The IMASS Committee manages a fund that supports continuing education in the field of maritime research, by promoting seminars and courses associated with our annual Shipwreck Conference. The fund was set up in memory of two former members, called the ‘Roy Davis and Neville Oldham Memorial Fund’.




2018 – Cannon Workshop

This short course will introduce you to the subject of historic artillery (before 1820). The aim is to give participants a basic understanding of artillery so that they can acquire the relevant information from a barrel and do a basic identification as to type, size, origin and dating.

It will be in two parts
The first part will consist of a number of short talks, covering:
Recording and photographing cannon
Materials – wrought iron, bronze and cast iron (and those made of more than one material – composite guns)
Basic types – muzzle-loading, breech loading; cannons, mortars howitzers & carronades
A guide to measurements and sizes
A guide to dating from the 15th century to the early 19th century
There will be hand-outs and basic bibliographies available for participants.

Part two will be a cannon road show.
Participants are encouraged to bring pictures, drawings, measurements etc and we will do our best to answer their queries – bring your pictures, either hard copy or on a memory stick, and be prepared to show all!

Lecturers will be:
Ruth Brown – with over 30 years experience, Ruth specialises in artillery from about 1600 to 1820.
Kay Smith has over 30 years experience and specialises in artillery before 1600 and in the history and development of black powder

2019 – Development Of Ships Anchors

Everything you always wanted to know about the development of ship’s anchors
A guide to anchor development, identification and recording

This short course will introduce you to the subject of anchor development, from prehistoric stone anchors to the more common anchors in use today. The aim of the course is to give participants a basic understanding of anchor development so that they can acquire the relevant information to do a basic identification and estimate origin and date.

The course will be in two parts:
The first part will consist of a number of short talks, covering:
The history and development of anchors
Anchor Identification
Recording and photographing anchors
Materials – stone, lead, and iron
Basic types –round crown, long shanks, stockless
A guide to measurements and sizes
A guide to dating

There will be hand-outs and basic bibliographies available for participants.

The second part will be an anchor roadshow.
Participants are encouraged to bring pictures, drawings, measurements of anchors and we will do our best to answer their queries – bring your pictures, either hard copy or on a memory stick, and be prepared to show all!

The SHIPS Project will have a small anchor exhibition at Ocean Studios in the sitting area of the café on the ground floor, there will be several anchor examples on display as well as a short history and a narrative on anchor symbolism.