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NEXT LECTURE - 5th DECEMBER 2016


Monday 5th December 2016

HMS COLOSSUS - CATCHING THE DRIFT

Kevin Camidge

In 1798 HMS Colossus, with a crew of 600, in charge of a convoy following Nelson’s victory at the battle of the Nile, anchored in St Mary’s Roads (Isles of Scilly) to ride out a storm. However her anchors did not hold and she was driven ashore. The talk will cover Kevin’s 15 years of work on thewreck, from rediscovery in 2001 by holiday divers, through four excavations and five surveys.  Following a career in land archaeology, first in York and later in Lincolnshire, Kevin retired to Cornwall in 1987. He took up diving, became involved in marine archaeology, and is now nominated archaeologist for Colossus and several other protected wrecks.


Our lectures are held at 7:00 pm in the Devonport Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building, Plymouth University. PDAS members and University staff and students (with ID) are admitted free. Visitors are very welcome but are asked to contribute £4. Our lecture theatre facilities will be provided by Peninsula Arts with Plymouth University. We thank them for their support.

Links:  Campus Map    See map section g4, Portland Square Building section A.

           Winter Lecture Programme

          

Plymouth & District Archaeological Society (PDAS) consists mainly of amateur members with an enthusiastic interest in a wide range of archaeological disciplines. We wish to share our enthusiasm for archaeology in general and provide better knowledge and support for the abundant local sites in our area.

Visitors are invited to attend any of our regular meetings (coach trips require pre-booking) and we hope you will be tempted to become a full member. PDAS is open to all to apply for membership (membership information).

P.D.A.S. organise monthly winter lectures by invited guest speakers (winter programme). The summer programme consists of visits to local sites of interest. These are usually guided by experts with local knowledge of the site concerned (summer programme). The summer programme is augmented by coach trips to sites a little further afield. These are usually day trips but can occasionally involve a weekend away.

We also organise workshops to benefit those with a practical interest in archaeology. In the past these have included - surveying for archaeologists, geophysics and pollen analysis (archaeology workshops).


Any damage or threats to archaeological sites should be reported urgently to either The City Archaeologist based in the Planning Dept (01752 305433) or the City Museum (01752 304774). Archaeological finds should be reported to the City Museum.