The Historical Diving Society

The Historical Diving Society (the HDS) was formed in 1990 in the UK by a group of enthusiasts whose aim is to preserve and protect diving heritage. Since then the Society has grown into an international organisation with affiliated national societies across the world. Read more…

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Margaret Marks- Diver in Golden Helmet £60UNDERWATER – An exhibition in The Diving Museum

On the weekend of 18 and 19 June The Diving Museum hosted an art exhibition. The theme was ‘Underwater’.
Submissions were received from all ages and abilties – from ten year-old Lana MacKenzie to professional artists.

The variety of work was remarkable – charcoal drawings, video, textiles, prints, oils, watercolours, arcylics, found objects, photographs. The pieces were exhibited amongst the artefacts in the museum. Three judges – all artists in their own right – selected one piece for the ‘Judge’s Award’. It was presented to Kye Wilson and Helena Eflerova for their video entitled “Trimester”. Because they were so impressed by Lana Mackenzie’s entry, a special ‘Young Artist Award’ was created especially for her.

A preview was held on the evening of 17th June attended by over 50 artists and guests. During the weekend visitors to the museum were invited to vote for their favourite piece of work. The winner of the ‘People’s Choice Award’ was Pauline Boulton with her mixed media painting “Under the Sea”.

Most of the pieces were also available for sale and several pieces were sold during the exhibition. They are also available for a limited period from our webshop in the ‘Art’ category.

The event was very succesful and warmly received. It looks set to be an annual event. Due to conditions in the battery the exhibition can only be held over one weekend a year.  Next year’s date is not yet set but look out for ‘Underwater 2017’. It is sure to be another winner.


Saturday Evening Talks in the Diving Museum

EdinburghFollowing last year’s successful evening talk on the ‘Salvage of HMS Edinburgh’s Gold’, The Diving Museum will host two more evening talks this year.

On 9 May, Cdr John Bingeman will give a talk on ‘The other Solent Wrecks’. John is an amateur nautical archaeologist and was a Government historic wreck licensee for 33 years. After diving on the Mary Rose, he was given responsibility for the wrecks of Assurance (1753) and Pomone (1811) off ‘The Needles’ (1978-86). In 1980 he identified and achieved the designation for the 74-gun Invincible lying in the Eastern Solent. He was a founder member of the Nautical Archaeological Society and  is currently the Chairman of Maritime Archaeology Trust incorporating the Hampshire and Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology.

On 18 July, John Bevan and John Towse, both of whom were involved in Southsea Sub Aqua Club’s initial search for the Mary Rose will give a talk on their experiences related to the investigation and eventual discovery of Henry VIII’s warship. Their talk will also cover the diving club’s work on another famous Solent wreck, the Royal George.

On 12 September, John Dadd will give a presentation on ‘Operation Blackleg’ – the Royal Navy’s mission to salvage classified material from HMS Coventry which was a casualty of the Falklands War. His talk will cover the tragic loss of the ship; the diving training required for such a deep water exercise; and the salvage itself.

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All our evening talks are held at The Diving Museum, No. 2 Battery, Stokes Bay Road (at the western end of Stokes Bay).

Entry is £6 per head and refreshments are included.