The Rooswijk was a Dutch East India Company vessel which sank on the treacherous Goodwin Sands, off Kent, in January 1740. The ship was outward bound for Batavia (modern-day Jakarta) with trade-goods. Now a protected wreck site the ship’s remains lie at a depth of some 25 metres. They’re owned by the Dutch Government and managed by Historic England on behalf of the Department of Digital, Culture Media and Sport. The Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands and Historic England have been working on the site with MSDS Marine to excavate the wreck site.
We are pleased to announce a third 2018 open day due to popular demand. Come and view the Historic England conservation facilities and see how our conservators are stabilising finds from the Rooswijk. Meet the project team and try a virtual dive on the site. Learn what the finds tell us about the wreck and hear what the archaeologists think this might mean.
When: Sunday 11th November 10am – 3pm*
Where: Fort Cumberland, Fort Cumberland Road, Eastney, Portsmouth PO4 9LD
Drop in and stay as long as you like. Free and suitable for all ages. For more information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
* Please note we will be observing a Two Minute Silence at 11am for Armistice Day 2018