Maritime Archaeology Sea Trust

HMS Invincible

The emergency rescue excavation of HMS Invincible 1747 and the subsequent conservation and exhibition at the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 3:00 PM, 22 March 2017 to 9:36 PM, 6 April 2017

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1140497)

Amount raised

£140

Donations

2

    Category

  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage

    Helping

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  • "HMS Invincible is an invaluable part of the UK’s proud maritime history and it is important we work to save as much as possible. This hugely worthwhile project will support military veterans, serving personnel and disadvantaged teenagers to learn new skills put artefacts on display..."

    — Former Chancellor George Osborne

  • HMS Invincible is a ship of real significance - a capture from the French Navy which ironically became the standard for 74-gun ships in the Royal Navy for half a century – and we look forward to working with MAST to preserve and display the finds from this excavation.

    — Dominic Tweddle, Director-General of the National Museum of the Royal Navy

  • It’s an honour to be involved in such high profile and important project

    — Dave Parham, Associate Professor at Bournemouth University

  • "HMS Invincible is an invaluable part of the UK’s proud maritime history and it is important we work to save as much as possible. This hugely worthwhile project will support military veterans, serving personnel and disadvantaged teenagers to learn new skills put artefacts on display..."

    — Former Chancellor George Osborne

  • HMS Invincible is a ship of real significance - a capture from the French Navy which ironically became the standard for 74-gun ships in the Royal Navy for half a century – and we look forward to working with MAST to preserve and display the finds from this excavation.

    — Dominic Tweddle, Director-General of the National Museum of the Royal Navy

  • It’s an honour to be involved in such high profile and important project

    — Dave Parham, Associate Professor at Bournemouth University

Situation

HMS Invincible’s remains, located in the eastern Solent, represent the most complete and best preserved known wreck of a mid 18th century warship. The site is recognised by Historic England as one of the top 10 most at risk heritage sites in the UK. It is vital that excavation proceeds as soon as possible, otherwise the site could be irreversibly damaged and many artefacts lost forever.

Solution

MAST is lead partner with Bournemouth University and the National Museum of the Royal Navy on a four year project to excavate, record, conserve and display artefacts to be raised from six key areas of the wreck most at risk.