The Maritime Archaeology Trust is a charity that relies on donations from individuals and groups to help us continue to research, protect, and promote maritime heritage. Donations help us to increasue public participation, provide team building and personal development opportunities, spark interest in maritime archaeology for all ages, and continue our research on shiprecks, intertidal sites, and submerged landscapes.

Your gift could provide:

  • £10 pays for education packs to teach children about local history and shipwrecks.
  • £30 will help our volunteer and community projects preserving and recording sites of archaeological significance.
  • £75 will help provide valuable equipment so our dive team can reach and research shipwrecks to contribute to national records.
  • £100 helps pay for fuel and staff to take our Discovery Bus into the community.

How to Donate


You can set up a single or monthly donation at our Local Giving page.

By text

Text: MAT £2 (or any amount up to £20) to this number: 70085.

By post

You can send us a donation to ‘MAT fundraising’, Room 014/11 National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 3ZH. Please make cheques payable to the Maritime Archaeology Trust. If you are a UK tax payer, you can also make your donation go further with GiftAid. Please email for a form.

In your will – leave a legacy

To find out more about leaving a legacy in your will or an in memoriam gift visit our ‘Legacy’ page.

When you shop online

3500+ online retailers will donate to our charity when you shop through Give as You Live.
Give As You Live doesn’t cost you a penny. Simply by changing the website address you buy through you can help us continue our work. Shop now at

Through Facebook

You can now also donate through Facebook. Visit our Facebook page and hit ‘donate’.

When you search online

When you search online using ‘Everyclick’ we’ll receive a small donation. Just change your search tool or homepage to

Trusts and Foundations

The Maritime Archaeology Trust is extremely grateful for the funding it receives from charitable trusts and foundations which makes an enormous difference to both core work and specific projects. If you are a trustee or a foundation administrator and would like to discover more about our work, please do contact us.

Corporate Sponsorship

There are a number of sponsorship opportunities available for both local and national businesses. By sponsoring one of the Maritime Archaeology Trust projects, not only will you be helping to preserve your maritime heritage, but you will benefit through the wide publicity gained by the Maritime Archaeology Trust. Our work has recently featured on national and international media, including articles and documentaries on BBC television and radio, Channel 4, the UK History Channel, National Geographic and regional and national newspapers.

We are extremely grateful to all our supporters, past and present.