UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage


UCL ISH & SEAHA May Guest Lecture 'Caring for a Tudor Collection'

17 May 2018, 5:45 pm–8:00 pm

Mary Rose

On Thursday 17 May, UCL ISH will be hosting a Guest Lecture to be delivered by Dr Eleanor Schofield, Head of Conservation and Collections Care at the Mary Rose Trust.

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UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage


G01, Central House, University College London, 14 Upper Woburn Place, WC1H 0NN

The Mary Rose, a flagship of Henry VIII’s English fleet, sank off the coast of Portsmouth on the 19th July 1545. At the time of sinking, the ship was prepared for battle and therefore at capacity in terms of personnel, warfare, everyday living equipment and personal possessions. Rediscovered in the late 1960s, the following years saw the excavation of over 19,000 objects, culminating in the eventual excavation of the remaining hull itself in 1982.

The Mary Rose hull now resides in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard alongside a number of the discovered artefacts, providing a unique insight into Tudor Maritime life. Materials found vary from leather, wood, human remains to iron, bronze and lead, with items varying in size from minuscule dice to gun carriages capable of transporting 2-3 tonne cannons.

In this lecture, Dr Eleanor Schofield will give an overview of the conservation techniques and strategies employed over the last three decades. Alongside this, the criticality of new advanced materials and techniques, such as synchrotron based analysis and the development of nanotechnology enabled strategies, in ensuring the long term protection of this important cultural heritage will be demonstrated.


Dr. Eleanor Schofield is currently the Head of Conservation and Collections Care at the Mary Rose Trust.

After completing her PhD in Materials Science at Imperial College London in 2006, she completed research posts at Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory and the University of Kent. She joined the Mary Rose Trust in 2012 and is now responsible for the conservation of the Mary Rose hull and associated artefacts, the care and management of the collection and research into novel conservation treatments and characterisation methods.

Eleanor is also a heritage supervisor for SEAHA students and oversees elements of their work.