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

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!

Make a Donation

As a charity we rely entirely on the generosity of private individuals and organisations in order to flourish. As we are all volunteers, every penny we receive is invested in the Historical Diving Society and Diving Museum, so even the smallest amount is gratefully received.

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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

Stoney Cove 2024

Stoney Cove 2024

In a day that saw every season, we enjoyed another successful weekend of standard diving at Stoney Cove. We are indebted to Sandy, Jean Pierre and Thomas from the Dutch Historical Diving Society who brought their diving equipment and generously shared it with our...

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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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