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In addition to running courses, providing talks and presentations, etc. below is a list of some of the projects and other maritime activities that MADU have been involved with, & hopefully been of some assistance!

The Helping Hand on the foreshore at Lawrenny in Pembrokeshire

The Helping Hand on the foreshore at Lawrenny in Pembrokeshire.

Year Projects Description
2023 NAS (virtual) Conference - 2023

Presentation of a paper at the 2023 Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) Conference held virtually on-line.

The title of the paper was: The Misidentification of a Shipwreck Designated under the Protection of Wrecks Act 1973.

2022 2019 RCAHMW U-boat Project Legacy Day

As a follow up to the 2019 RCAHMW U-boat Project Field School run at Abercastle, Pembrokeshire (see below), a legacy day was organised to commemorate the wrecking of the SS Leysian, and to provide the local community with a report on what the field school managed to achieve.

2021 & 2022 Bronze Bell Wreck Site Leaflets

During the 2021 NAS Conference, MADU were awarded a MSDS Marine, Protected Wreck Award. The grant associated with this award has gone towards helping to promote the Bronze Bell Protected Wreck Site by the production of bi-lingual (English & Welsh) Information Leaflets.

MSDS Marine grant funds a new Bronze Bell wreck leaflet.

2021 An Introduction to Running Maritime Archaeological Projects

As a follow up to An illustrated glossary of Wooden Ship and Boat Terminology published in 2020, which derived from running courses on "Wooden Ship & Boat Construction", this second book has similarly evolved from the course MADU offers on "Running Maritime Archaeological Projects". Details about the book and how to obtain a copy can be found at the links below, and in the column on the left:

An Introduction to Running Maritime Archaeological Projects

  DEGUWA (virtual) Conference - 2021

Presentation of a joint paper with Dr. Hristomir Hristov from the Naval Museum Varna, Bulgaria, at the annual DEGUWA Conference held virtually, on-line due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The paper was titled: Welsh Wreck Web Research Project.

DEGUWA Journal for Maritime and Freshwater Archeology and Cultural History - Skyllis 21

2020 & 2021

Welsh Wreck Web Research Project

During the Covid-19, corona virus outbreak, and with people being locked down around the world, MADU ran an on-line research project based around vessels that had wrecked, or been involved in, maritime incidents in the north Cardigan Bay area, mid- Wales. An overview of the project can be viewed at:

Report on the www Research Project.

2020 NAS (virtual) Conference - 2020

Presentation of a paper at the 2020 Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) Conference held virtually on-line due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The title of the paper was: Welsh Wreck Web Research Project: 2020, Covid-19, Volunteer, On-line, Research Project.

  An illustrated glossary of Wooden Ship and Boat Terminology

Due to the need to self issolate bought about by the Covid-19, corona virus outbreak, this book has evolved from the course that MADU offers on "Wooden Ship & Boat Construction". Details about the book and how to obtain a copy can be found at the links below, and in the column on the left:

An illustrated glossary of Wooden Ship and Boat Terminology

2019 RCAHMW U-boat Project - 2019 Field School

Planning and running a field school at Abercastle in Pembrokeshire, based around the wreck of the SS Leysian, as part of the RCAHMW's HLF project: "Commemorating the forgotten U-Boat War around the Welsh Coast 1914-1918". See:

Running a Maritime Field School at Abercastle, Pembrokeshire, South Wales as part of the U-boat Project: Commemorating the forgotten U-boat war around the Welsh coast (1914-18)Field School Report

and

Report on sites of Historical Interest visited during the 2019 Nautical Archaeology Society Abercastle Field School

  "Wales and the Sea" publication

Contribution to the production of a book:

Wales and the Sea: 10,000 years of Welsh maritime history.

Contributions were made to Chapter 10.9 "North American Vessels in Welsh Waters" and Chapter 16.1 "The Nautical Archaeology Society". MADU also provided 5 images for the book which was published by the British Library in 2019 (ISBN 978-1-78461-527-7).

