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Who are MADU?

The Malvern Archaeological Diving Unit (MADU) was co-founded in 1997 by Ian Cundy and Bill Turner following their particiation in the Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) SubMap Project to dive and record the remains of the Resurgam submarine off the north coast of Wales.

Along with other members of the Tewkesbury Underwater Group (TUG), Ian & Bill attended a NAS Introduction to Marine Archaeology Course in March 1997, following which they formed MADU, initially as a vehicle from which they could run their own in-house Maritime Archaeology activities.

Ian Cundy Bill Turner

Ian ran his own boat building company for over 30 years, and in 1994 taught himself to dive overnight when his company's floating workshop rolled over and sank!      

In the interim years Ian's interest has been directed toward Maritime Archaeology, and he has been the licensee for the Iona II paddle steamer off Lundy Island, and the Diamond? a US merchant sailing vessel in Cardigan Bay. 

Ian has a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering  an M.A. in Maritime Archaeology and in 2004 was awarded the Sub-Aqua Association's George Arnold Trophy for contributions to maritime archaeology.

Bill (William) started diving with the military at the age of 18 and eventually became a qualified professional military diver.

Bill's interest in diving continued after leaving the armed forces and in recent years his underwater activities have been focused on Foreshore, Intertidal and Underwater Archaeology.

Bill is a British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC) and Sub Aqua Association (SAA) diving instructor and has been the licensee for one of the protected wreck sites off the Welsh coast known as the Bronze Bell (or Tal-y-Bont) wreck which lies between Barmouth and Harlech in Cardigan Bay. 


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