Who are MADU ?

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

Ian & Bill are both members of the Tewkesbury Underwater Group (TUG), and having attended a NAS Introduction to Maritime Archaeology Course in March 1996, decided to form MADU as a vehicle from which they could run their own in-house Maritime Archaeological activities.            

Ian Bill

 

Ian ran his own boat building company for 30 years, and in 1994 taught himself to dive overnight when his companies 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 both the Iona II paddle steamer off of Lundy Island, and the (not the) Diamond 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 in 1968 and became a professional military diver the following year. His interest in diving continued after leaving the armed forces and today his underwater activities are focus on Foreshore 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 site off the Welsh coast known as the Bronze Bell (or Tal-y-Bont) wreck which lies between Barmouth and Harlech.