British Science Week at the Mary Rose | The Mary Rose

British Science Week at the Mary Rose

13 Mar - 15 Mar 2020

11:00 - 15:00

Discover the science that keeps the Mary Rose collection ship shape!

The Mary Rose Trust is delighted to be partnering with Zeiss Microscopy to offer a unique insight in to the science that is used to look after our precious Tudor collection. Spending hundreds of years under the seabed protected our collection from complete loss, but the marine environment changed the materials in ways that can cause permanent damage. Salt from the seawater is found abundantly throughout the collection, alongside other elements which are found in seawater, or originate from artefacts which have corroded. There is also some damage from marine life which can consume materials such as wood and iron.

These changes need to be understood to be able to provide conservation treatments to ensure these prized artefacts are able to safely go on display. Some damage is obvious from simply looking at the material, but often changes are happening that we cannot see. This is when we need to employ techniques, such as microscopy, to give us a clearer picture of what the conservation challenges are. During science week, the team will be using a Zeiss SmartZoom optical microscope on some of the many materials that make up this unique collection. Come along and see these materials in more detail than ever before, and hear how this information, and other scientific techniques, are used to keep the collection safe for years to come.

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