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Mary Rose Archive Digitisation – June

5,500 Digitisation ThermometerBy the end of June, the Mary Rose Trust Collections Volunteers had digitised 5,651 of the 35mm slides held in the archive. Looking back it’s incredible at just how much progress has been made since the team started on this digitisation project in February. We are over 1/3 of the way towards the target of 15,000 digitised images by March 2018!

 

This month we were sad to say goodbye to Ruby, who is exploring exciting opportunities to develop her experience by volunteering in other museum collections. We were also sad (and a little bit jealous) saying bye to Imogen who is going on an incredible archaeological dig in Greece! Thanks to both for their much appreciated contribution to the project so far!

 

Digitisation highlights

The digitisation continues to bring up some really interesting images and stories about the work during the excavations and the artefacts that were recovered. This month, we digitised many of the images taken during 1982, the year the Mary Rose was raised. Below is a selection of some of these images:

 

The Sleipner on station over the wreck site of the Mary Rose. [MR80.0639T]

The Sleipner on station over the wreck site of the Mary Rose. [MR80.0639T]

An ornately carved knife sheath (81A2937) that has been decorated with the image of a two-headed eagle and a lion. [MR82.0292T]

An ornately carved knife sheath (81A2937) that has been decorated with the image of a two-headed eagle and a lion. [MR82.0292T]

The still-shawm (MR80A0545 - centre) was a wind-instrument recovered from the Upper Deck of the Mary Rose within a wooden storage case. [MR82.0333T]

The still-shawm (MR80A0545 – centre) was a wind-instrument recovered from the Upper Deck of the Mary Rose within a wooden storage case. [MR82.0333T]

The underwater lifting frame manufactured by Babcock Power Ltd. [MR82.6035T]

The underwater lifting frame manufactured by Babcock Power Ltd. [MR82.6035T]

The Mary Rose structure (foreground) and underwater lifting frame (background). [MR82.6042T]

The Mary Rose structure (foreground) and underwater lifting frame (background). [MR82.6042T]

Diver fixing a shackle to the internal lifting strop ahead of the lifting of the Hull. [MR82.6183T]

Diver fixing a shackle to the internal lifting strop ahead of the lifting of the Hull. [MR82.6183T]

The Wimpey barge ‘GW73’, with the underwater lifting frame attached, being towed onto site by the ‘Peter James’. [MR82.6601T]

The Wimpey barge ‘GW73’, with the underwater lifting frame attached, being towed onto site by the ‘Peter James’. [MR82.6601T]

The Wimpey barge ‘GW92’, with the empty cradle on top, being pushed along by the tug boat ‘Sun’. [MR82.7359T]

The Wimpey barge ‘GW92’, with the empty cradle on top, being pushed along by the tug boat ‘Sun’. [MR82.7359T]

The view of the lifting operation from Southsea Castle, where Henry VIII had watched the Mary Rose sink over 400 years prior. [MR82.7394T]

The view of the lifting operation from Southsea Castle, where Henry VIII had watched the Mary Rose sink over 400 years prior. [MR82.7394T]

View of the deck of Tog Mor deck with the empty cradle on the barge in the background. [MR82.7394T]

View of the deck of Tog Mor deck with the empty cradle on the barge in the background. [MR82.7394T]

There are many more exciting and interesting images to be shared over the coming months and in the run up to the 35th Anniversary of the raising.

 

Alastair Miles
Collections Manager

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