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

Fore & Aft 

A programme of guided tours in the company of L. P. Barnett, Marine Historian, and winner of the NAS Adopt A Wreck Award 2007. 

Guided tours through the Historic remains of the Purton Hulks
Sunday June 23rd 2019 at 2pm
Sunday July 28th 2019 at 2pm
Sunday August 18th 2019 at 2pm
Sunday September 22nd 2019 at 2pm

Guided Historic Harbour Tours of Lydney’s Lost Fleet
Sunday June  2nd 2019 at 2pm
Sunday July 7th 2019 at 2pm
Sunday August 4th 2019 at 2pm
Sunday September 1st 2019 at 2pm

Voluntary donation of £3.50 per person to attend. The tour will take approximately 2 hours, and will be weather permitting. PowerPoint presentations are also available by request. Due to limited spaced, pre-booking is essential. To book, or to learn more, call 07833 143 231 or visit the Friends of Purton website here.

Explosion Museum at Night

Join the Explosion Museum for a specialist talk about some of the unique objects, and to learn more about what life was like working at Priddy’s Hard, and the role it played in the D Day landings. The evening includes access to the museum galleries, with refreshments available to purchase, and will be taking place on September 4th 2019 between 18:30 and 21:00 at the Explosion Museum of Naval Power in Gosport, UK. Tickets £5 per person. For more information, click here.


ISCUA Conservation International Symposium of Underwater Archaeology

The 1st Symposium of Conservation for Underwater Archaeology (ISCUA), organised by the Institut Balear d'Estudis en Arqueología Marítima (IBEAM) in collaboration with the Council of Formentera, serve as a platform to disseminate leading research in the preservation of our maritime cultural heritage. This Symposium aims to continue with the training of the youngest generations in the field, as well as to create future links between the different institutions and invited specialists, and will take place between September 20th and 22nd 2019 in Formentera, Spain. 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.



Underwater Archaeology Course

The International Centre for Underwater Archaeology Zadar (ICUA) is organizing a 2-week Basic underwater archaeology course that will take place in Zadar, Croatia during period from September 2nd - 13th 2019. The course will consist of theoretical and practical (hands on) instruction in underwater documentation and archaeological excavation. The main aim of the course is to allow the participants acquire the best possible knowledge of basic underwater archaeology research techniques. Applications for the course closes on June 28th 2019. For more information, or to apply, click here.

2019 Field School in Maritime Archaeology

SEAMAHP in collaboration with Massachusetts BUAR will be running a hands-on archaeological dig into the past, as an accredited course through Salem State University (SSU). The course will cover methods and practice of archaeological research, survey and documentation of historic shipwrecks and maritime sites on the shores north of Boston, USA. In addition to methodological training and academic lectures, participants will get valuable experience with all aspects of fieldwork in a dynamic environment on the seashore. Delve into the continued investigation of a steamship wreck on Little Misery Island near Salem, between August 5th-9th 2019. To learn more, or to book your space, 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.

Netherlands Cultural Heritage Agency Underwater Field School

The Netherlands Cultural Heritage Agency will be holding their underwater field school between August 19th and 30th 2019. Applicants must apply before June 1st 2019, and have experience of dry suit diving, be Dutch speaking, and have student status  (studying at UG or PG level in a Maritime Archaeology related subject). To apply, send a short motivation letter to [email protected] For more information, click here.

Netherlands Cultural Heritage Agency Intertidal Field School

he Netherlands Cultural Heritage Agency will be holding their Intertidal field school between June 17th and July 19th.  Students will be completing a multitude of activities, including researching a small cargo ship near Zeewolde through excavating, measuring, drawing, documenting, find processing, wood documentation and sampling. Applicants must apply before June 1st 2019 and have student status  (studying at UG or PG level in a Maritime Archaeology related subject). To apply, send a short motivation letter to [email protected] For more information, 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.



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)