Welcome to the

Historical Diving Society

The Home of Diving History

International Network of Societies

Extensive Events Programme

Accredited Diving Museum

Promoting and Preserving Our Diving Heritage

Welcome to the

Historical Diving Society

Our members come from a wide range of backgrounds with a shared passion for exploring, preserving and recording our diving heritage. Our members are encouraged to meet and exchange information through our various functions and activities. Our specialist interest groups include film and book groups and we have an active ‘Working Equipment Group’ which maintains and demonstrates vintage diving equipment. We maintain close relations with our international Societies and enjoy regular exchange visits. The Society publishes a journal, magazine, facsimiles and newsletters and has an extensive reference library. We also have the only museum in the UK which is dedicated solely to diving.

The world’s first Historical Diving Society

Visits to historical diving sites in the UK and abroad

Museum and reference library

Working equipment displays

Annual conference

Artefact and data source for TV and film industry

Friendly, active special interest groups

Genealogical data base of helmet divers

Check and Test Day for Members

Check and Test Day for Members

FROM Saturday 27 April 2024

TO Saturday 27 April 2024

Our 2024 pre-season Check and Test day for members only at Cromhall Quarry

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International Classic Diver Meeting, Hamburg

International Classic Diver Meeting, Hamburg

FROM Friday 14 June 2024

TO Sunday 16 June 2024

International Classic Diver Meeting in Hamburg, Germany.

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Try Dives for Non Members

Try Dives for Non Members

FROM Saturday 6 July 2024

TO Saturday 6 July 2024

Experience a dive in vintage Standard Dress at Cromhall Quarry, Gloucestershire.

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Join Us

Being a member of the Society not only introduces you to other like-minded individuals but also rewards you with exclusive offers and discounts to selected events and goods. Our e-newsletter, Rope Signals, will also keep you right up to date with our news and events. We look forward to welcoming you to the HDS family!
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Annual Conference

9.00am on Saturday 16th November 2024.

Our conference will be held at Subsea7 in Sutton on Saturday 16th November.

Full details can be found here

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Annual General Meeting

Date to be confirmed

 

 

 

Latest News

A New Award for the Society

A New Award for the Society

We are delighted to announce that the Diving Museum of the Historical Diving Society has received a prestigious award from the Association of Diving Contractors (ADC). The award was announced on the 29th November 2023, at the AGM of the Association of Diving...

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Another successful WEG event in Liverpool

Another successful WEG event in Liverpool

On Saturday 12th August 2023, the Working Equipment Group were in Liverpool at the invitation of Hughes Subsea Services to dip their colleagues in Standard Dress. Our Working Equipment Group Officer, Ty Burton was assisted by other members of the HDS and staff from...

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