LEADING THE FIELD IN RESEARCH, PROTECTION AND PRESERVATION OF MARITIME CULTURAL HERITAGE
Leading and collaborating on projects locally, nationally, and internationally
Hands on Heritage:
bringing archaeology to all
old meets new: pioneering new techniques
drones, 3d scanning, and underwater photography
Maritime archaeology trust
Investigate | Engage | Promote | Protect
The Maritime Archaeology Trust was established to study and manage the underwater cultural heritage and disseminate the results. The organisation was set up over thirty years ago to develop a strategic approach to the sustainable management of the maritime archaeological resource in the UK and internationally.
Our pioneering investigation of shipwrecks, intertidal structures, drowned settlements and submerged prehistoric landscapes has steered research in projects across north-west Europe, in the Mediterranean Sea, the Arabian Gulf and the Red Sea. Our education, outreach and volunteering programmes make maritime heritage available to all through events, activities, our Discovery Bus and through the Shipwreck Centre and Maritime Museum.
Read our latest annual report! In ‘A Year in Depth’, we look back on our work over the last year (2022-2023) through the lens of the UN Decade of Ocean Science, from integrating heritage and ocean science and developing skills, to enabling diversity and encouraging ocean literacy. It also includes the latest from the Isle of Wight Shipwreck Centre & Maritime Museum, the contributions of our amazing volunteers, and updates from our partnership projects.
We need your support to share maritime archaeology with the world and keep our Discovery Bus on the road. We are calling anyone with a passion for ‘our heritage, our ocean, and our future’ to consider giving us either a one-off donation of any amount or a monthly donation of just £5. Your donations will help us fund our programme of research and community events