Maritime Archaeology Sea Trust

Maritime Archaeology Sea Trust

Charity information

Maritime Archaeology Sea Trust

We believe that to protect our nation's future we must understand our past.

We believe that this country's rich maritime heritage can provide a critical insight to our history, through the underwater archaeology resulting from thousands of years of trade, wars and alliances.

We believe that we have a chance to preserve our future, but only together with the help of the people who are forging it, by evaluating and recording our underwater archaeology.

Founded 2011

  • Mission statement

    MAST's mission is simple. It is to focus its operations on the thousands of British wrecks that lie off our coasts. These wrecks are witness to hundreds of years of trade in cargo, people and ideas. They and associated artefacts illuminate our understanding of our past, explain man's extraordinary endeavours and what is still possible.
    These wreck sites range across all periods from the some of the oldest in the world, dating from the Middle Bronze Age, to early 20th century submarines. Those that have been investigated have made great contributions to our understanding of the past. But many more have been neglected through lack of knowledge or funding. And their stories remain as yet untold: Britain's coasts are littered with the remains of ships lost in these voyages. Indeed because of this and the UK's position on the maritime approaches to Northern Europe, we have more shipwrecks per mile of coastline that any nation on earth.
    Despite the considerable contribution that our maritime past has made both to the UK as a modern nation and the multicultural nature of its people, this internationally important underwater heritage has long been the Cinderella of the nation's heritage.
    MAST exists to fill a long overdue void in our understanding of our nation's rich maritime heritage, to ensure that there is a sustainable future for such sites, through archaeology, research, study and dissemination.

  • Aims

    Maritime Archaeology Sea Trust aims to:

    • To advance the education of the public in maritime heritage, focusing in particular on maritime archaeological material including:
    • The preservation and investigation of shipwrecked vessels and of historically or otherwise valuable maritime material
    • The dissemination of the educationally useful results of such investigation to the general public.
  • Overview

    Established: February 2011

    Registered Charity Number: 1140497

    Board members: 6

    Full time staff: 2

    Phone number: 07768 080105

    Address: 22 Wycombe End, Beaconsfield HP9 1NB

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