From seabed to land, a partnership between the National Museum of the Royal Navy and the Maritime Archaeology Sea Trust has been formally recognised.

 The relationship started with a partnership to work on the excavation of the most important maritime archaeology project in decades, the excavation of the wreck HMS Invincible.

Now the collaboration between The National Museum of the Royal Navy and the Maritime Archaeology Sea Trust has received the official seal of approval following a formal agreement signed this month.

The partners will work regionally, nationally or internationally to develop the awareness and understanding of naval heritage.

As the popularity of maritime archaeology continues to grow, this formal agreement will foster the interest of the general public in their naval heritage and maritime background.

Both partners will consult on advice to third parties including the Ministry of Defence and other Government Departments and Agencies. They have also agreed to develop and share educational and learning experience, practice and ideas for public benefit.

Jessica Berry, Chief Executive Officer of The Maritime Archaeology Sea Trust said: “I’m really delighted to be able to build on our strengthening relationship with the National Museum, and I look forward to many more great opportunities together.”

Professor Dominic Tweddle, Director General of The National Museum of the Royal Navy said: “The interest in the HMS Invincible project has demonstrated how popular and essential this work is, and anything we can do to raise awareness and understanding is really welcome.”

HMS Invincible, built by the French in 1744 and captured by the Royal Navy in 1747, sank in the Solent in 1758. Her special design, unique lines and 74-gun capacity were copied and her Class became the backbone of the Royal Navy’s fleet right up to the end of the sailing navy and the beginning of the age of steam.

Photo caption: Professor Dominic Tweddle, Director General of The National Museum of the Royal Navy with Jessica Berry, Chief Executive of Maritime Archaeology Sea Trust.

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