Maritime Archaeology Trust

A visitor making use of the archaeology activities at the Underwater Archaeology Centre
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The Maritime Archaeology Trust promotes interest, research and knowledge of maritime archaeology and heritage in Great Britain with core activities concentrated in the counties of Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and the adjacent South Coast areas.

The Trust run a programme of research led fieldwork involving professional archaeologists, volunteers and students. The results of this work are widely disseminated through our programme of educational initiatives including lectures, seminars and publications. Events and activities are provided throughout the year for the Friends of the Trust.

The Maritime Archaeology Trust also run the Underwater Archaeology Centre at Fort Victoria, near Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight. Inside you will discover submerged secrets beneath the waters of the Hampshire and Wight area from shipwrecks to submerged pre-historic landscapes. Artifacts have been brought to the surface by the Trust's maritime archaeology team. Here you can see them in first aid conservation, watch divers work under water in our projection room and discover the military history of the Fort.

Venue Type:

Museum, Ship or maritime heritage site, Association or society

Opening hours

Sunken Secrets, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight. Seasonal opening, March to October. Please check Sunken Secrets Website: http://sunkensecrets.maritimearchaeologytrust.org/

Admission charges

Please check Sunken Secrets Website: http://sunkensecrets.maritimearchaeologytrust.org/

Shipwrecks:
Artefacts from protected wreck sites in the region such as Pomone and Santa Lucia.
Submerged Solent:
Artefacts and stratigraphy from Bouldnor Cliff the only submerged mesolithic landscape of its kind in Britain. Large collection of flint tools from lost Stone age sites beneath the sea. Digatal footage of divers excavating the site at Bouldnor Cliff.
Fort History:
Fort Victoria was compleated in 1855 and has housed many diffrent branches of the military services. Here you can find a propeller from a Miles Monitor lost inthe solent. Artifacts from military instalations and an ongoing oral history programme.

Collection details

Archaeology, Maritime, Social History

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
MAT's Discovery Bus

Forgotten Wrecks of the First World War: Events

  • 1 May 2014 — 31 March 2018 *on now

Forgotten Wrecks of the First World War is a Heritage Lottery Funded (HLF) four year project devised and delivered by the Maritime Archaeology Trust to coincide with the centenary of the Great War. At the heart of the project is a desire to raise the profile of a currently under-represented aspect of the First World War. While attention is often focused on the Western Front and major naval battles like Jutland, historic remains from the war lie, largely forgotten, in and around our seas, rivers and estuaries.

A series of events, some involving the Maritime Archaeology Trust's Discovery Bus and/or event tent, are taking place at a range of venues along the south coast. Please see http://www.forgottenwrecks.org/index.php/forgottenwrecks/explore-the-wrecks/events for further information.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.forgottenwrecks.org/index.php/forgottenwrecks/explore-the-wrecks/events

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Forgotten Wrecks of the First World War: Talks

  • 1 January 2015 — 31 March 2018 *on now

Forgotten Wrecks of the First World War is a Heritage Lottery Funded (HLF) four year project devised and delivered by the Maritime Archaeology Trust to coincide with the centenary of the Great War. At the heart of the project is a desire to raise the profile of a currently under-represented aspect of the First World War. While attention is often focused on the Western Front and major naval battles like Jutland, historic remains from the war lie, largely forgotten, in and around our seas, rivers and estuaries.

A series of talks are being given about the project, along the south coast. Please see http://www.forgottenwrecks.org/index.php/forgottenwrecks/explore-the-wrecks/talks for further information.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.forgottenwrecks.org/index.php/forgottenwrecks/explore-the-wrecks/talks

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.
HWTMA's Maritime Bus

Maritime Archaeology Trust's Maritime Bus

http://schools.maritimearchaeologytrust.org/maritimebus

The Maritime Bus is an inspiring mobile resource facility that enables us to take our activities and information all over the region, country and beyond, visiting schools and colleges, community centers, events, local shows, open days and public spaces, from parks to libraries and supermarket car parks. The Maritime Bus is generously funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Creator

  • HWTMA
  • Maritime Archaeology Trust

Publisher

  • HWTMA
  • Maritime Archaeology Trust

How to obtain

Currently HLF funded. Please contact HWTMA for latest information.

