Annabel Lawrence

Annabel LawrenceAnnabel did her first try dive in 1984 off Chesil beach and decided there and then to pursue a career involving diving. As a student at the University of St Andrews Annabel dived around the Scottish coast and became involved in the first Sound of Mull Archaeological Project in 1994.  Following graduation from St Andrews she trained as a commercial diver and joined the Archaeological Diving Unit (ADU) as a professional maritime archaeologist in 1995.  From 1995- 2002 Annabel carried out dives on many of the UK’s designated historic wreck sites, in addition to numerous other non-designated wreck sites throughout UK Territorial Waters. During this time Annabel became involved in many underwater archaeological projects including the excavation of the remains of the HMS Pandora led by the Tropical Queensland Museum.

Following the National Heritage 2002 Annabel moved to English Heritage to become part of the Maritime Archaeology team responsible for implementing English Heritage’s initial policy for the management of maritime archaeology in England: Taking to the Water.

In 2005 Annabel, decided to take all their joint diving experience and apply it to the recreational diving market.  As the owner of Lochaline Dive Centre, Annabel gave recreational divers the opportunity to dive on some of the best wrecks in the UK. Between 2004- 2016 Annabel carried out many diving expeditions recording the historic assets on the seabed in the Sound of Mull, SOMAP ( The Sound of Mull Archaeological Project) most recently recorded the remains of a crashed Mark II Short Sunderland.

Annabel is now Module Leader on the International Marine and Coastal Tourism course.