Maritime Affairs Group


The group provides a forum for practicing maritime archaeologists and advises CIfA Advisory Council on issues relevant to underwater sites, intertidal and nautical archaeology.
MAG aims to

  • promote the advancement of maritime archaeological practice and individual professional development
  • promote greater understanding of maritime archaeology within the wider archaeological community through the publication of technical papers and guidance documents
  • organise seminars and conferences to act as a forum for the development and maintenance of good practice in matters relating to maritime archaeology

Join the Group

Membership of the group is open to anyone involved with maritime archaeology. It is free for CIfA members, non-members need to pay a £10 yearly fee.

For further details please contact the CIfA office at

Tel: 0118 378 6446



Katy Bell, Acting Chair
Mark Dunkley, Hon. Secretary
Ed Salter, Hon. Treasurer
Toby Gane
John McCarthy
Victoria Cooper
Peter Campbell
Robert Mackintosh
Terence Newman

Advisor/group representative: Michael Walsh


Annual General Meeting

Notice is given of the 2016 Annual General Meeting which will be held on Monday 18 July at the Platform Tavern in Southampton. All members are invited to attend. As space is limited it would be appreciated if anyone planning to attend could RSVP to Katy Bell at K.Bell.12 [at] The agenda is here and minutes from the last AGM can be found below under 'AGM minutes'.

This year several committee positions are up for election as some committee members have come to the end of their first elected term. Thanks go to all who have taken time out of their busy lives for the last three years to run the group and it is good news that some are hoping to remain on the committee. Standing down completely are Mark Dunkley and Ed Salter who have been Secretary and Treasurer respectively and Peter Campbell and John McCarthy are stepping down as general committee members.

There will be an election to find the following - Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and four general committee members. If you would like to stand for the committee please complete a MAG committee nomination form 2016 which must be returned to Anna Welch by Friday 8 July 2016 via email anna.welch [at] or by post to Chartered Institute for Archaeologists, Miller Building, University of Reading, Reading, RG6 6AB.

The committee would be delighted to see you at the AGM and the Platform Tavern serves good food and brews their own beer so it should also be a social occasion to meet new and old committee members and find out more about what the group has been involved in over the past year.

For further details of our forthcoming events and links to items relevant to Maritime Archaeology visit the MAG blog site or website

Business plan

Business plan 2014-2017

MAG Bulletin

MAG published a bi-annual bulletin which contains news and updates from the world of underwater, maritime and nautical archaeology.

AGM Minutes

AGM Minutes June 2015
AGM Minutes April 2014
AGM Minutes April 2013


'Slipping Through the Net': Marine Archaeological Archives in Policy and Practice

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Maritime archaeological archives currently face a bleak future. There are few, if any, public repositories with the remit or capacity to collect from the marine zone, a lack of clarity over roles and responsibilities and a tendency for those collections which are not split or sold to remain uncurated and inaccessible. IfA Maritime Affairs Group have produced 'Slipping Through the Net: Marine Archaeological Archives in Policy and Practice' (Ransley & Satchell) which examines the current state of maritime archives and highlights principle issues which must be addressed to ensure a more positive future.

Following a seminar in December 'Slipping Through the Net' was put out to consultation. This version of the document includes revisions following consulatation. Additionally responses have been used to help formulate a future strategy document 'Tightening the Net', which will be available here in the near future.

Download 'Slipping Through the Net'

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