‘Exploring the Seabed of the Solent and Wight: maritime archaeology and marine aggregate'

http://schools.maritimearchaeologytrust.org/

Free schools resource including real and reconstructed artefacts, information and activities. The multidisciplinary nature of archaeology provides cross-curricular study opportunities with many of the activities encouraging the use of observational, interpretive, and reporting skills.
Brings to life the fascinating world of underwater heritage and its links with the aggregate industry. The accompanying artefacts is what make this resource particularly exciting. Ancient hand axes, pottery, nit combs, clay pipes and much more are available for pupils to observe and handle.

Creator

  • Rebecca Causer

Publisher

  • Hampshire and Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology
  • Maritime Archaeology Trust

How to obtain

Please contact HWTMA to loan a pack or go to http://schools.maritimearchaeologytrust.org/. to review the pack prior to use

HWTMA's Fun & Learning in the Real World: An educators' Guide

Fun & Learning in the Real World

http://schools.maritimearchaeologytrust.org/funandlearningbook

Who is it for? As the title suggests, this booklet is for educators. We mean this in the broadest sense, from school-based teachers, home educators, life-long learning practitioners, youth group and special interest group leaders, to parents, carers and anyone with a yearning for learning!

What does it do? It provides background information, plug-and-play worksheets, activity ideas and signposting to a whole host of resources.

What’s it about? It focuses on showing how traditional subjects, learnt in school and at home, are applied in the real world. With an emphasis on the marine environment and maritime archaeology, this guide aims to make learning more fun!

How do I get one? Please send an email to info[at]hwtma.org.uk with your postal address, how many copies you would like and what you're going to do with them (this helps us inform our funders). Please put 'Educators Guide' in the subject line of the email.

Creator

  • HWTMA
  • Maritime Archaeology Trust

Publisher

  • HWTMA
  • Maritime Archaeology Trust

How to obtain

This is currently available at no cost (P&P costs apply). Please contact HWTMA.

Front cover of Identifying a Mystery Shipwreck

Identifying a Mystery Shipwreck: a cross-curricular resource for KS3

http://schools.maritimearchaeologytrust.org/mysteryshipwreckbook

This is a 40-page, full-colour, spiral-bound, A4-sized booklet. It has been designed so that students, ideally with access to the internet, can work through the booklet independently. In so doing, they will take an active role in solving the mystery of the wreck's identity, while gaining an appreciation of the marine environment, its importance today and in the past, and insights into a range of marine careers. Throughout the booklet there are excercises and tasks to provide opportunities for the development and practical application of skills and knowledge learnt in maths, science, English, ICT, geography and history.

Creator

  • Created by HWTMA
  • Maritime Archaeology Trust

Publisher

  • Published by HWTMA
  • Maritime Archaeology Trust

How to obtain

Single copies avaialble freely (P&P costs apply). Multiple copies available for reasonable cost (to be negotiated depending on number required). Please contact The Maritime Archaeology Trust.

Secrets of the Solent

http://schools.maritimearchaeologytrust.org/

Secrets of the Solent is a Key Stage 2/3 pack available free of charge from Maritime Archaeology Trust. Although it has been designed to compliment a visit to the Sunken Secrets Exhibition it can be used as a stand alone resource of activities and lesson ideas. Themes include: What is Maritime Archaeology?, Shipwrecks and Underwater Landscapes.
The pack was reviewed positively in the Times Educational Supplement and has been given good feedback.

Creator

  • Alison Hamer

Publisher

  • Hampshire and Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology
  • Maritime Archaeology Trust

How to obtain

Contact: http://schools.maritimearchaeologytrust.org/

Maritime Archaeology Trust
Room 014/11
National Oceanography Centre
Empress Dock
Southampton
Hampshire
SO14 3ZH
England

Website

www.maritimearchaeologytrust.org

E-mail

general enquires

info@maritimearchaeologytrust.org

Telephone

Head Office

023 8059 3290

Archaeology and Reference

023 8023 7300

Underwater Archaeology Centre

01983 761214

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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