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

Watch the exhibition online – The Last Voyage of the Gloucester: Norfolk’s Royal Shipwreck, 1682

Explore the wreck

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Access to artefacts

Regrettably, access to artefacts for loan and research purposes is not currently possible due to the fragility of the artefacts, and ongoing discussions about the final governance of the Gloucester 1682.

Image credits and copyright: The Wreck of the Gloucester off Yarmouth 6 May 1682, John Danckerts, c.1682 © National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. Artefact images ©2023 Julian Barnwell Lincoln Barnwell and James Little. Photogrammetry credit : Maritime Archaeology Trust, ©2023 Julian Barnwell Lincoln Barnwell and James Little
Ships Bell Image Credit : Katie Hart

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