Bournemouth University

HMS Invincible

The excavation and conservation of artefacts from the wreck of the first HMS Invincible. The importance of the project has been recognised by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in a letter to project partners.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 AM, 1 July 2016 to 11:30 AM, 1 August 2019

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Amount raised

£1,100

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Location

Situation

HMS Invincible’s remains, located in the Eastern Solent, represent the most complete and best preserved wreck of a mid-18th century warship. She is in a perilous position on the edge of a sandbank, and is included in the top 10 most-at-risk heritage sites in the UK. She includes a wealth of information about life on board, which may include the personal possessions of her sailors and marines. We need to record and recover artefacts before they are lost to the elements forever.

Solution

BU is partnering with the Maritime Archaeology Sea Trust (MAST) and the National Museum of the Royal Navy on a four year project to excavate, record, conserve and display artefacts from six areas of the wreck. The project will also run a NEET mentoring scheme, using ex-military personnel, training the volunteers in recording and conservation methods.

  • We have at last captured the Invincible which until now have only been able to admire from a distance. She is a prodigious fine ship.

    — Admiral Anson, capturer of the Invincible from the French, in 1747

  • We have at last captured the Invincible which until now have only been able to admire from a distance. She is a prodigious fine ship.

    — Admiral Anson, capturer of the Invincible from the French, in 1747