2018

NAS / FoNS Conference - 2018

Exhibition - 2018.4

Presentation of a paper: NAS in Wales: Past, Present & Future, at the Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) / Friends of the Newport Ship (FoNS) Conference in Newport, South Wales. Also, the running of an exhibition stand to promote NAS and publicise the field school being planned for June 2019 as part of the RCAHMW's HLF project, "Commemorating the forgotten U-Boat War around the Welsh Coast 1914-1918".

 

MOROL / RCAHMW Conference 2018

Exhibition - 2018.3

Presentation of a paper: The wrecks of the Cartagena and Leysian, at the MOROL / RCAHMW Conference in Pembroke Dock. Also, the running of an exhibition stand to promote NAS and publicise the field school being planned for June 2019 as part of the RCAHMW's HLF project, "Commemorating the forgotten U-Boat War around the Welsh Coast 1914-1918".

  Sidon (Lebanon) Field School

Assisting with the second NAS Course run in Lebanon. The 7-day underwater course was hosted by the Lebanese University in Sidon, and was based on the NAS E-learning Recorder & Surveyor Skills Days. See:

Report on the NAS Underwater Recorder & Surveyor Course, Sidon, Lebanon (22nd - 28th September 2018).

 

Technological Advances in Archaeology

Running an afternoon course on Technological Advances
in Maritime Archaeology as part of an IT week for the Blind Veterans UK in Llandudno, North Wales.
  RCAHMW U-boat Project - 2018 Field School

Planning and running a field school at Traeth Bychan on Anglesey, based around the wreck of the SS Cartagena, as part of the RCAHMW's HLF project: "Commemorating the forgotten U-Boat War around the Welsh Coast 1914-1918". See:

Running a Maritime Field School at Traeth Bychan, Anglesey, North Wales as part of the U-boat Project: Commemorating the forgotten U-boat war around the Welsh Coast (1914-18).

  Exhibition - 2018.2

Running an exhibition stand at the CHERISH Professional Seminar in Llandudno, to publicise the NAS field school being planned for June 2018 as part of the RCAHMW's HLF project, "Commemorating the forgotten U-Boat War around the Welsh Coast 1914-1918".

 

DAT Archaeology Day - 2018

Exhibition - 2018.1

Presentation of a paper: Maritime Archaeology in Wales, On-shore, Off-shore & in the Intertidal Zone, at the Dyfed Archaeologoy Trust (DAT) 2018 Archaeology Day in Aberystwyth. Also, running an exhibition stand to promote the NAS and to publicise the field school being planned for June 2018 as part of the RCAHMW's HLF project, "Commemorating the forgotten U-Boat War around the Welsh Coast 1914-1918".

  Bronze Bell Project - 2018

Concluding the work for Cadw on the Bronze Bell shipwreck and the production of an addendum to the 2017 report:

Recommendations for the management and administration of a diver trail for the Bronze Bell (Tal-y-Bont) shipwreck site.

2017 Exhibition - 2017.4

Running an exhibition stand at the Nautical Archaeology Society Conference in Portsmouth, to publicise the NAS field school being planned for June 2018 as part of the RCAHMW's HLF project, "Commemorating the forgotten U-Boat War around the Welsh Coast 1914-1918".

  Exhibition - 2017.3

Running an exhibition stand at the Anglesey Marine Archaeology & Shipwreck Conference in Moelfre on Anglesey, to publicise the NAS field school being planned for June 2018 as part of the RCAHMW's HLF project, "Commemorating the forgotten U-Boat War around the Welsh Coast 1914-1918".

  Bronze Bell Project - 2017

Investigation into the Bronze Bell shipwreck for NAS / Cadw. The project resulted in a report:

Assessment of material relating to the Bronze Bell (Tal-y-Bont) shipwreck and recommendations for improving accessibility to the site and the recovered artefacts.

  Anfeh (Lebanon) Field School

Assisting with the first NAS Course run in Lebanon. The 4-day underwater course was hosted by the University of Balamand at Anfeh in the North of Lebanon, and was based on the NAS E-learning Recorder & Surveyor Skills Days. See:

Report on the NAS Underwater Recorder & Surveyor Course, Anfeh, Lebanon (7th - 10th September 2017).

