The Gloucester 1682 Trust has been formed to secure the heritage future of the Gloucester and the connected artefacts by fundraising to develop a permanent home in Great Yarmouth.
The story of the Gloucester
On May 6, 1682 a royal ship carrying James Stuart, Duke of York and heir to the throne ran aground on a sandbank off the Norfolk coast. It was discovered in 2007 by Norfolk divers, brothers Julian and Lincoln Barnwell and their friend, retired ex-Royal Navy submariner and diver James Little. The ship’s identity was confirmed in 2012 and its discovery was made public in June 2022.
The finding of the Gloucester is an internationally significant event.
The Gloucester (1682) Trust aims to conserve and display the Gloucester’s unique collection of artefacts and to share knowledge about the ship’s remarkable history with this and future generations.
It has the potential to revolutionise our understanding of the seventeenth century and of Norfolk’s place in the world.”
General The Lord Dannatt GCB CBE MC, Chair of The Gloucester 1682 Charitable Trust
Explore the wreck
Vote for the Gloucester Project!
Voting for the awards will go live on 1 December at www.archaeology.co.uk/vote
Voting is open to everyone. The nomination will be published in the next issue as: The Gloucester: piecing together the story of a royal wreck. The winners will be announced during the Current Archaeology Live! conference on 24 February
It was an enormous privilege for the Trustees and others involved with the Gloucester 1682…
Mary Rose Trust’s CEO Visits ‘The Last Voyage of the Gloucester, 1682: Norfolk’s Mary Rose’ Exhibition
On 8th September 2023 the Gloucester 1682 Trust’s Chairman General Lord Richard Dannatt welcomed Dominic…
A BBC News website item reports the enormous success of the Gloucester exhibition at Norwich…
Access to artefacts
Regrettably, access to artefacts for research purposes is not currently possible due fragility of the artefacts, and ongoing discussions about the final governance of the Gloucester 1682.
Image credits: The Wreck of the Gloucester off Yarmouth 6 May 1682, John Danckerts, c.1682 © National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. Artefact images ©️ Norfolk Historic Shipwrecks Ltd.
Photogrammetry credit : Maritime Archaeology Trust, ©️ Norfolk Historic Shipwrecks Ltd.
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