Where the arts meet science: keeping the Mary Rose ship-shape!

14 Mar - 14 Mar 2019

18:00 - 19:30

A talk at the Aspex Gallery

Come along to a special talk by Professor Eleanor Schofield, Head of Conservation & Collections Care at the Mary Rose Trust and a Professor at the University of Kent.

The Mary Rose was one of Henry VIII’s most treasured possessions, so it was with horror that he watched as it sank in 1545 off the coast of Portsmouth. The wreck remained lost in the Solent for over 400 years until its eventual excavation in 1982, an event watched by millions worldwide. The remains of the wreck, a staggering find on its own, is accompanied by over 19,000 artefacts depicting the life of the men on board, making this one of the most unique and precious maritime discoveries of all time.

Science, engineering and technology have played a critical role in the story of the Mary Rose, from the initial excavation to the conservation of the items, to the interpretation, which is so crucial in telling the story of the people on board this famous ship. The huge collection boasts a wide range of artefacts in terms of size and the material they are made from. Alongside this, the materials have experienced different damage due to how they were buried and the impact of the marine environment. In this talk, you will get a glimpse behind the scenes at the crucial scientific work that takes place to understand, and ultimately care for and protect this prized collection.

This event is organised in collaboration between the British Science Association Portsmouth and Isle of Wight Branch, The Mary Rose Trust and Aspex Gallery for British Science Week 2019.


Aspex gallery, Vulcan Building, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth PO1 3BF