Maritime Archaeology Trust

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Room 014/11 National Oceanography Centre Empress Dock
SO14 3ZH

  • Head Office: 023 8059 3290
  • Archaeology and Reference: 023 8023 7300
  • Underwater Archaeology Centre: 01983 761214

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.

Further information

Opening Hours:

Sunken Secrets, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight. Seasonal opening, March to October. Please check Sunken Secrets Website:


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Facilities and services


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Children's play area
  • Education facilities available
  • Gardens open to public
  • Parking for coaches
  • Parking for disabled available
  • Picnic area
  • Shop
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Wheelchair access to all public areas


  • Academic publications and resources available
  • Activities for pre-school children
  • Adult lectures and courses held
  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • Direct teaching services for schools
  • Events and resources for children and families
  • Events/teaching/resources for people with disabilities
  • Large print information and/or interpretation
  • Member of staff available with responsibility for education
  • Pre-booking service for groups
  • Primary school education service available
  • Printed/audio-visual information available for schools
  • Public access available to collections information
  • Secondary school education service available
  • Specialist publications on collections available
  • Teaching/resources available for HE/FE students
  • Touch exhibits

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