Mary Rose – Archive Digitisation – May 2017
As the start of June marks Volunteers’ Week, it is a good opportunity to look back on just how far the Digitisation project has come. Some incredible progress was made by the Collections Volunteer team in May – their collective efforts mean that 3,927 slides had been digitised by the end of May! It is easy to see the progress made against our ambitions 15,000 images target on the digitisation “thermometer” and we are looking forward to even more images being digitised over the coming months.
However, we were sad to say goodbye to Jade, one of our Volunteer team, who recently completed her University course and is now going onto seek exciting new opportunities back home. She wrote about her time as a Collections Volunteer in her own blog and picked out a couple of her favourite images from her time with us.
A selection of highlights from some of the most recently digitised images is included below. There are some really interesting shots of the divers working underwater and the excavations.
Diver looking at bronze gun (81A1423) underwater – this gun is now on display in the Context Gallery at the Mary Rose Museum [MR81.5091T]
Spoked wheel recovered from the Orlop deck of the Mary Rose [MR81.5261T]
Archaeological director, Margaret Rule, looking at the remains of a very fragile sword underwater and considering methods of excavation and recovery [MR81.5272T]
Diver transporting finds (sail cloth) he has removed his fins to make it easier to walk along on the seabed and less destructive to fragile sediments [MR81.5338T]
Repairs being carried out to the airlifts on board the Diving Support Vessel, Sleipner [MR81.5446T]
A conger eel pokes its head out from between the beams of the Mary Rose [MR81.5568T]
Diver, under the sterncastle, looking through one of the gun ports on the main deck [MR81.5809T]
A stowaway crab on one of the longbows from a chest [MR81.5898T]
Filming in the finds bay with Margaret Rule [MR81.5947T]
A model to demonstrate the method for lifting the Mary Rose pump [MR81.6052T]
The pump being lifted from Sleipner onto a barge [MR81.6060T]
Careful planning, coordination and communication went into organising the diving and excavation work [MR81.6150T]
Bronze gun (81A3003) being lifted – this cannon, like 81A1423, is also now on display in the Context Gallery at the Mary Rose Museum [MR81.6743T]
Diver underwater wearing surface supply diving equipment [MR81.6772T]
Overseeing the raising of one of the Mary Rose’s anchors [MR81.6846T]
Cauldron from the galley on board the Sleipner after excavation [MR81.6925T]
We are all looking ahead to June’s images as we start work on digitising the images taken during the excavations in 1982! With this year marking the 35th anniversary of the raising of the Mary Rose (11th October 1982) we are likely to see things as they happened 35 years ago!