About Us

About Us

Our ethos is simple: to promote understanding and enjoyment of maritime heritage in an ever changing world.


We believe that this can only be achieved by building strong partnerships with other heritage and marine organisations to together monitor and raise awareness of sites of archaeological significance.

The Maritime Archaeology Trust engages some of the best researchers and academics in marine archaeology which is why we currently lead, contribute to, and work in partnership on projects with a range of UK and EU organisations and funding bodies.

The Maritime Archaeology Trust is a registered charity (no. 90002510).

MAT Objectives:

Investigate: maritime, coastal and underwater archaeology.

Engage: people, communities and schools through involvement, enjoyment and education.

Promote: hard to reach and inaccessible maritime heritage.

Protect: through supporting heritage management for current and future generations.

Awards and Accreditations

MAT is a Registered Organisation with the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) and is Accredited to the Governing Bodies of the 2001 UNESCO Convention on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage as of 2015.

2006 British Archaeological Award Runner up

2011 Europa Nostra Award

2013 Daniel G Roberts award

2019 Shortlisted for Maritime Heritage Foundation Maritime Media Award

AIM membership for the Shipwreck Centre and Maritime Museum


The Hampshire and Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology is founded.


Refurbishment of Sunken Secrets exhibition at Fort Victoria, Isle of Wight.


Worked flints found at Bouldnor Cliff.


The MAT becomes a UNESCO Accredited NGO.


The Discovery Bus is launched.


The Hampshire and Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology uses its alternative name of Maritime Archaeology Trust.


The MAT takes over management of the Shipwreck Centre and Maritime Museum, Isle of Wight.


MAT will celebrate 30 years of protecting and promoting maritime heritage.