08.06.2016 - Culture Sector

The world of the underwater cultural heritage has lost one of its pioneering advocates

In February 2016, the world of the underwater cultural heritage lost one of its major advocates. Angela Croome was a dedicated woman and known to many as a pioneering woman, she was determined to her career, and worked resolutely to promote the field of underwater archaeology.

Angela collaborated with many underwater archaeologists, including Honor Frost, one of the pioneers of underwater archaeology. She was responsible for editing Honor Frost’s UNESCO volume, Underwater Archaeology a Nascent Discipline. Even in her senior years, after a lifetime of achievements, Angela continued to collaborate with UNESCO, sitting on sub-committees during the drafting of the 2001 Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage.

It was as a science journalist that Angela became interested in underwater archaeology. In her later years, when she became deputy editor of the Journal of Nautical Archaeology (IJNA), she played a key role campaigning the recognition and safeguarding of the maritime heritage.  She wrote that “Archaeology is indivisible, and the same standards and constraints apply whether a site or an excavation lies on hand, or underwater, of half-half as with port and harbour works.”  At the time, as legislation was passed to protect ship wrecks, this became the accepted definition for the protection of maritime heritage.


Angela Croome, born February 22 1925, died February 17 2016.

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