We believe that strong partnerships across government agencies, heritage curators, local authorities and higher education institutions (HEIs) are essential to improve policy and methods for preserving and protecting our cultural heritage, as well as contributing to issues associated with climate change.
Only by learning from the past can we obtain a long term perspective of our changing environment to help with planning for the future. That is why we seek to deliver world-class research in archaeology, the historic environment, marine data, GIS and coastal change with a particular focus on the ambitions for social inclusion in Integrated Coastal Zone Management.
As an organisation, our expertise has been sought across the globe: we currently act as an SME partner to lead, cooperate on, and contribute to science, heritage and social outreach projects with a range of HEIs and funding bodies.
Our research aims to not only inform policy but also to make heritage more accessible for the public. We place a priority on developing innovative ways to educate communities and schools – a challenge which has led to us being internationally recognised for our outreach capabilities. A key example is our Discovery Bus which is a mobile exhibition and classroom designed to bring underwater archaeology to the surface.
The skills and ability to succeed
Our expertise in the fields of maritime archaeology has been gained through over 22 years’ experience in research and investigations both in the UK and internationally. We work to share this experience with our partners, cooperating on all aspects of projects from pre-bid to dissemination.
The Trust’s expertise in research is widely recognised in the UK and ever more influential globally. It is underpinned by quality academics, researchers and HEI lecturers employed or involved in our work. This pedigree ensures that your project not only benefits from a sound methodology, but access to the latest archaeological, geophysical and geotechnical research.
Furthermore, for the dissemination element of projects we are widely and internationally recognised for innovation. In 2011, our Discovery Bus and ever growing educational resources won a Europa Nostra award for education, training and awareness raising. We also received the USA Society for Historical Archaeology D. G. Roberts award for Excellence in Public and Historical Archaeology in 2013.