  Exhibition - 2017.2

Running an exhibition stand to promote the NAS at the 2017 "All Wales Boat Show" in Conwy.

  RCAHMW's HLF Project - 2017.1

Production of a report for the RCAHMW's HLF project, "Commemorating the forgotten U-Boat War around the Welsh Coast 1914-1918". See:

Investigation into the possibilities of running an Underwater Field School in South Wales during 2018.

  Exhibition - 2017.1

Running an exhibition stand to promote the NAS at the Dyfed Archaeological Trust (DAT) 2017 Archaeology Day in Llanelli.

2016 Abu Dhabi (UAE) Field School

Assisting with the first NAS Course in the United Arab Emirates. The 3-day underwater course was hosted by the Al Mahara Diving Centre in Abu Dhabi, and was based on the NAS E-learning Recorder & Surveyor Skills Days.

 

DAT Archaeology Day - 2016

Exhibition - 2016

Running an exhibition stand to promote NAS at the Dyfed Archaeologoy Trust (DAT) 2016 Archaeology Day in Aberystwyth, and the presentation of a joint paper with James Meek, Head of DAT Archaeological Services. The paper was titled: Ynyslas Slate Wrecks: the highs and lows of recording an intertidal shipwreck.

 

Communities First Project

Investigation for Cadw into the possibilities of using maritime heritage to engage people from Communities First Cluster Areas in South Wales. The project resulted in a report:

Study to Investigate the Possibility of using Maritime Heritage Sites to Create Community Archaeological Projects within Communities First Cluster Areas of South Wales. 

2015

Llandudno Field School - 2015

Providing a 2-day course on Intertidal Recording for volunteers from the Ships' Timbers Maritime Museum. See the report:

Support of the Ships' Timbers Maritime Museum, Llandudno.  

  Michigan (USA) Field School - 2015

Assisting with the running of another 2-week Maritime Archaeology field school, based at the Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City, Michigan, USA.

 

Ynyslas Wrecks - 2015

Return visit to Ynyslas in mid. Wales to assist the Dyfed Archaeological Trust (DAT) with the ongoing monitoring and recording of the eroding and exposed remains of Hulk 3. See the report:

Monitoring and Recoding the Scheduled Hulk Number 3 on Ynyslas Beach, Ceredigion (June 2015).  

 

Star of Hope Field School

Assisting with the running of a weekend hulk recording field school for volunteers from the Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership on the intertidal wreck of the Star of Hope on Ainsdale Sands.

 

Leys Beach Field School

Assisting with the running of a hulk recording field school for volunteers from the Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust (G-GAT) on Leys Beach, South Wales and the production of a:

Report on an Intertidal Wreck Recording weekend for the Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust (G-GAT).

2014

Llandudno Field School - 2014

Providing an evening talk on Maritime Archaeology at the Llandudno Town Hall, followed by running an intertidal recording field school weekend for volunteers from the Ships' Timbers Maritime Museum.

  Ynyslas Wrecks - 2014

Visit to Ynyslas in mid. Wales to assist the Dyfed Archaeological Trust (DAT) with the monitoring and recording of the eroding and exposed remains of Hulk 3, and to determine the extent of Hulk 2. See the report:

Monitoring and Recoding of the Scheduled Hulks on Ynyslas Beach, Ceredigion.  

  Michigan (USA) Field School - 2014

Assisting with the running of another 2-week Maritime Archaeology field school, based at the Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City, Michigan, USA.

  Thora Field School - 2014

Running further NAS E-learning 2D & 3D practical surveying exercises on the hulk of the Thora in the intertidal zone at Valley on Anglesey, North Wales.

