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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The Eagle Has Landed!

The Eagle Has Landed!

Thursday 10th August 2023.The Diving Museum, Stokes Bay, Gosport. We are excited to announce that after 2 years in the planning, and thanks to the generosity of Subsea7, the Subsea7 DSV Eagle diving bell finally found its way to the Diving Museum. It was delivered in...

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Commemorating Cdr. Lionel ‘Buster’ Crabb

On 28 January 2023, on what would have been Commander Lionel 'Buster' Crabb's 114th Birthday, a small celebration was held at Durrants Cottage in Rowlands Castle where Crabb lived with for a short time with his wife Margaret in the last few years before his famous...

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Peter Kreeft dives again!

Peter Kreeft dives again!

In 2018, Franz Rothbrust of Historische Tauchergesellschaft e.V. (HDS Germany) gave a lecture at our Conference on a project to reconstruct a Kreeft diving suit. (A transcript can be found in our 2018 Conference Proceedings.) Around 1799/1800 Peter Kreeft lost a ship...

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Subsea to Summit – 3 days on Snowdon

Subsea to Summit – 3 days on Snowdon

Having successfully climbed Ben Nevis in Standard Dress two years ago, the Working Equipment Group repeated the challenge on Mount Snowdon, the highest point in Wales.  This year the team were raising funds not only for the Society but also for a little girl in Wales...

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VERNON MONUMENT DEDICATION

VERNON MONUMENT DEDICATION

On 15th July, under a cloudless blue sky, a ceremony was held at Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth to dedicate the Vernon Monument. Gunwharf Quays occupies the former location of HMS Vernon, the home of clearance diving for almost 75 years. The monument, a life-size...

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Reg Vallintine, 1930–2022

Reg Vallintine, 1930–2022

It is with enormous sadness that we announce the death of Reg Vallintine who died on Saturday 25 June. Reg was an Honorary Vice President and founder member of the Society with a personal history of outstanding achievements in the early days of sport diving in...

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