Mary Rose Archaeological Services Ltd
Who are we?
Mary Rose Archaeological Services Ltd (MRAS) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Mary Rose Trust. The purpose of the company is to make available to the archaeological community the facilities and experience gained by the Trust.
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.
- 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.
- Log Ladder, Bognor Regis (for UCL South East Archaeology)
- Well Template, Melmerry, Selsey Peninsula (for UCL South East Archaeology)
- Wootton Creek boat, Isle of Wight (for Hampshire and Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology)
- The Bell of HMS Hood (National Museum of the Royal Navy)
- Fiskerton Iron Age logboat (external link)
- Gormanston County Meath, Early Bronze Age Logboat (external link)
- Roman well casing, Wickford Essex
- Dover Bronze Age Boat (external link)
- Mill Timbers, Anglo Saxon Hereford
- Guernsey, Romano-Gallo ship [Asterix] (external link)
- Graveney, Anglo Saxon clinker boat (external link)
- Holmes-next-the-Sea, Bronze Age timber ritual structure [Seahenge] (external link)
- Ancient Greek trading ship,Gela Sicily
- Newport, Medieval trading ship (external link)
- HMS Colossus stern carving 
- HMS Stirling Castle gun and carriage  (external link)
- HMS Victory (1737) two bronze guns (external link)
- HMS Victory Sail and Jeer Capstan  (external link)
- HMS Warrior consultation  (external link)
For further information on our services, get in touch!