 

Maid of Harlech Wreck Investigation

Visit to Harlech in north Wales to inspect an aircraft that had been uncoverd following storms, and the production of a report:

Survey and Recording of the Lockheed P38F Lightning "Maid of Harlech"

  Marros Sands Wreck Investigation

Visit to South Wales to inspect an intertidal wreck that had been uncovered by storms, and the production of a report:

Survey and Recording of a Shipwreck on Marros Sands, Carmarthenshire

  Freshwater West Wreck Incestigation

Visit to South Wales to inspect an intertidal wreck that had been uncovered by storms, and the production of a report:

Survey and Recording of a Shipwreck on Freshwater West Beach, Pembrokeshire

2013 Welsh Coal & Slate Wreck Project - 2013

Production of a report for NAS / Cadw: 

Welsh Coal and Slate Wrecks: Year Two of the Trial Running of Maritime Archaeological Projects on Slate Wrecks in Wales by Engaging Individual Dive Clubs and Recreational Divers

 

Helping Hand Field School 2013.2

Running a NAS E-learning 2D & 3D practical surveying exercises on the hulk of the Helping Hands in the intertidal zone at Lawrenny in Pembrokeshire, South Wales.
  Thora Field School - 2013

Running a NAS E-learning 2D & 3D practical surveying exercises on the hulk of the Thora in the intertidal zone at Valley on Anglesey, North Wales.

  Rotherhithe Field School

Running a NAS E-learning 2D & 3D practical surveying exercises in the intertidal zone of the River Thames at Rotherhithe in conjunction with the Thames Discovery Project.

  Michigan (Wales) Field School - 2013

Organising and running a 12-day field school taking students from the Northwestern Michigan College in America and the UK on a Maritime Archaeological tour of Wales and England.

 

Helping Hand Field School 2013.1

Running a weekend hulk recording field school for volunteers from the Dyfed Archaeological Trust (DAT) on an intertidal wreck at Lawrenny in Pembrokeshire. See the report:

Dyfed Archaeological Trust / Nautical Archaeology Society: Intertidal Hulk Recording

 

SHA Conference - 2013

Presentation of a joint paper with Dr. Mark Holley from Northwestern Michigan College (USA) at the annual Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA) Conference at Leicester University. The paper was titled: Cultivating the Next Generation of Maritime Archaeologists: An Anglo/American Approach.

2012 NAS E-learning Study

Production of a report for NAS:

Scoping Study to Identify Maritime Sites in Wales Suitable for Training NAS E-Learning Students in Practical Surveying

  Ynyslas Wrecks - 2012

A MADU in-house project undertaken following the realisation that one of three intertidal hulks on Ynyslas beach, mid Wales, was emerging from the bank of the Afon Leri and was being systematically lost. See the report: 

Proposals for the Conservation of the Wooden Vessel Emerging from the Bank of the Afon Leri at Ynyslas

  Welsh Coal & Slate Wreck Project - 2012

Production of a report for NAS / Cadw: 

Welsh Coal and Slate Wrecks: The Trial Running of Maritime Archaeological Projects on Slate Wrecks in Wales by Engaging Individual Dive Clubs and Recreational Divers

  Michigan (USA) Field School - 2012

Assisting with the running of another 2-week Maritime Archaeology field school, based at the Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City, Michigan, USA.

2011 Welsh Coal & Slate Wreck Project - 2011

Production of a report for NAS / Cadw:

Welsh Coal and Slate Wrecks: Taking Forward the Proposals for Running a Maritime Archaeological Research Project for Recreational Divers and Professional Archaeologists

  Mumbles Field Schools

Assisting with the running of 2-weekend hulk recording field schools for volunteers from the Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust (G-GAT) on intertidal wrecks at the Mumbles on the Gower Peninsula.

  Bronze Bell Diver Trail - 2011

Production of an in-house MADU report for Cadw:

Tal-y-Bont Designated Wreck Site: Diver Trail Project Proposal

  Zaton (Croatia) Field School

Assisting with the running of an international UNESCO funded, 2-week Maritime Archaeology underwater field school on a Roman harbour at Zaton in Croatia.

  Michigan (USA) Field School - 2011

Assisting with the running of a 2-week Maritime Archaeology field school, based at the Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City, Michigan, USA.

