Relaxing between dives

The Elizabethan wreck team is a volunteer group; none of the divers or specialists receive salaries or fees. People join the project because they enjoy the challenge and the satisfaction that comes from being part of a mixed group of motivated people working on a project of outstanding archaeological importance that illuminates one of the most exciting periods in English history.

The team at work in the Alderney Museum


Diving is actually the smallest part of our activity, the main work is done on land. Modern excavation requires a range of technical, scientific and academic skills, for which reason all divers are required to carry out duties in other areas. Before or after the dive, divers must be prepared to work on boat and engine maintenance, tank compression, documentation, data-entry, artefact care, etc.

The Trust is always looking for volunteer divers who can also serve as:

  • Mechanics
  • Electricians
  • Plumbers
  • Computer specialists
  • Surveyors
  • Draughtsmen/illustrators
  • Photographers
  • Welders

Non-diving staff

There are also a number of positions for non-diving staff who can work in the following areas:

  • Boat handling
  • Technical drawing/illustration
  • Conservation
  • Documentation
  • Data-entry
  • Data-base management
  • Artefact care
  • General excavation administration

With documentation and artefact management, training may be given.

Photographer (non-diver)

The Trust is in need of a non-diving photographer skilled in object-photography and the use of lights, to begin a new digital record of the entire wreck collection.

Educational displays and web-based learning for schools

The Trust is also looking for a volunteer (preferably a teacher familiar with history curricula) who has experience of web-based educational programmes for schools. It is an objective of the Trust to present its work and findings in a way that will appeal to the young and be useful to teachers focusing on the Tudor or Elizabethan periods.

Travel and accommodation

The Trust will try to arrange accommodation, but people must book their own travel and take care of their own eating arrangements while on the island. Divers must be in good health, bring all their kit, be fully insured and be paid-up members of a recognised diving organisation. Tanks, weights and other personal dive gear will be carried by ferry to Alderney from Weymouth free of charge shortly before the season begins, and be returned to Weymouth soon after the season ends.

People interested in joining the project should write to Mensun Bound, St Peter’s College, New Inn Hall St, Oxford OX1 2DL or email Mensun Bound direct at Please include a CV with full contact details (and two self-addressed stamped envelopes if applying by post). Applicants are considered in groups once every few weeks, so delays should be expected.