Dive into the untold story of the finding, excavation and recovery of Henry VIII’s favourite ship in our new immersive 4D cinema experience, Dive the Mary Rose 4D.Dive the mary rose 4d, Book your tickets today
Hear the stories of the people who dived on the ship, from the Tudor divers of 1545 to the 20th century search Alexander McKee and his team of volunteers. Then enter our new state-of-the-art 4D theatre, and join the divers as they discover the first timbers, excavate the 34m long shipwreck, recover her treasures and return the Mary Rose to the surface for the first time in 437 years, all brought to life with a combination of archive footage and CGI, as well as multi-sensory features including sounds, smells, bubbles wind and movement.
Dive the Mary Rose 4D tells the stories of all those who were instrumental in bringing the Mary Rose to the surface of The Solent, acting as a lasting legacy for the hundreds of individuals involved in the world’s largest underwater excavation and recovery.
The Gloucester Project
The Gloucester Project is a significant historical research project exploring the life and times of the Gloucester frigate. It is funded by a major research grant from The Leverhulme Trust (2021-24).
The Gloucester was an English warship launched in 1654 and participated in several global conflicts before it was lost on 6 May 1682 when it struck a sandbank off North Norfolk. It was transporting James, Duke of York and Albany, heir presumptive to Edinburgh from London when it was lost.
The inaugural exhibition ‘The Last Voyage of the Gloucester: Norfolk’s Royal Shipwreck, 1682’ was held at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery from 25 February 2023 to 10 September 2023, the result of a partnership between Julian and Lincoln Barnwell, Norfolk Museums Service, and academic partner UEA.
The exhibition was curated by Professor Claire Jowitt and Dr Benjamin Redding (UEA and the Gloucester Project), and Ruth Battersby-Tooke and Dr Francesca Vanke (Norfolk Museums Service).
In the exhibition we included a mini-drama written by UEA Creative Writing Professor Steve Waters and voiced by past and present students. Professor Claire Jowitt and Dr Benjamin Redding were historical advisors for the production. Below, hear them talking about the stories behind events on the Gloucester and watch the drama.