2010 Welsh Coal & Slate Wreck Project - 2010

Production of a report for NAS / Cadw:

Welsh Coal and Slate Wrecks: Proposals for Running a Maritime Archaeological Research Project for Recreational Divers and Professional Archaeologists

  Maritime Wales DVD

Production of a information & publicity DVD entitled "Maritime Wales" for NAS / Cadw.

  Exhibition - 2010

Running an exhibition stand to promote NAS at the 2010 South West Dive Show in Bristol.

  Borth Submerged Forest Visit

Visit to Borth in mid Wales to inspect and record the remains of a submerged forest that emerges from the sands on the beach.

  Welsh Lecture Tour

Providing of a series of 10 talks throughout Wales on Maritime Archaeology for NAS / Cadw.

2008 Sharpness Field School

A weekend NAS Part II Field School at Sharpness to investigate the wrecks that remain partially & totally submerged in a pound above the disused lock where the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal meets the River Severn.   

  Welsh Lecture Tour 2008

Providing a series of 4 talks in Wales to promote the launch of a bi-lingual poster about Maritime Archaeology in Wales for NAS / Cadw.

2004 Purton Field School - 2004

Assisting with the running of another NAS field schools at Purton on the banks of the River Severn where around 96 hulks lie abandoned.

2002 to 2009

The Diamond? Project - 2002 to 2009

A MADU in-house project to research & investigate a protected site in an attempt to determine whether the wreck on the site was that of the Diamond, an American square rigger that sunk in Cardigan Bay in 1825. Licensee's reports were submitted at the end of each season to Cadw, and the work culminated with a MA Dissertation:

A Shipwreck in Cardigan Bay, West Wales, Designated under the Protection of Wrecks Act 1973, and known as the Diamond: An Interim Report on the Site (2000 - 2009)

2002 Purton Field School - 2002

Assisting with the running of a NAS field school at Purton on the banks of the River Severn where around 96 hulks lie abandoned.

2000 & 2001 Iona II Project

A MADU in-house project to inspection & Survey the protected wreck of the steam powered paddle steamer Iona II which sunk off of Lundy Island, North Devon in 1864. Licensee's reports were submitted at the end of each season to the Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS).

1999 Dor (Israel) Field School

Excavation, Survey, Recording & Recovery of artifacts from a Byzantine & other unknown wreck in the Eastern Mediteranean at Dor in Israel.

  Fort Bovisand Commercial Diving Course

A weekend commercial diving course organised jointly with the Rother Divers from Bexhill and held at Port Bovisand in Plymouth.

  HMS Coronation Field School

Survey & Recording of Cannons & Anchors in conjunction with other teams for Sonardyne. The work was on the offshore protected wreck site of HMS Coronation off of Plymouth.

 

Bouldnor Cliff Field School

Survey & recording work on a submerged forest and mesolithic site in the Solent for the Hampshire & Wight Trust for Marine Archaeology.

1998 Bronze Bell Field School - 1998

Survey & Recording of Canons, Anchors & Marble Blocks on the Bronze Bell (Tal-y-Bont) protected wreck site in Cardigan Bay, Mid Wales.

  HMS Pomone Field School

Search, Survey & Recording work for the Hampshire & Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology. The work carried out was in Alum Bay off the north west coast of the Isle of Wight where the wreck of a ship was thought to possibly be part of HMS Pomone.

1997 Silver Grey Project

A MADU in-house project undertaken for the Malvern Spitfire Team to search for a World War II Spitfire that ditched into the sea off of Bexhill in 1941. See the project report:

Silver Grey: Diving Project Report - 1997

  Resurgam (SubMap) Field School

Survey & Recording work on the protected wreck site of the first steam powered submarine Resurgam. The work carried out was part of the Nautical Archaeological Society SubMap Project.

1996 Kidwelly Field Schooll

Survey of an unknown intertidal wooden shipwreck on Cefn Sidan Sands at the Pembrey Country Park, which resulted in the NAS Part II Report:

Hulk Survey at Kidwelly, Dyfed, South Wales 

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