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Sir William Harris Lecture: Saving the London shipwreck - a Mary Rose for the 21st century

Event organised by PIANC

26 February 2024

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On the 07 March 1665 tragedy struck in the Thames estuary, when the warship London exploded with the loss of over 300 souls. Today, more than 350 years later, the tragedy continues as the wreck site washes away with every passing ship and tide. Located not far from Southend pier, a small team of experienced local divers brave the dark and treacherous waters to recover artefacts for public display in Southend Museum.

Hear about the tragedy, the discovery of the wreck as well as the ambitious and exciting plans to try to save the assemblage for future generations to enjoy.

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Mark Beattie-Edwards

Mark Beattie-Edwards

Nautical Archaeology Society

chief executive officer

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Mark Beattie-Edwards

Mark joined the NAS back in 2001 and since 2015 he has worked as the Nautical Archaeology Society chief executive officer and is responsible for the day to day management of the charity.

Mark is currently the secretary of the Joint Nautical Archaeology Policy Committee. Mark sits on the International Congress on Underwater Archaeology (IKUWA) Steering Committee, the Gresham Ship Project Steering Group as well as the Heritage and Craft Committee of the Society for Nautical Research. Mark has also represented the NAS as an accredited NGO at meetings of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee for UNESCO. 

Mark is currently the licensee of the Normans Bay Wreck protected wreck and the Unknown Wreck off Eastbourne, now identified as the Klein Hollandia. He has coordinated research and access to both these protected wrecks and in addition has undertaken research on the HMS m/A1 submarine and the coronation protected wreck site on behalf of English Heritage.

In 2014 Mark authored a report for English Heritage on the Local Economic Benefit of a Protected Wreck, establishing the value that could be placed on a historic wreck for the local economy of Plymouth. In 2018 Mark joined the team working on the protected wreck of The London, and is helping manage the Save The London campaign to save the wreck from destruction. 

For more information please contact:

Annabelle Molina