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Mary Rose Archive Digitisation – July

7500 Photos scannedJuly has been a very busy month on the Mary Rose Digitisation Project. At the end of the month, we reached the major milestone of 7,500 digitised images. This marks the half way point towards our Phase 1 target of 15,000 digitised images. A huge congratulations to the Collections Volunteers for their enthusiasm and support towards getting to this stage in the project!

 

Also this month, we waved a sad to say goodbye to Andrew, one of the Collections Volunteers who has finished his volunteering time with us – we wish him all the best for the future!

 

Ship Hall Visits

At the end of the month (and into early August) the Collections Volunteers had the opportunity to see behind the scenes at the Mary Rose Museum and visit the Mary Rose herself – up close.

 

Collections Volunteers in the Weston Ship Hall

 

A huge amount of work and equipment goes into providing a suitable and stable environment for the hull. In particular there are tight controls on the temperature and relative humidity. Brian Robinson (Maintenance Co-Ordinator and Museum Building Manager) talked us through the three huge air handling units that are dedicated to maintaining the necessary conditions and how they feed the conditioned air into the Ship Hall at the Museum.

 

Dr. Eleanor Schofield (Head of Conservation and Collections Care) then guided us through to the Mary Rose hull and shared some fascinating insights into a few of the challenges that go along with looking after an object on this scale. Needless to say – it is not an easy task!

 

Seeing the hull on the cradle and up close (after seeing it in the archived images we have been digitising) was a great opportunity to reflect on how far the Mary Rose has come since it was lifted on 11th October 1982. It was a great motivator for the ongoing digitisation project!

Digitisation highlights

We have a few really interesting images to share this month. The first few show how the Mary Rose was brought to Dry Dock 3 where it currently still sits within the Mary Rose Museum (and where the Collections Volunteers saw it during the Ship Hall visit):

 

The Mary Rose hull, on the lifting cradle, floating in No. 1 Basin and ready for dry docking. [MR82.8113T]

The Mary Rose hull, on the lifting cradle, floating in No. 1 Basin and ready for dry docking. [MR82.8113T]

Dry Dock No. 3 empty, before the dry docking process starts. [MR82.8162T]

Dry Dock No. 3 empty, before the dry docking process starts. The current Mary Rose Museum was built over the top of this dock.  [MR82.8162T]

Dry Dock No. 3 being filled with water. [MR82.8177T]

Dry Dock No. 3 being filled with water for the last time. [MR82.8177T]

Once the Dry Dock was flooded, the caisson was floated away and the Mary Rose, on the barge, was floated into Dry Dock No. 3. [MR82.8234T]

Once the Dry Dock was flooded, the caisson was floated away and the Mary Rose, on the barge, was floated into Dry Dock No. 3. [MR82.8234T]

View of the cradle once it was resting within the Dry Dock. In the foreground is one of the submersible pumps that had been used to spray the hull with salt water before being switched over to a freshwater system. [MR82.8270T]

View of the cradle once it was resting within the Dry Dock. In the foreground is one of the submersible pumps that had been used to spray the hull with salt water before being switched over to a freshwater system. [MR82.8270T]

Ship Hall public opening – visitors coming to see the hull of the Mary Rose. [MR83.4052T]

Ship Hall public opening – visitors coming to see the hull of the Mary Rose. [MR83.4052T]

 Post excavation, the samples recovered from the wreck site were brought to the environmental processing area for review. [MR83.0050T]


Post excavation, the samples recovered from the wreck site were brought to the environmental processing area for review. [MR83.0050T]

An example of one of the samples catalogued during the processing (MR79S0051/7) - a feather fragment. [MR84.0108T]

An example of one of the samples catalogued during the processing (MR79S0051/7) – a feather fragment. [MR84.0108T]

Mary Rose Deputy Director of Archaeology (Andrew Fielding) surveying inside the hull of the Mary Rose. [MR83.4062T]

Mary Rose Deputy Director of Archaeology (Andrew Fielding) surveying inside the hull of the Mary Rose. [MR83.4062T]

This illustration provides an impression of the underwater grid that was built over the wreck site during excavation. Note how divers used air-lifts on one side of the hull at a time depending on the direction of the current. This helped to ensure that air-lifted sediment would not fall over areas being worked on. [MR83.5010T]

This illustration provides an impression of the underwater grid that was built over the wreck site during excavation. Note how divers used air-lifts on one side of the hull at a time depending on the direction of the current. This helped to ensure that air-lifted sediment would not fall over areas being worked on. [MR83.5010T]

 The 7,500th image to be digitised, was of Dr Alexzandra Hildred (the current Head of Research at the Mary Rose Trust). In this image she is studying the x-ray of one of the swivel guns (MR82A4076). It is now on display in the Mary Rose Museum. [MR88.1015T]


The 7,500th image to be digitised, was of Dr Alexzandra Hildred (the current Head of Research at the Mary Rose Trust). In this image she is studying the x-ray of one of the swivel guns (MR82A4076). It is now on display in the Mary Rose Museum. [MR88.1015T]

Look ahead

We are still looking forward to see what other images and information the archives will offer as we continue the digitisation. Up until now, we have been digitising the 35mm slides. However, plans are now underway to prepare for the next type of photographic material we will be working on. Watch this space…

 

Alastair Miles

Collections Manager

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