Volunteering can be a rewarding experience, both in terms of what you can give back and what you can gain. Whether you are looking to boost your CV, get back into work, meet new people, learn some new skills, contribute knowledge or just have some fun, volunteering with the Maritime Archaeology Trust can be an exciting and worthwhile adventure.
The MAT values highly the contribution of volunteers, and we want to make sure you get the most out of your experiences with us. We will be running regular training and social events and will be able to reimburse travel and subsistence costs. Volunteers will also be able to get 15% discount at Cotswolds Outdoors and free entry to our Isle of Wight exhibition, Sunken Secrets (by prior arrangement).
We also have a newsletter through which you can keep up to date with volunteering opportunities and the activities of the MAT. You can sign up to it here.
What can you do?
Fieldwork and Post-Fieldwork: Enjoy being out in the open air? Don’t mind a little mud? Why not join our intertidal and terrestrial fieldwork team and take part in fieldwalking, survey and excavation to identify and investigate archaeological sites. We also need volunteers to help with post-fieldwork processing and finds recording.
Diving: With so much of the maritime history lying on the seabed, we’re in need of volunteer divers to assist in their investigation. Cold water diving experience essential. Please get in touch to discuss further requirements.
Research: We will be researching the stories of numerous shipwrecks and their crews. If you are interested in visiting archives and learning the skills to conduct historical research on a range of subjects, join us as part of our research team.
Education and Outreach: Want to share your passion for heritage and archaeology? We’re looking for enthusiastic people to be part of our outreach team and take part in school and public events promoting and sharing our heritage.
Tech Team: If you are interested in building and maintaining our mini-ROVs, mini-Airlifts, and mini-Sonar, helping to maintain the website, creating 3D models or creating digital games, there are opportunities to put your skills to the test.
Media Team: Have an interest in film, photography or audio? You can get involved with producing short films, talking newspaper articles and podcasts.
Resource Production: We will be creating a variety of resources as part of the Forgotten Wrecks project, including display boards, online resources, geocaches, teachers’ packs and research packs. If you like getting creative, get in touch.
Could you be a Micro-volunteer?
Even if you only have a couple of hours to spare you could still help with one of micro-volunteering opportunities.
Top micro-volunteering opportunities:
- Summarise the content of a historical document (digital image provided) 1-2 hours
- Google search for a specific ship (MS Word form and guidance notes provided) 1-2 hours
- Critique educational materials prior to printing (digital document provided) 1-2 hours
- Add crew names to the Imperial War Museum’s digital memorial (internet connection needed, login provided) 1-2 hours
This is ideal for corporate volunteering or just to fill some free time.
How to get involved
If you're interested in volunteering, please contact:
Jasmine at jns@ maritimearchaeologytrust.org
Helen at helen.wallbridge@ maritimearchaeologytrust.org
or call us on 023 80 237 300