Featuring presentations from a range of professional and amateur archaeologists, the NAS Annual Conference provides an opportunity to discuss research, review the archaeological activities of members, exchange ideas on encouraging access to our shared heritage, and network with friends and colleagues from the UK and abroad.
An important international event in the world of nautical archaeology, the NAS Conference always secures a range of internationally renowned speakers who focus their talks on maritime and nautical archaeology around the world.
Not to be missed...
The NAS Annual General Meeting is also usually held during the conference for members.
There is also a large exhibitors’ area full of a number of organisations that come along as exhibitors during the conference.
For the last few years, NAS has held a poster session which has exhibited a range of projects and research from shipbuilding to indertidal archaeology, from as far as Yemen and as close as the river Thames.
The conference also sees the and presentation of the annual Adopt-A-Wreck Award.
There is also an annual raffle with the prizes drawn at the end of the event by NAS President, Phil Harding.
There is normally an excursion held as part of the conference. In 2012, there were tours of the facilities of the Royal Navy Submarine Escape Training Tank and QinetiQ Haslar Marine Technology Park (both in Gosport).
As well as a packed day of speakers, the NAS Annual conference also incorporates the chance to meet other members on a social level.
The Friday evening usually involves a social get together in a local pub involving beer and skittles. There is also a conference dinner on the Saturday night - previous dinners have included the Mary Rose Museum, a traditional meal on board HMS Warrior and a sea shanty evening at the Royal Maritime Club.
The practical stuff
Coming soon more info on this year’s programme, how to book, accommodation, venue, directions etc.