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Mary Rose – Archive Digitisation – March 2017

Mary Rose – Archive Digitisation – March 2017

Now that the Digitisation Project is fully underway, the Collections Volunteers have done an incredible job in preparing, cleaning and scanning over 1,000 of the original 35mm slides that are held in the Mary Rose Trust archive!  It has only taken them 4 weeks to do this which is an amazing effort!

 

In March we also gave the Collections Volunteer Team the opportunity to have a sneak peek at our Conservation facilities.

 

Mary Rose Conservation

One of several freeze dryers used at the Chain Test House to stabilise wooden artefacts after treatment through a process called sublimation that removes excess moisture from the wood.

One of several freeze dryers used at the Chain Test House to stabilise wooden artefacts after treatment through a process called sublimation that removes excess moisture from the wood.

David Pearson, the Conservation Manager at the Mary Rose Trust, gave the team a behind the scenes tour of the Chain Test House, where a lot of the large scale conservation work on artefacts takes place.  We saw artefacts before and after conservation, as well as artefacts actively undergoing treatment.  It was particularly interesting to see inside one of the large freeze dryers used during the latter stages of stabilising wooden artefacts for display and/or storage.

One of the large tanks currently housing an anchor recovered from the Mary Rose in a sodium sesquicarbonate solution. This solution helps to passivate the corrosion of the metal.

One of the large tanks currently housing an anchor recovered from the Mary Rose in a sodium sesquicarbonate solution. This solution helps to passivate the corrosion of the metal.

 

Digitisation Highlights

As you can imagine, 1,000 images is a huge amount of information to cover.  However, we have picked five images here as “highlights” from the material we have been working on.  There will be much more to follow over the coming months!

 

Diver using an airlift to remove silt from the trench during the excavations [MR80.0039T]

Diver using an airlift to remove silt from the trench during the excavations [MR80.0039T]

Diver surveys carling (part of the ship structure) [MR80.0050T]

Diver surveys carling (part of the ship structure) [MR80.0050T]

During-excavation, the ends of two longbows protrude from the silts [80.0119T]

During-excavation, the ends of two longbows protrude from the silts [80.0119T]

At 9:55am on 14th April 1979, the salvage vessel Sleipner leaves harbour to take up station for the first time [80.0411T]

At 9:55am on 14th April 1979, the salvage vessel Sleipner leaves harbour to take up station for the first time [80.0411T]

The 500th image to be digitised shows one of the swivel guns being raised [80.0940T]

The 500th image to be digitised shows one of the swivel guns being raised [80.0940T]

Looking ahead

100 images scanned!

With 1,000 of the 35mm slides now digitised, we are a big step closer to reaching the 15,000 target and are looking forward to seeing what other images we come across.  The images will continue to offer a unique insight into the incredible maritime excavation and conservation project that is the Mary Rose – so here’s to the next 1,000!

 

Alastair Miles

Collections Manager

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