Maritime Archaeology Trust

Currently Mike is working as the Artist in Residence for The Maritime Archaeology Trust in Southampton. ( )

Mike says , ‘For me, this is a really exciting venture, which has well and truly taken me out of my comfort zone.  I try to create an atmosphere from century old black and white pohotographic images.  I work with the archaeologists and research the vessels, and the incidents they were involved in, to achieve this.’  You can see examples of Mike’s work for the Trust on this page.

To date he has produced illustrations depicting the Mesolithic communities that lived in the area between the Isle of Wright and Hampshire prior to it being submerged by the Solent.

Though The Heritage Lottery Fund, The Maritime Archaeology Trust is contributing to The Imperial War Museum’s “Lives of the First World War Digital Memorial”.  Mike have provided illustrations of WW1 naval incidents in the coastal waters along the south coast of England – the torpedoing of the hospital ship HMHS Asturias, and its subsequent beaching at Salcombe, Devon, the collision between SS War Knight and the oil tanker O B Jennings whilst they were in convoy off Freshwater, Isle of Wright, and the loss of airship SSZ-15 approximately two miles off the coast near Exeter

HMHS Asturias was a hospital ship which foundered on the rocks at Salcombe
HMHS Asturias on the rocks at Salcombe
Collision with Oli Tanker OB Jennings
Collision with Oil Tanker OB Jennings
Airship SSZ-15
Airship lost over coast near Exeter, Devon