Annual Conference

Saturday, 16th November 2024

Each year since 1990, the Society has held an annual conference – with the exception of 2020 due to Covid-19 restrictions. Leading pioneers and researchers give presentations and the Society’s various awards are given.

The Conference is open to all – it is not restricted to members only. Non-members are most welcome.



A night time photograph of the exterior of Subsea7's offices in Sutton, south London
A view of the interior of the building

Our Conference will be held at the headquarters of Subsea7 in Sutton, south London.

40 Brighton Road

Getting there
Trains from Victoria Station to Sutton Station; journey time approximately 35 minutes.
Subsea7 is a 10 minute walk from Sutton station.

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Please note: As of 29th August 2023, Sutton is included in the Ultra Low Emission Zone. The fee for entering the zone is £12.50 per day for cars, motorcycles and vans that are not ULEZ compliant. The fee can be paid up to 90 days in advance, or within 3 days of entering the zone.

• The Conference will be held at the offices of Subsea7 in Sutton, UK.
• Accommodation  There are several hotels and B&Bs available in the Sutton area. The organisers and speakers will be staying at The Premier Inn which has very favourable rates IF BOOKED EARLY,  The hotel is about 20 minutes walk away from Subsea7.
• There will be no formal dinner but everyone is invited to gather in the bar/dining area of the Premier Inn to socialise enjoy and evening meal. Their menu can be viewed here.


(Clicking on the image of Subsea7 will take you to the company’s website)

Address: 40 Brighton Road, Sutton SM2 5BN

BY RAIL:  Trains from Victoria Station, London to Sutton Station; journey time approximately 35 minutes.
Turn left on exiting Sutton Station. Subsea7’s offices are a 7 minute walk away on the opposite side of the road.
Parking at Subsea7:
Delegates wishing to park at Subsea7 offices at 40 Brighton Road, Sutton, London, SM2 5BN must send the following details (by Saturday 15th October) to
Driver’s name
Make and model of vehicle
Registration number
Drivers must not exceed 5mph on the ramp and in the underground car park.
Vehicles must be reversed parked.
Access to the car park is via the narrow road immediately to the left of the building.

(Clicking on the image of the Premier Inn will take you to the hotel’s website)

Premier Inn, St Nicholas Way, Sutton, London, SM1 1AT

BY RAIL: Trains from Victoria Station, London to Sutton Station; journey time approximately 35 minutes.
Turn right on exiting Sutton Station. Cross over the main road and continue north along the pedestrianised High Street. Continue along the High Street until you reach St. Nicholas Road on your left. Turn left into St Nicholas Road and right at the T-junction at the end of the road. The Premier Inn is a 5 minute walk to your right.

Parking near the Premier Inn:

There is no parking at the Premier Inn. Parking is available at Just Park, St Nicholas Centre, St Nicholas Way which is a 3-minute walk away. Discounted overnight parking (£7.50) is available for guests staying at the Premier Inn hotel. (Tickets must be validated at reception). Note: the car park is closed between midnight and 6am (or 8.30am on Sundays)

2024 Programme

Our Programme will be confirmed closer to the date at which time we will make tickets available for purchase online.

Our Speakers

Head and shoulders photograph of Michael G Welham

Diving into the Shadows – My journey as a Special Forces Diver Combat Swimmer and Royal Navy Clearance Diver
Terry Powell, DCM

Terry Powell served in the Royal Marines Commandos and The Special Boat Squadron Royal Marines (SBSRM) 1972-1998.

After successfully passing his RNCD1 course he was seconded to the RN FDG. Terry
spent 3 years as a Dive Team Leader, EOD and MIRE (WMD) Operator within FDU1
(MCT) and FDU2 inclusive of Operation Desert Shield/Storm.

He was heavily involved in, and took the lead on many UKSF/RN/USN physiological diving experiments, setting several ‘unofficial’ sub-surface endurance records.
He was awarded the USN Commendation for Bravery NEDU. He also led on the development of UKSF battle-winning diving equipment, tactics and sub-surface munitions.

He saw active service in Northern Ireland, The Falkland Islands, Afghanistan and the Kuwait Gulf War, where he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal.

He co-ordinated private sector maritime anti-piracy operations and later served within the Sultan of Oman’s Special Force for 3 years as a Commissioned Palace Officer and Senior Maritime Training and Operational Adviser.

Returning to the UK, he was recruited into an Intelligence Agency within HMG serving 10 years as an Operational Officer and Overseas Diplomat. On retirement he continued to work as a Security Consultant within the private sector.


Head and shoulders photo of Karina Kowalska

Title to be confirmed
Dr. Miranda Kaufmann

Miranda Kaufmann is an author, historian, journalist and educator, whose work has focused on Black British history. She is the author of the 2017 book Black Tudors: The Untold Story and is a senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth studies.

Her talk is about a diver of African descent who dived on the Mary Rose and possibly also on a recently discovered wreck on a shingle bank off the Isle of Wight.


Head and shoulders photograph of Bryan McGlinchy

The Diving Museum 2011–2024
Kevin Casey
Museum Director


Conference tickets: £40

Please note: we do not issue actual tickets. By purchasing tickets your name will be added to our guest list. All you need to do is introduce yourself at the reception desk on the day and we will know to expect you. 


Every year the Society presents awards to the individuals and organisations who have made a significant contribution to the furtherance of diving history knowledge.



The Society publishes the presentations given by the speakers at the Annual Conferences each year.