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Mary Rose Archaeological Services

Mary Rose Archaeological Services Ltd [MRAS] is a contracting company wholly owned by the Mary Rose Trust. The Trust has 30 years of unrivalled expertise in the conservation of waterlogged organic artefacts.

About Mary Rose Archaeological Services Ltd

Today MRAS has access to more maritime archaeological conservation capacity than any other facility in Europe if not the world. We can now make these facilities available fulfilling our responsibility as the leading UK museum for maritime archaeology and conservation [UKMCS]. As a result of our research with maritime museums and Universities around the world, MRAS can offer the archaeological community the latest organic waterlogged wood conservation technology.

Over the last 35 years we have acquired unrivalled experience conserving the Mary Rose hull and the associated 19,000 artefacts recovered from the Solent. The creation of an extraordinary new Mary Rose Museum has required the coordination of a wide range of disciplines. Today we can add the experience gained from planning, funding and project managing a new world class museum. All the preparations for display, the design of the showcases, preparation of panel and caption copy, interactive and audio visual displays and mount making, all planned and executed in-house. This expertise is all now accessible through MRAS.

Archaeological services
We can provide the following services;
  • Conservation of waterlogged organic wood including vacuum freeze and controlled air drying
  • Management and stabilization of maritime archaeological sites
  • Recovery and transportation of maritime archaeology
  • Archaeological recording and laboratory condition assessment
  • Advice on funding and legal status of maritime archaeology
  • Environmentally controlled packing and storage for archaeological artefacts
  • Preparation for display and mount making
  • Teaching, lifelong learning, CPD and outreach.
Peg Spray
Repairs being carried out to the airlifts on board the Diving Support Vessel, Sleipner [MR81.5446T]
Past projects
Mary Rose Archaeological Services are currently working on a number of projects, including;
  • Newport, Medieval trading ship 
  • Fiskerton Iron Age logboat 
  • Roman well casing, Wickford Essex
  • HMS Stirling Castle gun and carriage [1703] 
  • The Bell of HMS Hood (National Museum of the Royal Navy)

Mary Rose Archaeological Services Enquiry

Contact us using the below form or write to: Mary Rose Archaeological Services Ltd, College Road, HM, Naval Base, Portsmouth, PO1 3LX, UK. Or phone Dr Eleanor Schofield or David Pearson on +44 [0]23 9275 0521

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