Welcome to the

Historical Diving Society

The Home of Diving History

International Network of Societies

Extensive Events Programme

Nationally Accredited 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 and dinner

Artefact and data source for TV and film industry

Friendly, active special interest groups

Genealogical data base of helmet divers

2020 Events Calendar

2020 Events Calendar

FROM Wednesday 1 January 2020

TO Thursday 31 December 2020

We are currently planning our events for 2020. Book meetings, working equipment group rallies, talks and social events will all be listed as they are confirmed.

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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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2020 Annual Conference and Dinner

Date to be confirmed

Our Annual Conference and dinner is open to members and non-members alike. It is an immensely enjoyable social occasion wrapped around a programme of talks on a variety of aspects of diving history delivered by experts from the UK and abroad.

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