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

Raising the Kursk

Raising the Kursk

Saturday 10 July 2021

An illustrated evening talk by Mike O'Meara who was part of the British 'Salvage Planning and Negotiation Team, Phase 1'

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Dutch WEG 2021 Diving Weekend

Dutch WEG 2021 Diving Weekend

FROM Saturday 18 September 2021

TO Sunday 19 September 2021

The Dutch WEG Annual diving rally - a great social event for diving helmet enthusiasts!

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No Room for Error – The Thai Cave Rescue

No Room for Error – The Thai Cave Rescue

Saturday 2 October 2021

The extraordinary rescue of 13 young men from a cave in Thailand is related by one of the British Cave divers who participated in the mission.

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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

10.00am on Saturday 6th November 2021.

Our next Conference will be held via Zoom.
A link to join the Conference and further details will be posted here in October 2021.

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Annual General Meeting

10.30am on Sunday 7 November 2021.

This year our AGM this year will be held via Zoom.

A link to join the meeting will be provided in October.
Members who wish to access the Agenda and Reports should log in to their account, and select ‘Annual General Meeting’ from the drop down menu.

If you wish to attend the meeting please send a request for the Zoom link to ‘info@thehds.com’ no later than Saturday 6 November 2021.

Latest News

HERITAGE HEROES

HERITAGE HEROES

HDS member Gary Wallace Potter talks about the remarkable William Walker who ‘saved’ Winchester Cathedral.

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