Lannacombe, South Devon

About Us

Aims of the Conference

The International Shipwreck Conference is run by wreck enthusiasts for enthusiasts. Our aim is to provide a meeting place for divers, explorers, archaeologists and salvors as well as government and commercial organisations. The organisers are all divers with interests in maritime archaeology and history and the varied nature of the speakers reflects this - a conference can include a world renowned archaeologist alongside a treasure hunter, followed by a diver working on a local project.

This conference provides high quality speakers for considerably less cost than other conferences. This conference is not just for academics.  This is the only regular conference of its kind in the UK and one of the few in the world where archaeologists and salvors can meet.

We aim to provide the conference at the lowest cost.  To keep prices down :

Each year the conference is expanded to include new features and it gets bigger each year. 


Conference Location

Lecture Theatre 1 Roland Levinsky Building Plymouth University, Cobourg St, Plymouth 
PL4 8AY 

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Lunch will be available in the Roland Levinsky Building Café    (Located on the floor above the conference theatre)

If you require a hotel the “Crowne Plaza” will give you a discounted rate. Just quote "IMA".
The rate is only available if booked by 10th january 2018.

The hotel can be contacted at:




The city has good road and rail links to the rest of the UK :


To Plymouth by road
The A38 Devon Expressway to Plymouth is a fast and direct link to the motorway network via Exeter (M5). London to Plymouth by road will take about three and a half hours. There are good coach services from most major cities to Plymouth. Follow road signs to the city centre until you are at the Charles Cross roundabout, this has a bombed out church in the middle. Take the third exit and turn immediately left up behind the Police Station. At the end of the road turn left and left again into the multi-storey car park (have plenty of pound coins ready for the ticket machine).


To Plymouth by rail
Intercity high-speed trains run from Paddington to Plymouth, via Exeter and Newton Abbot. The taxi ride from the station to the conference centre takes about 5 minutes.



Poster Stands

Trade stands are welcome at no charge, but please let us know in advance so we can allocate space.



The Conference started many years ago as the NAS South-West Region annual conference.   Since then it expanded and became the UK National Shipwreck Conference and has now become International since we have so many international speakers.

Would You Like to Speak at Next Year's Conference ?

Do you have an interesting story to tell or a paper to present on one of our favorite subjects ?

Anyone with a good story is welcome to speak at the Conference, just send an email to the organisers saying who you are and what you would like to present.