Conserving Norfolk’s
Royal Shipwreck

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!

The Gloucester project has been nominated in the Rescue Project of the Year category for the 2024 Current  Archaeology Awards. 

This is because the research focuses on recovered artefacts that are otherwise threatened by the wreck deteriorating. All nominations are based on projects featured within the magazine over the last 12 months.   

 Voting for the awards will go live on 1 December at  
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

Latest News

A Visit to the Mary Rose

It was an enormous privilege for the Trustees and others involved with the Gloucester 1682…

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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