MAG Bulletin copy deadline; European Maritime Day Stakeholder Conference; 2nd International Symposium on Occupational Scientific Diving; Funding cuts





MAG Bulletin copy deadline


Members are reminded that the copy deadline for the next MAG Bulletin is 8 May. If you wish to submit material for the Bulletin, please contact Mark Littlewood asap. Please let Mark know if your article or news is likely to be a few days late – it isn’t normally a problem.


Contributions from all members are very much welcomed.


European Maritime Day Stakeholder Conference


Is to be held in Rome on 18-20 May. Workshop 2 on 19 May is entitled ‘Raising awareness of common maritime heritage as a cultural pillar of the integrated maritime policy’. It features a number of speakers, including Catherine Perepelytsya of Medway Council.


2nd International Symposium on Occupational Scientific Diving


Takes place from the 6-8 October 2009 and is being hosted by the University of Helsinki in Finland.


Funding cuts


As a result of last week’s budget, DCMS is expected to save £168m over the next three years. This and the projected local government ‘efficiency savings’ may be bad news for those seeking government funding of maritime heritage projects.

ACHWS; Our Seas – a shared resource: High level Marine Objectives; Scottish discussion paper; British Archaeology focuses on the marine sector; First Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage; BS8478; Seasearch latest; ALSF-MEPF






The Department for Culture, Media and Sport is seeking to appoint people with the necessary blend of expertise and experience to fill the following posts on the UK’s Advisory Committee for Historic Wreck Sites: Post 1: Local Authority Archaeologist, Post 2:  Maritime Archaeologist (Academic) & Post 3:  Finds Conservator.


The deadline for applications is 6 May 2009, with interviews being held on 16 June.


If you are interested in applying for one of these posts, contact Mark Greenwood of the Public Appointments Team at DCMS, 2/4 Cockspur Street, London SW1.


Our Seas – a shared resource: High level Marine Objectives


The UK’s High Level Marine Objectives have been published today. These articulate the outcomes sought by the UK Government and Devolved Administrations in the UK marine area. They also underpin the development of the joint Marine Policy Statement which is provided for in the Marine and Coastal Access Bill.


They can be downloaded as a pdf from the DEFRA website.


Scottish discussion paper


The Scottish discussion paper, ‘Towards a Strategy for Scotland’s Marine Historic Environment’ is now available on the Historic Scotland website.


British Archaeology focuses on the marine sector


As both the Westminster and Scottish parliaments debate marine bills, the current issue of British Archaeology presents a major focus on the world of underwater and shipwreck archaeology. It includes Odyssey Marine Exploration’s controversial case that the wreck of HMS Victory is being destroyed by dredging, and a strong critique of the commercial exploitation of maritime heritage. Other features look at the Swash Channel wreck near Poole and the rich but overlooked potential of former dry-land sites that are now submerged beneath the sea.


Go to British Archaeology’s website for further details.


First Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage


A report on this meeting, which took place on 26-27 March, is now available on the UNESCO website.




MAG Blog understands that at the last Diving Industry Committee meeting, concerns were raised about the potential implications for the recreational industry of BS 8478 – Respiratory Protective Devices – Breathing Gases for Diving and Hyperbaric Applications.


A European standard (EN) is now being drafted which encompasses the details of this British Standard. This draft EN will be discussed at the next BSI meeting on 27 April 2009. The HSE is urging DIC committee members with concerns to ensure that their respective representatives on the BSI committee are briefed accordingly so that their views are adequately addressed in the drafting process.


Seasearch latest


Seasearch’s latest newsletter can be downloaded from their website.




Will be at Lowestoft Airshow this year, on 23-4 July.

Logboats enhanced; Marine Scotland launched; Sound of Mull fieldschool; Black Swan; A better protected wreck?




Logboats enhanced


EH has completed an enhancement of the NMR’s existing logboat database. A very brief report on the results of this enhancement can be downloaded from the EH website. More than half of the logboats discovered in England to date have subsequently been lost or destroyed.


Marine Scotland launched

A new marine organisation, Marine Scotland, was launched last week. It will have responsibility for planning and managing the resources of Scotland’s seas, including the marine historic environment. The current functions of fisheries Research Services (FRS), the Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency (SFPA) and the Scottish Government’s Marine Directorate have been brought together in this new organisation.

Further details of this new resource can be found on the Scottish Government website.


Sound of Mull fieldschool


The Nautical Archaeology Society will be running a 12 day fieldschool on underwater archaeology in July. Based at the Lochaline Dive Centre in the Sound of Mull, the course will be taught by experienced maritime archaeologists including such luminaries as Dr Colin Martin. The course is supported by Historic Scotland and further details can be obtained from the NAS website.


Black Swan


Odyssey Marine Exploration’s ‘’ is advertising the sale of reproductions of some of the coins recovered from the shipwreck site that they are calling ‘The Black Swan’. OME claim to have salvaged half a million coins from this highly controversial site, which has been the subject of ongoing litigation in the US courts involving the Spanish government.


A better protected wreck?


Archaeologists are reported to have recovered a unique 100 year old dugout canoe from an alligator lagoon at St Augustine Alligator Farm and Zoological Park in St Augustine, USA.