the Newport 'Honour Roll' for the Merchantile Marine and the Royal Navy
Both of Andrew's talks feature Heritage Lottery Funded films. The talk will take place on May 18th from 14:30 - 16:00 in the Newport Historic Ship building in Newport, South Wales, UK. For more information, click here.

False Shipwreck'd Sailors’: Shipwreck imposters and charity in Nineteenth-Century England

Cathryn Pearce, a senior lecturer in naval and maritime history at the University of Portsmouth, will be giving a lecture in King's College London Strand Campus on May 23rd 2019 surrounding her research about false shipwreck victims. 'Whether inhabiting the coastal regions and port cities, or even further inland, a certain class of beggars self-fashioned themselves as shipwreck victims to exploit the sympathy of the compassionate. It was a ‘dodge’ with a long history, reaching its height in the nineteenth century'. Pearce will be discussing who these individuals were, how they operated, and the societal problems they represented. For more information, click here.


CIfA2019 Archaeology: Values, Benefits, and Legacies

The theme for the 2019 conference will provide a forum for delegates to discuss and explore ideas around social value, public benefit, and the creation of knowledge. It offers the opportunity to think about legacy and how the work we undertake now will impact on future generations – from inspiring future careers to learning lessons from our failures. The conference will take place from April 24th to 26th 2019, at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds, England. 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.

ISCUA Conservation International Symposium of Underwater Archaeology

The Balearic Institute of Maritime Archaeology (IBEAM) in collaboration with the Formentera Council invites the scientific community to submit contributions to the 1st International Symposium of Conservation for Underwater Archaeology (ISCUA) ‘Preserving the invisible’ which will be held in Formentera (Balearic Islands, Spain) between September 20th and 22nd 2019. Those interested in participating should express their interest by April 14th. For more information, click here.

Down By The Water: Interdisciplinary symposium on the role of water transit points in past societies

This conference seeks to challenge the interaction between models and particular case studies. To this aim, the University of Helsinki would like to invite proposals from scholars conducting research in different fields whose focus is human activities in rivers, sea-river, and coastal transit points with a broad geographic and chronological perspective for their conference between November 6th and 8th 2019. Call for papers ends on April 30th. For more information, or to apply, click here.

The Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage

The Asia-Pacific Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage (APConf) aims to address management and protection strategies of underwater cultural heritage in Asia and the countries of the Indian and Pacific Oceans in the 21st Century, facilitate regional cooperation through the development of academic, non-governmental organisations (NGO) and governmental networks in the Asia-Pacific region, and provide a forum for discussion of technical and ethical issues related to underwater cultural heritage and underwater archaeology. This will take place on March 22nd 2020. For more information, click here.

IKUWA 7th In­ter­na­tional Con­gress for Un­der­wa­ter Ar­chae­ology

Internationaler Kongreß für Unterwasserarchäologie is a global network of cooperating bodies that organises congresses focused on underwater archaeology to raise awareness of the importance of underwater cultural heritage and to create an international regulatory framework for its protection. 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”. Call for papers is now open. For more information, click here.



Le Dragon 2019 Field School/Volunteer Project

Anglo Danish Maritime Archaeological Team (ADMAT) are holding two sessions to continue uncovering sections of the stern of the ship Le Dragon, and locate any of the missing cannons and anchors, as well as to conduct a gradiometer survey of the surrounding area. Accepted applicants include divers, students, archaeologists and volunteers (minimum age 18) wishing to participate in the project. Only six places per week are available. The two dates are July 6-20 and July 20 - August 3 2019. To learn more, or book your space, 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 2019 Field School, four hours of graduate or undergraduate credit are available through Plymouth State University. The field school will take place between June 19th to June 24th. To learn more or book your place, click here.

Submerged Prehistoric Landscapes Geneva Summer School

The course aims at educating postgraduate students and young scientists to move across the boundaries of marine geosciences and archaeology, in order to shed light on the interaction between our ancestors with the dynamically changing environment. The summer school will take place in Porto Cheli (Greece), and include field trips to the prehistoric site of Franchthi Cave and surrounding area. The summer school will take place between August 19th and 23rd 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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(Events and activities from around the world that might be of interest to members, but that are not being run by the NAS)