Last month marked the 70th anniversary of the first dive made by Honor Frost (1917-2010): down a well in a garden in Wimbledon. Despite the freezing water, she was immediate hooked on diving, and soon underwent training on the wreck of a Roman ship in the south of France.
This led to dives across the Mediterranean, developing techniques for underwater excavation and becoming a pioneer in the field of maritime archaeology – a rare female figure in a field vastly dominated by men at the time.
Talking about her legacy, Alison Cathie, Chair of the Honor Frost Foundation Board of Trustees, said: ‘As early as 1958, she took part in the first excavation of a 13th-century BC Bronze Age shipwreck. Her exquisite drawings, meticulous attention to detail, and her brilliant professionalism soon established her reputation.’
You can read more about the life and legacy of Honor Frost in The Past's sister magazine Minerva.