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.